The New Times (Kigali)

4 December 2012

Rwanda: Sunrise Coach Targets First Division

ABDUL Mbarushimana the head coach of second division side Sunrise Football Club is targeting promotion to the top flight division.

Sunrise kicked off their campaign in the second tier league with a 3-0 win over Rwamagana City in the first game of the season on Sunday after the later refused to play on what they described as "unfit" playing field due to a heavy downpour.

The former Nyanza, Electrogaz FC coach, joined Sunrise last month after resigning his post as Rayon Sport assistant coach.

"We're happy to win without even kicking a ball, but that is not the way we wanted to start our season. We want the three points but when we've worked for it and not because the opponent refused to honour the match.

"We want young talented Rwandan players to take the team to first division...this is my main goal. I have been assured of support by the committee," he told Times Sport.

He added, "We know it won't be easy, but I hope we will achieve our objectives with a committed team. All the players want to play in the first division and that is a sign that we're pulling in the same direction."

Sunday

Group A

Rwamagana City 0-3 Sunrise

SEC 1-1 SORWATHE

Gasabo 2-1 Kirehe

NUR 0-0 Gicumbi

Vision Nouvelle 3-2 Unity

Group B

Espérance 2-0 Vision FC

Interforce 0-1 United Stars

Intare 2-2 Pépinière

Akagera 0-4 Etoile de l'Est

ASPOR 0-2 Bugesera

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