Mukura Victory Sports won the Peace Cup 2018 after they beat Rayon Sports on 3-1 penalties. The game had ended in a goalless draw. The extra time 30 minutes also ended with no team scoring and went for penalties which ended Mukura winning 3 to one for Rayon Sports.
Mukura VS win has ended a 24-year stint without a major cup won in Rwanda. They had not won a major football tournament in the last 24 years.
Mukura’s win will see them represent Rwanda in the CAF Confederations Cup 2019 while Rayon Sports who represent in this year’s African competition will play only domestic competitions after they finished the national league in the third place behind APR FC who were champions and AS Kigali who came second in the Azam Rwanda Premier League 2017-2018.
Rayon Sports coached by Brasilian Robertinho Concalvez Gonzalez played against Mukura Victory Sports at Stade de Kigali in Nyamirambo.
The game was preceded by the game in which APR FC beat Sunrise FC 1-0 to win the third place of the tournament. APR ‘s lone goal was scored by Fiston Nkinzingabo who netted in the 44th minute.
In the semifinals, APR were eliminated by MVS after both teams had drawn goalless in Huye in the first leg game and the return game ended in a 1-1 draw which saw the military side eliminated due to the away goal difference.
Rayon Sports reached the final after they edged out Sunrise on the 3-2 score aggregate.
While Rayon Sports were Peace Cup 2016 champions, Mukura had not won a major tournament in the last 24 years.
The last time they had reached a final in the Peace Cup was in 2009 when they were defeated by the nonexistent ATRACO FC 0-1.
Two of the oldest clubs in Rwandan football, the yellow and black Mukura had last faced the blue and white Rayon Sports in the Peace Cup final back in 2005 when Rayon beat Mukura 3-0 and won the trophy.
In Nyamirambo, Rayon Sports dominated the first half of the game though the chances got by their players could not be converted into goals which made it a goalless half time.
Both teams kept hunting for a goal but Rayon Sports’ goalkeeper Gerald Bikorimana and Mukura’s Omar Rwabugili made incredible saves and made the normal 90 game minutes end with no team having opened the scores.
They went for 30 extra time minutes of which the first 15 minutes finished both teams still having a null result.
In the second half of the the 30 extra time minutes, Rayon Sports pressed hard with a good playing from Kevin Muhire, Yannick Mukunzi and Olivier Niyonzima Sefu but Francis Haringingo’s men kept their watchful eyes on Rayon’s players and defended well.
Mukura’s halfback, Burundian David Nshimirimana was at his best until the game ended.
Tactical and historical substitution
A minute to the final whistle, Mukura’s coach made a tactical change when he substituted goalie Rwabugili who had impressed in the 120 minutes and introduced keeper Aimé Regis Ingabire.
Regis Ingabire was the hero of the day after he saved the last penalty for Rayon Sports that was kicked by Bonfils Bimenyimana Caleb while the other penalties had been missed by Abdul Rwatubyaye, and Yassin Mugume with only Yannick Mukunzi having won his taken penalty for Rayon Sports.
Mukura’s three players who took penaltie all converted them and the game finished in 3-1 penalties to Rayon Sports.