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Big four set to battle for 2018 Agaciro Cup

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Kigali: The big four teams from last season’s Azam Rwanda Premier League, APR FC, AS Kigali, Rayon Sports FC and Etincelles Fc are set to compete for the 2018 Agaciro Cup when the annual Tournament kicks-off on Friday at Stade Amahoro in Kigali City.

The tournament starts on Friday afternoon with two knock-out matches with APR Fc taking on Etincelles Fc at 15:30 before AS Kigali takes on defending champions Rayon Sports Fc at 18:00.
On Sunday, the winners will face-off in the final while the losers will battle for the third place play-off.

Speaking on behalf of FERWAFA President in Monday’s press conference held at FERWAFA Headquarters in Remera, Kigali City, Dr. Moussa Hakizimana said, “We are thanking Agaciro Development Fund for their continued support towards the development of Rwandan football,”
“This tournament is key and we are appealing to all Rwandans to come in big masses and support their teams. Our contribution in this tournament will be vital in the sustainability of the Agaciro Development fund,”

“We have plans of expanding the tournament and probably effective from next year, we will be having many local teams taking in the tournament,” added Hakizimana.

The Agaciro Development Fund’s Chief Investment Officer Charles Mugabe acknowledged the importance of the tournament saying, “This tournament is of much importance to Agaciro Development Fund. The awareness created during the tournament helps Rwandans to know the importance of the fund,”

The tournament which is in its third year has generated Rwf.88 millions. In 2016, the tournament generated total revenue worth 16 million with FERWAFA family contributing a further Rwf.34 million. Last year, Rwf.38 million was collected from the tournament.

Prize money worth Rwf.3.5 million has been staked to be shared among the winning teams. The winner will pocket Rwf.1m, while the runner-ups will each pocket Rwf.1m, Rwf. 0.5m respectively.

Each team will receive Rwf. 2 millions to cover their expenses except for Etincelles Fc which will receive Rwf.3m due to the long distance involved while traveling to Kigali City to honour the tournament.

The Top Scorer and Best Player will each be given a chance to travel to any of the destinations of RwandAir.

The Agaciro Development Fund football championship is staged annually as part of raising funds towards the Agaciro Development Fund, the country’s Rwanda’s sovereign wealth fund.

The Fund was set up to build up public savings to achieve self-reliance, maintain stability in times of shocks to the national economy and accelerate Rwanda’s socio-economic development goals. The Fund is unique as its “capital” comes from voluntary contributions by Rwandans at home and abroad as well as friends of Rwanda.

Rayon Sports Fc are reigning champions after winning last year’s edition following a 1-0 win over ten-man APR Fc. (End)


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