Watching Jacques Tuyisenge’s epic highlights in APR fc for the last two seasons has convinced me he was a major transfer flop for the Army side in the last two seasons.
When the humble forward signed for APR fc, on a two year contract the club forked out a staggering Rwf48m in September 2020. For many, including the media, his arrival was a huge expectation.
All hope was placed on the striker to do what he does best- scores goals, for the fans, that move is not easy to forget.
Management prophesied, he’d be the man to carry APR into an offensive and aggressive club not just in the domestic league but during Caf Champions league.
When Tuyisenge was at Gor Mahia or Police FC, everything revolved around him. He undoubtedly proved his worth in Kenya, his work ethic was superb. In fact, Tuyisenge’s goals tended to carry the team.
Unfortunately, that did not happen; rather he became a pale shadow of himself. He failed to light up or live up to his hype just like how it happened in Angola.
In the first season, the local league was proving too difficult to adopt for the Rwf48m striker.
Just like, a broken door handle that requires a knack to open but you simply can’t be bothered to replace it, because you believe it will work perfectly in a few days, instead it locks you out causing you to kick the door besides, scuffing your favorite.
Tuyisenge was left to join any club of his choice by Atlético Petróleos de Luanda however, it was clear that the Angolan club knew what they’re doing. Little did the army side think twice before signing him. The striker was in and out of the treatment room at APR fc.
Undeniably, that is what happened! Accepting as they [APR fc] must, ‘the striker was a winner of the largest lottery payout on top of being the biggest flop.
Since the break of last season, the striker spent his leisure time reminding the club how wealthy and deserving of their respect he is.
The striker’s only goals on his name came on May 11, 2021 where he netted a brace in a 3-1 win over then relegation bound AS Muhanga.
The professional footballer failed to live up to the hype, not even his hefty price tag, at one point, a fan mentioned that he was, ‘a misplaced apostrophe on blackboard advertising’.
What failed moves of this nature always remind us is that money is not the only means to succeed in football even though it is an important component of modern football today.
Unable to find his feet, Tuyisenge crossed APR’s Red Line’ when he did the unthinkable. For many including the fans, that was his way out.
Indeed, it turned out very much the case when head coach Mohammed Adil Erradi confirmed his disappointment when he told reporters that the striker left camp without explanation.
“The player’s act is a great worry considering his role as the captain. Jacques is the captain of the team, before the Kiyovu Sports game, he came out of a camp” Adil Erradi noted
“As a captain, he should help me as a role model to the young players. He has to be there but he is not,” for me I consider it a serious mistake as a professional player of the same level,” The Moroccan told the press
For those reasons, the club sidelined him for the rest of the season. Over the weekend, he moved to AS Kigali.
What that means.
In football, there is no such coach who will not be able to tell the one player who they would always want to sign as part of whichever team they manage.
Jack joins AS Kigali linking up with his former head coach Cassa. Both the Coach and the player were together in Police FC. The striker was one of the best performers in Cassa’s Police.
He left Cassa to join Kenyan premier league club Gor Mahia on a $4,000 deal from Police FC.
In AS Kigali, Cassa knows Tuyisenge as a deadly striker, the coach has the experience to help the player gain his form, but the striker needs to prove that he deserves that shirt.