Azam Rwanda premier league champions, Rayon Sports were crowned winners of the 2017 Agaciro football championship on Saturday 16 September 2017 at Amahoro stadium, on the third match day of the annual Agaciro Development Fund sponsored championship.
The blues defeated APR FC 1-0 thanks to a well taken brilliant free kick in the 87th minute by former APR left back Eric RUTANGA which went past goalie Emery MVUYEKURE. APR FC were forced to finish the game with ten men after Muhadjiri HAKIZIMANA was sent off, following a second bookable offence with fifteen minutes to end of the game.
However, the win was not enough to grant them the blue title of winner. This had to be decided through a random draw as APR FC, Rayon Sports and AS Kigali all tied on six points but were separated by goals. Unlike the normal Article 7 championship regulations that tosses a coin to determine the winner, first and second runner-ups when teams tie on same points, Rayon Sports were declared winners and bagged the championships cash prize worth 3 million Rwandan Francs (approx. GBP £2,660) and a trophy. APR FC who finished second, pocketed 2 millions Rwandan Francs (approx. £1,770) while AS Kigali finished third to bag 1 million Rwandan Francs (approx. GBP£885).
The tournament was organised by Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) in the collaboration with AGACIRO Development Fund (Ag DF) as part of raising funds towards the Rwanda’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.