Rwanda Premier League

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Rwanda Premier League
Organising bodyRwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA)
Founded1975; 48 years ago (1975)
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toRwanda Second Division
Domestic cup(s)Rwandan Cup
Rwandan Super Cup
International cup(s)CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current championsAPR (21st title)
Most championshipsAPR (21 titles)
TV partnersRTV Magic Sports TV StarTimes
Current: 2023–24 Rwanda Premier League

The Rwanda Premier League is the highest division of football in Rwanda. The league was formed in 1975. It was known as the Primus National Football League in 2004 and from 2009–10 to 2012–13,[1] after which sponsorship was taken over by Turbo King.[2] The league was renamed the Azam Rwanda Premier League for the 2015–16 season after Tanzanian television broadcasters Azam TV were announced as sponsors in a deal worth US$ 2.35 million covering five years.[3] From 2019/the 2020 season Azam TV announced the termination of its contract with Rwanda FA.

Clubs for the 2021–22 season[edit]

Étoile de l'Est and Gicumbi FC were promoted from the Second Division, while AS Muhanga and Sunrise FC were relegated from the Premier League

Team Location
APR Kigali
AS Kigali Kigali
Bugesera Nyamata
Espoir Cyangugu
Etincelles Gisenyi
Étoile de l'Est Kigali
Gasogi United Kigali
Gicumbi Byumba
Gorilla Kigali
Kiyovu Sports Kigali
Marines Gisenyi
Mukura Victory Butare
Musanze Ruhengeri
Police Kigali
Rayon Sports Nyanza
Rutsiro Kigali

Previous champions[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club City Titles Last title
APR Kigali 21 2023
Rayon Sports Nyanza 9 2019
Panthères Noires Kigali 5 1987
Kiyovu Sports Kigali 6 1993
Mukungwa Ruhengeri 2 1989
ATRACO Kigali 1 2008

Top goalscorers[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2001 Luleuti Kyayuna APR 9
2002 n/a n/a n/a
2003 Milly APR 12
2004 Rwanda Abed Mulenda Rayon Sports 14
Rwanda Olivier Karekezi APR
2005 Rwanda Jimmy Gatete APR 13
2006 Rwanda André Lomami APR 13
2006–07 Democratic Republic of the Congo Labama Bokota Rayon Sports 14
2007–08 n/a n/a n/a
2008–09 Rwanda Jean Lomami ATRACO 12
2010-11 Rwanda Meddie Kagere Police 16
2011–12 Rwanda Olivier Karekezi APR 14
2014-15 Rwanda Isaie Songa APR 14
2016-17 Rwanda Dany Usengimana Police 19
2019–20 Rwanda Samson Babua Sunrise 15
2022–23 Burundi Hussein Shabani Kigali 14


  1. ^ "The New Times | Rwanda".
  2. ^ "Turbo King to take over league sponsorship". 13 September 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Azam TV to broadcast Rwanda's top tier league". Kawowo Sports. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Rwanda - APR FC crowned league champions |".
  5. ^ "Rwanda - APR FC crowned league champions |".

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