A late Faustin 'Pendo' Habyarimana's strike and a gritty rearguard was all SC Kiyovu needed to return to the top of the league table yesterday. The midfielder was introduced into the game just when it looked like the sides were content for a dour draw, only for him to elude Etincelles defence and turn in left-back Fiston Shauri's cross with a powerful header three minutes to the final whistle.
The hard-fought victory at Umuhanga Stadium leaves the 'Green Baggies' with 22pts, one more than AS Kigali and La Jeunesse, while Etincelles remain rooted at the bottom of the table.
AS Kigali missed the chance to leapfrog kiyovu after losing at home to third-placed La Jeunesse, with another 87th minute goal by Yussuff Habimana, who completed a super Saturday for substitutes after also coming on late for Jean Paul Havugarugira 'Ralo'.
AS Kigali's only consolation is that they still stay ahead of their conquerors, but only on goal difference.
In other fixtures, Rayon Sport teetered with defeat before waking from slumber to beat AS Muhanga 3-1. The hosts had taken an early lead through Crispin. But a brace by Fuadi Ndayisenga dampened their spirit before Rayon skipper Apfrodis 'Kanombe' Hategekimana finished off any hopes of a comeback. Amagaju thrashed Marines 3-0.
Defending champion APR were 2-0 winners over youth side Isonga at Amahoro Stadium, with former Isonga skipper Emery Bayisenge haunting his old teammates from the spot before APR Academy product Maxime Sekamana's second goal.
The army side moved to fourth position with 20pts, while Rayon Sport stay a place below with 19pts, same as Police, who have game in-hand. Musanze and Mukura VS played a barren draw.