In a week’s time, Police Handball Club will be on a make or break point as they take on their closest challenger – APR – in the final match of this year’s National Handball League to be played on October 9.
On October 1, the defending champions beat College Inyemeramihigo of Rubavu 47-31 on day 15 of the league, with Gilbert Mutuyimana netting 12 individual high score.
With University of Rwanda – College of Education and College of Arts and Social Sciences bowing of the competition, this leaves the law enforcers with APR standing their way in the final season match.
Well, judging by history and performance in the last three seasons alone, one would bet on Police against the military side.
The 2014 and 2015 champions and the reigning Eastern and Central African champions, beat APR home and away in the last two seasons and have already set the record straight this season with a 23-21 win in the first leg.
This, however, doesn’t guarantee a win in this decisive match and the standing-in coach who believes in “wins only.”
“History doesn’t give trophies; we believe in only wins and we will go in our last match well knowing that a loss will break us,” Sergeant Alphonse Rudahemuka said.
“We have had a fantastic display this season and a win will be a repeat of last season when we sealed it unbeaten. That’s what we aiming at, even this time.”
Africa Champions League draws out
Meanwhile, Police, which will represent Rwanda in the 38th edition of Africa Handball League, has been drawn in group A alongside Esperance Sportive (Tunisia), Al Ahly (Egypt),Minuh (Cameroon) and Calman (Congo).
The continental championship will take place between October 21-30 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and will attract a total of 10 clubs from Egypt, Tunisia, Rwanda, Cameroon, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Morocco and hosts Burkina Faso
Others drawn in Group B are Zamalek (Egypt), Widad Smara (Morocco), FAP (Cameroon), JSK (DR Congo) and AS Douane (Burkina Faso).
Police, who will be making their third appearance after their debut in 2012 and competing in 2015.