’’I can’t be their police," APR Coach slams players’ off field misconduct

By Samson Iradukunda
On 31 December 2018 at 03:30

APR Football Club head coach, Jimmy Mulisa has slammed his players who don’t put hearts on job reminding them he is not a police man to go after them and control the misconduct they undergo outside the field that affects their field performances and costs the team points.

Mulisa was a sad man after his side were held to a goalless draw to Gicumbi who sit in the relegation zone in the Azam Rwanda Premier League a match day 12 staged at Kigali Stadium on Friday.

Before the game, APR were top on league table with 25 points in nine games while Gicumbi Football Club was 15th with nine points in 11 games, one place in front of Amagaju FC who sit in the bottom.

In post match press conference, Jimmy Mulisa said his players played like those who had merely come for a travel and did not play putting their hearts on their job accusing some of the off field misconduct.

"I played football in Rwanda and abroad. I know how players should behave and how they prepare to win every game. But it is sad these players of mine want me to be their police man. We should help our players. I usually hear people say certain players don’t play because they have personal problems with the coach," a sad Mulisa said.

"Players have not yet understood football is their job and this won’t make our football attain any further level. I am not a police man to go after every player to know where he spends nights and bars in which they night out. If I were able to, I would do that job but I am a coach. I only know matters in the playground," he added.

Mulisa further said his players put no effort to win the game they drew with Gicumbi but rather played as if they had come to travel in the pitch.

Players whose performances were poor include those who are regular in APR FC starting XI and in the national football team including forward Muhadjiri Hakizimana and left winger Jean Claude Iranzi who Mulisa both replaced at half time.

APR FC, defending champions of the Azam Rwanda Premier League have not yet lost a game in ten games they played this season. The draw to Gicumbi saw the military side lose the total three game points at home for their first time having drawn one another game to Bugesera FC away in Bugesera District.

The 17-time winners of Rwanda National Football league played without four of their starting eleven including goalkeepr Herve Yves Kimenyi, defender Herve Rugwiro, right back Ombolenga Fitina and forward Issa Bigirimana who are said to have refused to feature in the game alleging to have minor injuries while in truth they wanted to rest to enjoy the festive times.

Jean Claude Iranzi (black and white) is among APR FC key players who displayed a disappointing performance against Gicumbi FC
Despite leading the table, APR FC lost home game points to Gicumbi FC who sit in relegation zone
Some APR FC players were in the stands alleging minors while it is said they wanted to enjoy festive times