It was a pretty annoying defeat to APR fans who lost 1-0 to Espoir in Rusizi over the weekend, but for Rayon Sports FC, it is a feeling for hope as they look forward to narrow the point gap when the league commences after the break.
Reigning champions APR Fc were supposed to win their match day 26 encounter to ensure that their 5-points gap is secure but a slim defeat courtesy of a Kitoga Bishara Trésor’s strike in the 11th minute hindered their hopes of extending their quest to retain the league title.
The remain at the top of the table with 58 points, perhaps this give Rayon a chance to catch with two games in hand and with six games before the league comes to an end.
Realistically, it means with 53 points, Rayon have to win the two games and come back at the top and if they stand a chance to win the title they have to win all the remaining games.
I don’t think I lose any control,” Rayon Sports head coach Djuma Masudi said. “The attitude of the team today reflects that they are all involved. It is the best way to finish the season but I am happy with the attitude.
“The players are focused and we continue the chase for the title, and we believe it is ours not until it is over and we are still in the competition if we can only avoid defeats or draws.” We requested FERWAFA to suspend our games because some of our players left of national duty.” Masudi explained
In their next game, they have a touch away to a struggling side AS Muhanga at the bottom of the table which is doable, and then later Musanze, Amagaju, Espoir, host SC Kiyovu. This Wednesday they host Etincelles which seems to be threatening fixture for coach Masudi.
Rayon has lost only once so far, it’s rare that they won’t face some slips ups looking at the next fixtures. So it may seem a stretch but their final three league game campaigns of the season also give them some hope.
They will have to face Espoir, Amagaju before summing up the season with Musanze FC a time that has struggled to display any style of consistency this season.
Tough fixtures for APR who have lost four games this season offers potential for slip up, they have to face Amagaju, Musanze, and Marines and will conclude the season with a traditional challenging AS Kigali which is fourth on the table. The army side drew goalless with Marines in the first leg of the season.
It is more conceivable that both sides will drop points but Rayon is likely to have a superior goal difference. They have a better goal difference of 33 to 23 apparently.