Police FC continued their good run of form with a slim 1-0 win over AS Kigali on Saturday at Stade de Kigali to close the gap on league leaders SC Kiyovu.
Kiyovu missed the chance to stretch their lead at the top after being held to a 1-1 draw by mid table side Musanze FC on a day weekend when two of five teams in the race for the title managed to win.
The other team that won was Rayon Sport, who beat Espoir 3-0 in Nyamagabe, but champions APR FC were held 1-1 by lowly Etincelles in Rubavu.
Police, sitting just a point behind table leaders albeit with a game in hand, jumped from fifth to second, and head coach Goran Koponovic has et his eyes on not only ending the first round in top spot but also the title.
Striker Peter Kagabo scored the only goal to take his side to 25 points, only one point behind SC Kiyovu, who last weekend entered into a sponsorship deal with Nyarugenge District.
Jacques Tuyisenge, Innocent Habyarimana and Peter Kagabo wasted several chances to put the game beyond their opponents' reach but AS Kigali goalie Emery Mvuyekura pulled off a number of top class saves.
AS Kigali, who are one of five teams in the race to wrestle the title from APR, dominated the game but strikers Jimmy Mbaraga, who leads the league top scorers' chat with eight goals, and Bodo Nshimiyimana, couldn't find the back of the net.
After the match, Kuponovic said his team must win their game in hand against Espoir, which was cancelled last weekend following a road accident that claimed the lives of four police officers as the team was enroute to Nyamagabe.
"It would be good to get all three points from that game because a win puts us at the top of the table, above Kiyovu. We will do all we can to finish the first round with a win.
"If we can finish the round with 28 points, it will leave us in a very good situation to challenge for the title, although it is still too early to talk about it (wining the title)," Serb told Times Sport.
Rayon also moved within touching distance of Kiyovu into third position after a 3-0 win over Espoir, who dropped to tenth. Jerome Sina (2) and Kambale Salite were on target for the Blues.
Kiyovu had skipper Eric Serugaba to thank for the equalizer that cancelled former Kiyovu captain Jean Shyaka's first half goal.
La Jeunesse lost their third game of the season with a 2-1 defeat against struggling Marines, who moved clear of the relegation zone.