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Biziyaremye Looks to Bounce Back After Recovering From Injury

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

Last weekend, Joseph Biziyaremye made a promising return to cycling after being out of action for six months due to injury. He participated in the second race of the 2017 Rwanda Cycling Cup which was his first as he looks to return to the top of his game. The third race, dubbed ‘Race to Remember’ that will start from Ruhango town heading to Karongi district plus a circuit is slated for this Saturday.

The 29-year-old Biziyaremye was involved in a career-threatening accident while competing in the 2016 Tour du Rwanda, during the stage five ( Muhanga to Musanze) less than a kilometre to the finish line after knocking down a spectator who was trying to cross the road.

Biziyaremye had a concussion and was rushed to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali where he stayed for seven weeks receiving treatment.

The accident occurred just a day after he finished second in stage four (Rusizi-Huye) also known as ‘Nyungwe Challenge’ that was won by Joseph Areruya, who now rides for South Africa-based UCI Continental Team Dimension Data.

Last Saturday, during the Farmers’ Circuit race; Kigali to Nyagatare; the former Cine Elmay rider made his return to competitive cycling for the first time since last November, riding for Kayonza-based Muhazi Cycling Generation.

He finished in ninth place posting less than two minutes behind the winner, Jean Claude Uwizeye of Les Amis Sportifs de Rwamagana.

Uwizeye won the 152-kilomtre race using 3 hours 41 minutes and 46 seconds, while Biziyaremye posted 3 hours, 43 minutes and 22 seconds.

“I have fully recovered, and I felt strong in last week’s race after almost four weeks of training. Finishing ninth was really a great performance for me especially given than I had been out for over six months after my accident. I believe I will be much better in the next race,” he told Times Sport.

The Kamonyi-born rider was among the five cyclists that raced for the national team (Team Rwanda) during 2016 Tour du Rwanda-others were Eric Nduwayo and now retired duo of Nathan Byukusenge and Abraham Ruhumuriza..

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Disi Tips Local Athletes to End Kenyan Dominance

Retired long distance and cross country runner Dieudonné Disi has challenged local athletes to roll up their sleeves and end a decade -long jinx at the Kigali International Peace Marathon ahead of the 2017 edition set for Sunday.

Started in 2005, as a way to use sports in the healing and reconciliation process after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and a medium to spread peace beyond the borders, the Kigali International Peace Marathon has grown into one of the region’s prestigious events.

However, Rwandan athletes have remained minnows in their own race, with Kenyans dominating it year after year.

Disi, now 36, who won gold in the men’s half marathon in 2006, has challenged the current crop of athletes to up their game.

Since 2006, no other Rwandan has won either the full or half marathon, in both men and women categories.

“Our athletes should get rid of the myth that Kenyans are born winners, if you are going to race against a Kenyan why do you feel they will finish in front of you even before the race has started, if you get tired in the midst of the race don’t give up, you should instead know that he (Kenyan) is a human being and might also get tired,” said Disi in an exclusive interview with Times Sport.

Rwanda’s most decorated long and middle distance runner, advised that, “Team work is crucial for them to win, they need to work together along the course, give each other pace and one, not all of them, should pick water for all of them in order not to lose time and then towards the finish, the stronger one, can sprint.”

In 2015, Jean Baptiste Ruvubi came close to making history in full marathon but fell short to finish second behind Kenya’s Ezekial Omullo Kemboi (2:18:15), who finished 48 seconds ahead of the Gicumbi-born runner.

Last year, fast-rising female athlete Salome Nyirarukundo also came close to winning the women half marathon but also had to settle for second in a race that was won by Kenyan Anges Jeruto.

According to the organizers, Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF), this year’s edition is expected to attract about 6,000 athletes from across the world.

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Angola: Zaire – Nzeto/Soyo Motorway to Be Completed in August

Soyo — The pavement of the two lanes, from the four paved roads on the Nzeto / Soyo highway in the northern Zaire province will be completed in August.

This was said to the press on Monday by the provincial director of the Angola Road Institute (INEA), Manuel Diangani.

He said that the works, which started at the end of December 2016, are running at a satisfactory pace.

As for the works for the city of Soyo, the director assured that of the 54 kilometers of road awarded in the route between the localities of Kivunge and Kitona, 12 kilometers of the road have already been paved.

“In this sub-section, the road will be 12 meters wide, with two lanes of 3.75 meters each direction and a meter of berm”, explained the source.

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Myasiro Gears Up for Kigali International Peace Marathon

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

With five days left to this year’s edition of Kigali International Peace Marathon, Rwanda’s Jean Marie Vianney Myasiro is set to impress in his second appearance at the annual event taking place on Sunday.

The 20-year-old will be Rwanda’s medal hopeful in the men’s half marathon.

Under the theme “Run for our Heroes” in honor of the lives lost during the struggle to liberate the country, the 2017 edition is expected to attract about 6,000 athletes from across the world.

Speaking to Times Sport after the Monday morning session, the Mountain Classic athlete said he is looking forward to a great performance.

“I am ready for the competition, I have been training for the past month and I am convinced this year will be a better one for me compared to last year,” he revealed.

Myasiro, who says his debut was aimed at giving him a taste of the experience to prepare for this year, is aiming to become the second Rwandan male to win a medal after Jean Baptiste Ruvubi, who scooped silver in full marathon, in 2015.

The youngster however, added that, “I am keeping my expectations low but I feel confident that I can do it (get a podium finish), so let’s wait for the D-day.”

Last year, Myasiro finished in eighth place coming four minutes behind Kenyan Benson Kipruto who won the half marathon in 1:4:13.

No Rwandan athlete has ever won the Kigali International Peace Marathon, which has been dominated by Kenyans in both the men and women categories.

Last year, James Cheritich Tallam won gold in the men’s 42km race using two hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of compatriots Rono Kibet (2:19:20) and William Rutto Chebdi (2:20:11).

Theoneste Kayiranga (2:24:06) was Rwanda’s best finisher in 7th place.

In the women category, it was also an all-Kenyan affair with the winner, Jeruiyot Chemweno, clocking 2 hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds, ahead of Alice Cheroti Milgo Serser (2:41:32) while Jacqueline Nyetipei Kipromoo (2:53:56) got bronze.

In the half marathon, Kenyan Anges Jeruto won gold in one hour, 13 minutes and 31 seconds and Rwanda’s Salome Nyirarukundo scooped silver clocking 1 hour, 13 minutes and 55 seconds.

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Half Marathon 21km

Full Marathon 42km

Run for Peace 7km

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Amavubi Coach Hey Pledges ‘A Stronger Squad’ Ahead of Afcon Qualifiers

Photo: Timothy Kisambira/The New Times

Amavubi players undergoing a fitness test at Amahoro National Stadium.

By Peter Kamasa

The national football team head coach, Antoine Hey, has vowed to assemble a stronger team before the forthcoming international competitions, beginning next month.

Thirty-five players have been summoned for the second fitness test from May 24-25 at Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali.

Out of those summoned, the German tactician will select the final squad (including professionals) for the opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Central African Republic on June 11 in Bangue. In the same group, Cote d’Ivoire will host Guinea in Abidjan on the same weekend.

“We must have a very well prepared and strong team available for the international competitions,” Hey said in an interview with Times Sport.

He added, “When we start the training (on May 25-26), we will not have time to improve the fitness, but instead we will focus more on the technical and tactical side. I believe we will have a strong team available before the first qualifier.”

Rwanda was drawn in Group H for AFCON 2019 along with Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Central African Republic.

The remaining qualifiers will be played between March and November 2018.

Amavubi will be looking to qualify for the second time having made its debut in 2004, in Tunisia.

The winner of each group alongside the best three second placed teams will qualify for the tournament and hosts Cameroon will also be part of the qualifiers.

Hey dropped six players from the initial 41 that attended the first fitness test held on May 4, with all players being tested on both speed and endurance.

Those dropped include; Herve Rugwiro (APR FC), Fiston Munezero, Kevin Muhire (Rayon Sports), Michel Ndahinduka, Rodrigue Murengezi, (AS Kigali) and Francois Hakizimana (Musanze FC).

The 31 outfield players:

Michel Rusheshangonga, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Faustin Usengimana, Aimable Nsabimana, Yannick Mukunzi, Muhadjiri Hakizimana, Djihad Bizimana, Fiston Nkizingabo, Patrick Sibomana and Amran Nshimiyimana (APR FC).

Thierry Manzi, Dominique Savio Nshuti, Olivier Niyonzima and Djabel Manishimwe (Rayon Sports), Mohamed Mpozembizi, Eric Ngendahimana, Justin Mico, Jean Marie Vianney Muvandimwe and Dany Usengimana (Police FC), Ally Niyonzima and Yussuf Habimana (Mukura)

Others are; Aimable Rucogoza, Bertrand Iradukunda and David Nzabanita (Bugesera FC), Soter Kayumba, Latif Bishira, Barnabe Mubumbyi and Eric Iradukunda (AS Kigali), Ramadhan Niyonkuru (Musanze FC), Gilbert Mugisha (Pepiniere FC) and Ally Mbogo (Espoir FC).

Evelyn Watta Elected AIPS Vice President

By Elias Makori

Pyeongchang, South Korea — Kenyan broadcast journalist Evelyn Watta has been elected vice president of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) at the global organisation’s annual congress in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Watta, a former NTV sports editor, received the highest percentage of the vote at 90.8 per cent among six candidates fighting for four slots at the 80th congress of the AIPS on Friday in the ski resort city that will host next year’s Winter Olympic Games.

Italian journalist Gianni Merlo, a veteran of Milan sports daily Gazetta dello Sport, was elected unopposed as president of the global sports journalists’ association with Turkey’s Esat Yilmaer and Croatia’s Jura Olmec also unopposed as first vice president and treasurer, respectively.

Others elected as vice presidents besides Watta were Hiji Ali Mohammed (Qatar), Nikolai Dolgopolov (Russia) and Daras Ioannis (Greece).

There were 13 journalists elected into the executive committee including Ahmadi Seyed Abdolhamid (Iran), Csisztu Zsusza (Hungary), Dattoli Vicente (Brazil), Emmanuel Fantaneanu (Romania), Jung Hee-Don (South Korea) and Isa Ahmad Khawari (Malaysia).

Others are Josef Langer (Austria), Jean Paul Savart (France), Morad Moutaouakkil (Morocco), Ernesto Ortiz Gomez (Uruguay), Antonio Prieto Juan (Spain), Hiroshi Takeuchi (Japan) and Jose Zidar (Slovenia).

Watta told ‘Nation Sport’ she was excited at being elected, noting that this was proof that Kenyan sports journalism is alive and kicking.

“This is a great honour for women sports journalists and also for young sports journalists. I’m honoured and the hard work now begins,” said Watta who becomes the first African to be elected vice president of the near-100 years old global organisation and also only the second woman ever to sit in the executive as vice president.

“It also goes to show that Kenyan sports journalism is high up there with the rest of the world,” added Watta who is also the treasurer of the Sports Journalists’ Association of Kenya (SJAK).

In his acceptance speech, Merlo called for global sports journalists to unite and tackle the problems that lay on their professional paths.

Among the issues raised during the 80th annual congress of the AIPS was the fact that some international sports federations still don’t recognise the AIPS press cards during accreditation for their competitions.

Kenya was also represented at the congress by SJAK president Chris Mbaisi, secretary Mike Okinyi and organising secretary Vereso Mwanga.

Global journalists attending the annual congress were also brought up to speed on Nairobi’s preparations for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships that will be held in Kasarani from July 12 to 16 at the Moi International Sports Centre.

Already, some journalists have show interest in covering the Nairobi championships, including a good number from Sri Lanka, India, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Nigeria, The Gambia and a number of European countries.

The championships’ Local Organising Committee along with the Kenya Tourism Board will arrange tours to game reserves, national parks and other attractions for a select group of international journalists who will cover the Nairobi championships.

IAAF President Seb Coe also addressed the delegates, stressing the need for athletics promotion in schools.

“You want top class athletes who can encourage and excite young people to take up the sport and they are the role models and they are the people who can attract others to shop window,” Coe said in Seoul during the congress’ opening.

“But for that to happen, you also need young people involved in the sport in the first place and for the sport to be encouraged through schools.”

The AIPS executive committee for 2017-2022:

Gianni Merlo (President) Italy

Esat Yilmaer (First Vice President) Turkey

Jura Ozmec (Treasurer) Croatia

Vice Presidents:

Evelyn Watta (Kenya)

Hiji Ali Mohammed (Qatar)

Nikolai Dolgopolov (Russia),

Daras Ioannis (Greece)

Members:

Ahmadi Seyed Abdolhamid (Iran)

Csisztu Zsusza (Hungary)

Dattoli Vicente (Brazil)

Emmanuel Fantaneanu (Romania)

Jung Hee-Don (South Korea)

Isa Ahmad Khawari (Malaysia)

Josef Langer (Austria)

Jean Paul Savart (France)

Morad Moutaouakkil (Morocco)

Ernesto Ortiz Gomez (Uruguay)

Antonio Prieto Juan (Spain)

Hiroshi Takeuchi (Japan)

Jose Zidar (Slovenia)

KPL Can Be Best in Africa, Says La Liga Chief

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Spanish La Liga President Javier Tebas (right) poses for photos with Kenyan Premier League chairman Ambrose Rachier at the KPL offices in Nairobi on May 9, 2017.

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has the potential to be one of the best in Africa, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas.

Tebas, speaking to Capital Sport on the sidelines of the signing of a three-year partnership with the KPL said the Spanish league managers are ready to give their Kenyan counterparts as much help as they can to ensure the dream comes to reality.

“We came here because when we talked with the representatives from Kenya last year, we saw a lot of potential. There is passion for football in Kenya just like there is in Spain and we can use this passion to grow the game. For us it is important to help Kenya achieve their targets,” Tebas said.

He also noted the partnership will help build the audience and fan base of the Spanish La Liga in the country and the continent as a whole, aiming to reach the same heights the English Premier League has.

“That is exactly what we want. In three years, our dream is to make La Liga one of the biggest in the world,” the 54-year old Spanish Costa Rican born football administrator noted.

Kenya is set to benefit in terms of capacity building from the three-year renewable partnership with La Liga already having sent a permanent representative in Kenya, Oliver Dodd who will be based at the KPL offices in Westlands.

Among the benefits the partnership is going to yield for the local league including conducting coaching clinic by coaches from Spain who will mostly put their attention on the KPL teams’ junior sides as well as training of club managers.

“Cubs can learn from the La Liga especially in terms of better management and commercialization of the league. That is what has put the La Liga up above there. We hope to help the Kenyan teams learn and put this into practice,” Tebas added.

La Liga will also help KPL structure and commercialize its broadcast rights especially now that the league lacks a broadcast partner with South African Pay TV company SuperSport having terminated their contract in March.

“The Kenyan Premier League in particular and Kenyan football in general are set to benefit immensely from KPL’s partnership with the best of the best in world football. LaLiga will provide capacity building support which will benefit clubs, players, coaches, medical personnel, club administrators, and the community,” KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier said during the launch on Thursday morning.

La Liga is also set to help Kenyan clubs get exposed and accustomed to the latest trends in modern professional football management including in fields of communication, match analysis tools and software, player health and safety, coaching and player development techniques.

Among other things planned is for a KPL select team to travel for friendly matches in Spain during off season just like it happened with a select team travelling to the United Kingdom to play English Premier League side Hull City.

KPL and La Liga are also set to work with social and community projects and engage in activities which will give back to the society through sponsoring of annual off-the-season football tournaments with kits, footballs, playing boots, and other equipment.

“La Liga is a very valuable partner and it is my call to clubs owners and administrators, players, coaches, medical personnel, as well as the media to take the challenge of putting into practice the lessons which will be learnt from our association with La Liga seriously,” Rachier further said.

The new partnership will also open up doors for more Kenyans to move to the Spanish La Liga. Up to date, only one Kenyan, MacDonald Mariga has featured in the La Liga having played for Real Sociedad on loan from Inter Milan between 2011 and 2012.

A lover of sports who seeks to tell the African story in an African way. Top ten finalist of the Abu Dhabi Sports Media Pearl Awards. Be it on the pitch, court, track, pool or course, the story will be told. On twitter @KakaTimm

EU Elections Observers and Rwanda’s Presidential Polls

opinionBy Thierry Kevin Gatete

And Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.’ Luke 23:28

The European Union has announced that it won’t be observing Presidential Elections in Rwanda. I am happy to note that our elections pose no concern to the international community.

I longed for the day that Rwanda would enter a post-political era; The day when people of the world will think of Rwanda and think of business, tourism, culture and African Renaissance, The day when people like me; political analysts and human rights defenders will go out of business. Is that day here?

Say what you will, no African country ever sends observers to European or American electoral processes. The assumption here is that the country being observed is not trusted to autonomously conduct its democratic business in an effective and peaceful manner; that its politicians may call for violence, that the people aren’t politically mature, that the process may trigger public unrest. The presence of observers, therefore, is to warn competing factions that the world is watching; that any of their irresponsible actions will not go unchecked.

Except, at the moment, it is in all likelihood, the observers that need observing, it is their candidates and incumbents that are using hate speech, it is, in their elections that claims of undue influence are emerging, it is in their results that populists are carrying the day; it is in their countries that fascism seems on the rise. So the question as posed by Roman Poet Juvenal in his famous satire VI: ‘Who shall guard the guardians’? Or in this case who shall observe the observers?

Today, it is Africa and no one else, who should have every reason to worry. It is presumably Americans and Europeans that are making decisions that would seem irresponsible from our standpoint. Now, historically when Africans make irresponsible decisions, devastating civil wars occur; sometimes even regional wars; when Europeans and Americans make irresponsible decisions; World Wars occur and push our planet at the brink of destruction…

Explaining why they aren’t sending observers to Rwandan elections, the EU representative remarked: ‘Our thoughts are that there will be no surprises in Rwanda…’ Well Mr. Ryan, we are deeply devastated that this is boring for you, but you see, suspense is good in a fiction thriller; suspense isn’t good in a race, when your money is on one particular racer – usually Lewis Hamilton.

That’s right; there is no suspense in Rwandan elections, because when it comes to our livelihood, we do not leave our odds to chance; I wish I could say the same about Brexit, French elections or Trump’s next move…

But all is not lost, by the Rwandan God sleeping it Ibirunga Mountains, I shall make it up to you! There is a Rayon Sport – APR match coming up! Come with me, I’ll get the tickets so we can ‘Observe’ that together. I swear, I can’t tell who’ll win…

‘This is the end beautiful friend, this is the end my only friend, the end ♩ ♪ ♫’ – The Doors.

New Volleyball Federation President Appeals for Teamwork

By Peter Kamasa

Newly elected president of the Rwanda Volleyball Federation (FRVB), Leandre Karekezi has said that teamwork is the only way to improve the level of the sport in the country.

The former Mayor of Gisagara District was elected unopposed in the general election held on Saturday at Amahoro national stadium. He replaced Gustave Nkurunziza, who resigned less than a month after his re-election for a second four-year term, in February. Nkurunziza had beaten Karekezi by 18-9 votes.

Nkurunziza and the Secretary General, Christian Hatumimana and Treasurer, Jeannette Uwera were arrested by Rwanda National Police over corruption charges but were later released. Hatumimana resigned one week later.

After finally getting his wish to run local volleyball, Karekezi said, “I am thankful for the members, who voted me and I promise to carry out the mandate given to me, in the best way possible. I will be focusing on developing affordable infrastructure in every party of the country, it is not so expensive.”

“We need to have volleyball played in every sector of the country. Citizens must know the game better, which means improving our public relations. And to achieve our goals, we need to work together and as a united federation,” added Karekezi.

Karekezi also promised to work on bringing back supporters to the grounds and to develop the sport, which is one of the best performing in the country.

He noted that, “Yes, I am the president but we must work together as group to improve the game. We need teamwork to reach our target. This way, we shall be able to take Rwandan volleyball to a higher level.”

Karekezi and his second vice president Fernand Sauveur Ruterana, were elected with 23/23 votes, while the Treasurer, Providence Mukamurenzi, received 22/23 votes.

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AFC Leopards V Gor Mahia – Where Will Mashemeji Derby Be Won and Lost?

Photo: Chris Omollo/The Nation

Gor Mahia Jacques Tuyisenge, left, dribbles during their Sportpesa Premier League match against AFC Leopards on October 23, 2016 at Nyayo Stadium.

By Cellestine Olilo and David Kwalimwa

More than just bragging rights will be on stake when AFC Leopards host arch-rivals Gor Mahia in one of the most unpredictable “Mashemeji” derby in recent years.

The two giants clash at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday with just two points separating them on the SportPesa Premier League standings. Gor are second on the log on 16 points while Leopards are fourth after eight rounds of matches.

So where will this potentially explosive encounter be won and lost? Nation Sport has picked out five battles which we believe will be key to deciding the outcome.

Harun Shakava v Gilbert Fiamenyo

Ghanaian striker Fiamenyo is currently the top scorer with four goals and therefore needs no introduction despite being in his first season in Kenya.

The stocky forward has time and again rescued Leopards this term and will be key to their title ambitions. But in Shakava, Fiamenyo faces a fast-rising defender who seems to have found a perfect partner in Musa Mohammed at the heart of the Gor Mahia defence. With both teams expected to employ a 3-5-2 formation, it remains to be seen how Fiamenyo will fair against a K’Ogalo backline that has shipped in six goals in eight matches.

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Jacques Tuyisenge v Robinson KamuraThe Rwandan striker may be experiencing a dip in his goal scoring form this term, but like every big player, he has the potential of exploding into life at any time. Tuyisenge has been kept quiet this term and has only one goal to his name, although his link up play up front with Meddie Kagere has been winning Gor crucial points.Since crossing over from childhood club Mathare United, Kamura has established himself as part of the back three in Stewart Hall’s Leopards rearguard.Both endowed with aerial advantage, the battle for the high balls will be interesting but Kamura’s set piece mastery should also be a cause for concern for Jose Marcelo Ferreira and his charges.Karim Nizigiyimana v Paul KiongeraOn a good day, Paul Mungai Kiongera is simply unstoppable. Despite enduring a niggling ankle injury for the last three weeks, the former Gor Mahia striker looked sharp in his second half cameo in their 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers last weekend.Known for his lung-busting runs, Nizigiyimana will be relied upon by Gor to deliver the crosses but Kiongera’s presence in the opposite side should be a wary for the Burundian right-back.Kenneth Muguna v Bernard Mang’oliThe 2016 Most Valuable Player Muguna has been an invaluable addition to the Gor Mahia midfield after joining the 15-time champions from Western Stima in the close season. His absence in Gor Mahia’s previous league assignment was hugely felt, as K’Ogalo went on to lose 1-0 to Mathare United. Already a fan-favourite at Gor, his return will give the Leopards midfield combination a big headache.Muguna’s stunner against Zoo Kericho in the second round matches reminded fans of his eye for goal.But while Muguna’s intricate passing has the ability to change a game, Mang’oli’s experience and command in the middle of the pack will the heavily relied upon in the contest.The Gor trio of Muguna, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza and Ernest Wendo has been creating problems for their opponents, but in Mang’oli, Duncan Otieno and Whyvonne Isuza, they come up against a dynamic opposition.Meddie Kagere v Salim “Shittu” AbdallaKagere knows where the goal is. And he was created for such occasions.Although experiencing a slow start to the league, the Ugandan-born Rwandan striker will alongside compatriot Tuyisenge, be key in finding the goals that will win this game for Gor Mahia. Kagere scored when the two teams met last October.Abdalla however has the potential of keeping Kagere quiet. The Leopards ‘big man’ has had a seamless start to life at the den after crossing over from Posta Rangers in January. Let’s see how this one plays out.

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