Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
Le Messager Ngozi won the 2020/21 Burundi Primus League title on the last day of the season after beating close competitors Flambeau du Centre 2-0 at home.
Coming into the final round of the season, Le Messager were second with Flambeau du Centre leading by two points and only victory would hand them the title.
Le Messager Ngozi is home to Ugandan duo of midfielder Brian Allan Kizza and defender Steven “Nestor” Mugisha. Both players started on the bench in the decisive encounter against Flambeau du Centre.
While Mugisha fell in the pecking order and spent the better part of the season on the fringes, Kizza stood out to be a mainstay in the club’s midfield department.
Kizza is a former SC Villa, Entebbe FC and UPDF midfielder whereas Mugisha featured for the now defunct SC Victoria University and Police FC in the Uganda Premier League.
The two players have now won back to back Burundi Primus League titles having clinched the 2019/20.
They were part of the Le Messager Ngozi team that featured in this season’s CAF Champions League but agonizingly failed to go past the preliminary round huddle after losing to Eswatini’s Young Buffaloes on away goals rule.
The title was the club’s third in four years but also their first since they lost their patron Pierre Nkurunziza who died in June last year.
Surprisingly, Le Messager won the title on aggregate having garnered the same number of points (55) as second placed Kayanza United who beat Le Elephants 8-0.
Aigle Noir finished fourth behind Flambeau du Centre whereas Joseph Othieno’s Musongati FC emerged fifth with 50 points.