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Ten-man Rayon Sports hold AC Leopards

Rwandan league champions Rayon Sports forced hosts AC Leopards de Dolisie to a goalless draw in the first leg of the Champions League preliminary round at Stade Denis Sassou N’guesso Dolisie yesterday. AC Leopards, 2012 Confederation Cup winners, failed to convert a penalty after Rayon Sports goalie Jean Luc Ndayishimiye was controversially sent off with ten minutes to the end of the game. The blues are representing Rwanda in the CAF Champions League competition this year, hoping to go one better than arch rivals APR who got knocked out in the first round of the 2013 edition. The club president Theogene Ntampaka, who spoke to Times Sport yesterday from Congo Brazzaville, is quite confident Rayon Sports will win the second leg to reach the first round. “The referees were not on our side but, lucky enough, our players managed to put up a spirited fight. We are going to put much focus on preparing the second leg which we hope to win and progress to the next round,” added Ntampaka. A win for Rayon Sports on Sunday will power them into the first round where they will face the winner between Primeiro di Agosto of Angola and Lioli from Lesotho in the first round. Elsewhere, Ugandan side Kampala City Council boosted their chances of going through to the first round when they defeated Al-Merreikh 2-0 at the Al-Merreikh Stadium in Sudan on Saturday night. The two away goals, from Herman Wasswa and Tony Odur, mean that the Ugandans have an edge going into the second leg which will take place in Kampala next weekend. Tanzania’s Young Africans recorded the biggest win of the weekend, thumping Komorozine Sports of the Comoros Islands 7-0, while Sporting de Praia Cruz of Sao Tome and Principe beat Mali’s Stade Malien 3-2. Kenya’s Gor Mahia also won, defeating US Bitam of Gabon 1-0

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Kigali take first leg lead against Entebbe

Kigali Golf Club beat their Entebbe counterparts in the first leg of the Kigali-Entebbe Golf Challenge played on Saturday at the Par-18 Kigali golf course in Nyarutarama. Kigali Golf club president Dr. Richard Gakuba recieves the rotating trophy from his counterpart at Entebbe Golf club Oscar Semawere (R) on Saturday. Times Sport / Courtesy. The visiting team was comprised of 35 golfers, including three women, while the hosts had over 40 players, five of them ladies. Kigali Club’s Taylor Koonce, who was playing on Group 2 and Lee Kang in Group 3, had the best score in the first leg of 68 Nett each, while Innocent Rutamu won Group 1 with 75 Nett. Maxi Byenkya, from Entebbe Club, won the ladies category after carding 76 Nett. The event was sponsored by East African Breweries Limited with Nakumatt, Nika Printers and Forever Active Boost energy drink as the co-sponsors. Uganda’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero was the guest of honor at the closing ceremony. The idea of this challenge between the two clubs, which started in 2012 with the first edition, was aimed at creating an inter-club reciprocation which entitles members of either club unlimited benefits when they travel to each other’s course. Kigali hosted and won the first edition in 2012 and Entebbe won last year’s edition at their home course. However, unlike the previous two editions, for this year, the winner will be determined after the return leg which will be played in June at the Entebbe Golf Club. Results:  Individuall contest: Group 1: Innocent Rutamu  (75 Nett) Group 2: Taylor Koonce  (68 Nett) Group 3: Lee Kang  (68 Nett) Ladies Category: Maxi Byenkya (ENTEBBE) – 76 Nett Inter-Club contest scores: Entebbe Golf Club  – 807 Nett Kigali golf Club  – 716 Nett *This was taken from the best ten scores returned by either side. By Hamza Nkuutu,The New Times

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Haruna, Mbuyu help Yanga edge Komorozine

AMAVUBI Stars’ duo of midfielder Haruna Niyonzima and defender Mbuyu Twite played a vital role as Tanzanian champions Young Africans thumped Komorozine de Domoni of Comoro 7-0 in the preliminary round, first leg of the Africa Champions League match. Striker Mrisho Ngasa set the hosts on their way with the opener in the 14th minute and defender Nadir Haroub doubled the lead six minutes later for a 2-0 half-time lead at the National Stadium. Yanga now need just a draw in the return leg slated for a week later to sail through and book a date with defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt. The latter have been given a bye to the first round proper. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Ferwacy starts new training centre in Musanze

Rwanda Cycling Federation Ferwacy announced plans to pen the Africa Rising Cycling Centre in Musanze which is expected to begin operations in the coming months. According to Team Rwanda officials, the centre will not only benefit the development of young Rwandan riders but also riders from the neighbouring countries. Africa Rising Cycling Centre will offer mountain bike and road bike tours using Rwanda national team cyclists as guides. Team Rwanda will be using cycling to promote tourism in the area. ARCC will work with tourism companies in the region to encourage tourists to stay longer in Rwanda and to take in all the beauty this country has to offer. By June, ARCC will operate a cafe to encourage tourists to stop after visiting the gorillas, to learn more about the national cycling team. All proceeds from the cafe and centre will be used to support the training of the national team, Ferwacy, and to develop bicycling tourism in the country. Ferwacy and Team Rwanda Cycling will announce the grand opening date(s) in the coming months. By Peter Kamasa,The New Times

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Cricket Without Borders return to Rwanda

Eight officials from United Kingdom-based charity organisation, Cricket Without Boundaries [CWB] , are back in the country to promote the sport in schools through coaching clinics and learning sessions for children. The team, comprised of Stephen Dey, David Murray, Bill Allen, Rob Jones, Tracey Davies, Alan Hough and Amardeep Singh arrived in the country yesterday and would be holding a two-week coaching visit to schools in Kigali, Huye  and Kinihira. Districts. Their main purpose is to impart cricket skills to the youth whilst passing on the HIV/Aids messages to the cricketers. As part of the activities, CWB will run four teachers’ coaching courses and one umpiring and scoring course. The Rwanda Cricket Association general manager Joshua Mwanja said: “CWB does a fantastic job in using cricket to teach HIV/Aids awareness messages and this education to thousands of people in schools helps to save many from getting HIV/Aids.” He added that in 2013, the Rwandan youth playing numbers increased by 30% because of the two projects run by CWB. Since 2005, CWB has hosted similar projects in eight African countries, including Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Azam pull slim 1-0 win in Conf Cup

Azam failed to utilize to the maximum their home ground advantage and managed a razor-thin 1-0 victory over visiting Ferroviario de Beira of Mozambique in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round, first-leg match. Azam FC A lone first half goal by striker Kipre Tchetche of Ivory Coast was all the hosts needed to put themselves on a safer side for the return-leg match. However, the narrow win casts doubt on their chances of progressing to the next round, considering that their opponents are more experienced and will do all they can to cash in on the home ground advantage. This is Azam’s second consecutive appearance in the continental tournament and in their debut last year they were stopped in the second round. Cheered up by a huge partisan crowd at the fully-packed Azam Complex at Chamazi in Dar es Salaam, the ice-cream makers dominated the first half and engineered several chances which were squandered through inept finishing. Tchetche put the hosts ahead in the 41st minute with a classic goal following a good pass from Brian Umony. Azam continued to pressurize their opponents but it was the same story of near misses until the breather. They maintained their pace on resumption and barely two minutes into the second half Umony, who was put through by Tchetche, cursed his luck when he shot wide with only goalkeeper William Manyatera to beat. Umony was subsequently benched in favour of John Bocco whose first shot was saved by the goalie. Tchetche also became a culprit when he wasted two clear scoring chances in the 62nd and 78th minutes. Ferroviario retaliated strongly and in the 79th minute they almost levelled the score. Full back Zefanias Matsinhe overlapped on the left flank and put through Reinildo Mandava who shot wide. “It was a good game…we created many scoring chances but luck was not on our side,” Azam assistant coach Kali Ongala said after the match. Ferroviario’s coach Lucas Barralijo said: “Azam are a good team but we’ll fight to the bitter end in the return-leg match to ensure we go through to the first round.” Azam leave on Wednesday for Mozambique for the returnleg match set for February 14, 15 or 16. Azam: Mwadini Ali, Erasto Nyoni, Malika Ndeule, Aggrey Morris, Said Mourad, Kipre Balou, Salum Abubakar, Himid Mao, Khamis Mcha/John Bocco, Kipre Tchetche and Brian Umony/Jabir Aziz. Ferroviarrio: William Manyatera, Zefanis Matsinhe, Emidio Matsinhe, Abrao Cura/Kiki Simao, Edson Morais, Reinildo Mandava, Valter Mandava/Hery Antony, Antonio Machava, Manuel Fernandes, Mario Sinamunda and Manuel Correia/Dje Buzana. By MOHAMED AKIDA, Tanzania Daily News

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JKT Mgambo upset Simba

JKT Mgambo stunned Simba after defeating them 1-0 in the Mainland Premier League match held at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga. Mgambo, who lost the first-leg match 6-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last year, were a different side at their home ground and surprised their more experienced opponents. The defeat means Simba have failed to maintain their third position on the league standing and were leapfrogged by Mbeya City, who beat Mtibwa Sugar at the Sokoine Memorial Stadium in Mbeya. Mbeya City lads are now third with 34 points, two behind frontrunners Azam and one below second placed Yanga. Mgambo’s lone goal was scored by Fully Maganga in the 28th minute after capitalising on the mistake of Simba custodian Ivo Mapunda. The veteran goalie failed to handle Peter Mwalyanza’s shot and the rebound met the scorer who slammed it home. Simba, who were looking for a win to consolidate their claim for the title, were unimpressive, especially in their disorganized defence but their hosts failed to utilize the loophole to extend their score line. Mgambo kicked off the game on a higher note and constantly pressurized Simba’s defence but their strikers Maganga, Bolly Sahaibu and Mwalyanzi failed to convert their efforts into the allimportant goals. The pressure served as a wakeup call for Simba, who started to hunt for an equalizer but efforts by Ally Badru, Ramadhan Singano and Amis Tambwe, who had a hattrick in the first leg match, to level the score proved futile. A minute to the breather Mwalyanzi failed to double his team’s lead after his thunderbolt was brilliantly save by Mapunda. In the second half Simba brought in Haruna Chanongo for Badru and later they replaced Haruna Shamte and Awadh Juma with Ramadhani Chombo and Uhuru Selemani respectively. The changes rejuvenated the Msimbazi Streets Reds and they created several scoring chances but were squandered by their strikers much to the disappointment of the technical bench under Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic. Mgambo JKT: Saleh Tendega, Bashir Chanache, Salim Kipaga, Bakari Mtama, Novaty Lufunga, Mohamed Samatta, Peter Mwalyanzi, Bolly Ajali, Fully Maganga Malima Busungu. Simba: Ivo Mapunda, Haruna Shamte/Ramadhani Chombo, Issa Rashid, Joseph Owino, Donald Mosoti, Jonas Mkude, Amri Kiemba, Awadh Juma/Uhuru Suleiman, Ramadhani Singano, Amisi Tambwe and Ali Badru/Haroun Chanongo. Source Tanzania Daily News

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