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Friday, 16 May 2014

APR BASK IN GLORY

APR FC head coach Vincent Mashami reveled in a great season as he paid tribute to players, fans and club administrators after their historic Turbo King Football League title triumph. APR won the historic Rwandan league title, two years after they decided to offload foreign players in favour of only Rwandan players as a way of giving a chance to homegrown talent. The military side were crowned champions without kicking a ball after their final day opponents AS Muhanga failed to turn up for the game following the players’ strike over unpaid salary arrears for four months. “This is a great day for APR and the supporters, we are happy for this title because for most of the players and us the coaches, this is the first title, it’s something to enjoy,” Mashami said. Mashami described the journey to the title as very long and never easy. He said it involved tough games but noted that his team maintained focus and kept on fighting up to the end. However, the former Isonga tactician was quick to warn his players against complacency and urged them to go ‘full throttle’ in their upcoming fixtures of the Peace Cup competition and ensure they don’t miss out on a double. Skipper, Ismail Nshutiyamagara was equally excited. “I’m very happy, it is really a wonderful feeling, after a lot of hard work we have made it and it is in order to congratulate everyone. We set out to make history, we have done it,” said Nshutiyamagara. Defender Emery Bayisenge was overwhelmed by the historic win as he struggled to express his feelings. The 20-year old defender said: “I cannot explain how I feel; it is amazing, it has always been my dream to win a league title for years. Thank God I have achieved my dream, I’m so happy.”

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