Youngster striker Bernabe Mubumbyi and winger Jean Claude Iranzi helped the defending champion APR come from behind to beat Marines FC 2-1 in the opening match of the 2012/12 National football league season played at Stade de Kigali.
Marines came out playing aggressive football in the first half and it took them just 14 minutes to take the lead through Said Kuradusenge.
The big striker headed home a well taken free kick by former Rayon Sport veteran defender Bonaventure Hategekimana 'Gangi'.
However, APR academy product Mubumbyi scored the equalizer with strong header on 34 minute off Jean Claude Iranzi's well executed corner.
And six minute later, it was a vice versa as Mubumbyi turned provider for Iranzi, who netted the winner after some good passing football the champions. Mubumyi missed three good opportunities of extend his tally in the second period.
It was a winning start for new coach Eric Nshimiyimana field only three senior players, goalie Jean Claude Ndoli, skipper central defender Ismail Nshutinamagara 'Kodo' in starting eleven.
On the other hand, it wasn't a good opening day for the Rayon Sport, who lost at their new home in Nyanza to Amagaju 1-2. Police FC, that finished second to APR last season, were held to a goalless draw by La Jeunesse at Kicukiro turf.
APR 2-1 Marines
Etincelles 0-0 AS Muhanga
Police 0-0 La Jeunesse
Rayon Sport 1-2 Amagaju
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Mukura vs AS Kigali