Tour of Rwanda Star Trained With Best Riders in Europe

Valens Ndayisenga emerged victorious in the Tour of Rwanda during the weekend

Two first half goals ensured defending champions KCCA FC beat Kira Young as the home side bid farewell to their tactician George ‘ Best ‘Nsimbe on his route to Tanzania’s Azam FC.

Brian Umony netted a brace to give the home side all the 3 points as Nsimbe’s boys dominated the first half in a match played at the soggy Philip Omondi stadium Lugogo on Tuesday evening.

Umony, sickness William Wadri and Moses Birungi had tried their luck in front of Kira Young’s goal only to be let down by the visitors’ goalkeeper.

KCCA FC however staggered in the second half which gave chance to the visitors to dominate the game and eventually pulled a goal back through a Brian Nkuubi’s free kick.

Nsimbe bids farewell to fans

It was another moment of honor as KCCA FC officials led by former coach Bidandi Ssali applauded George Nsimbe for the job well done for the Lugogo-based team as they mounted a guard of honour before handing him a replica jersey as a form of appreciation.

A guard of honor mounted for Nsimbe

A guard of honor mounted for Nsimbe

“It has not been an easy journey for me but I thank management, players and supporters for the love they have shown me. I never had a professional career as a player but am happy to do it as a coach and I owe this to KCCA FC,” Nsimbe noted.

He however warned management at KCCA FC against bringing in another tactician but stick to his assistant Abdallah  Mubiru whom he said can move the team to another level in his absence.

George ‘Best’ Nsimbe was appointed Assistant coach for Tanzanian Premier League giants Azam FC before penned down a 2- year contract with the team.

Meanwhile, in other games elsewhere in the Uganda Premier League, Karim  Ndugwa’s  hat trick  and Erisa  Sekisambu’s strike sent record league champions SC Villa flying high past Entebbe FC  at Nakivubo stadium.

Nsimbe receives a plaque from Bidandi Ssali

Nsimbe receives a plaque from Bidandi Ssali

At Kakindi stadium in Jinja, home side BUL FC tipped newly promoted Rwenshama FC one nil thanks to a Joshua  Masene  free kick whereas Lweza FC were held to a one all draw by Fred Kajoba’s  Bright  Stars FC  in another battle for supremacy in the Ugandan top flight league on Tuesday evening.

Uganda Premier League results

KCCA FC2-1 Kira Young

Entebbe FC 0-4 SC Villa

Bright Stars FC 1-1 Lweza FC

BUL FC 1-0 Rwenshama

Vipers FC 2-1 Police FC
Rwanda’s most famous race, seek the Tour of Rwanda, concluded with a win by 20 year old Valens Ndayisenga over the weekend.

This is the first time a Rwandan has won the race since it was inducted into the International Cycling Union (UCI) calendar in 2009.

This year’s race included seven stages and one prologue, and covered a total distance of 911.6 kilometres.

Speaking to Rwandan riders and cycling federation staff, Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza, congratulated them for being an example to other federations and pledged more support from government.

“Other sports associations should learn from the Cycling Federation because Rwandan cyclists have been improving year by year. We are grateful to the cyclists and the winner for their remarkable teamwork,” Minister Habineza said.

Valens Ndayisenga, winner of this year’s race, credited his win to the training and experience he has gained in Rwanda and abroad.

“I have gained lots of experience from training alongside good riders in Switzerland and France. Our coaches also gave us useful tips on how to work as a team in such elite races and we applied that resulting in our triumph,” a beaming Ndayisenga said.

Ndayisenga was also praised and congratulated by President Paul Kagame for the historic win.

Rwandan riders were grouped into three teams: Akagera, Karisimbi and Muhabura. They covered 911.6 km in seven stages. Other countries represented were Morocco, France, South Africa, Burundi, Eritrea , Ethiopia, Cameroon, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Mali.

Aimable Bayingana, President of Rwandan Federation of Cycling, said that the Tour of Rwanda gives the country the chance to shine on the international stage.

“The Tour of Rwanda has made, and it is still making important progress. We are doing our best to entertain people living in different parts of Rwanda by bringing the race to them. We are also sharing the beauty of Rwanda through cycling,” he said.


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