A Rwandan midfielder and former APR FC player, Patrick SIBOMANA has signed a contract 3 years with a Belarusian club, FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, on friday, August 4th, 2017
This left-footed football player who is able to play on both flanks of the midfield, as well as the position of the drawn striker, he spent his entire career in Rwanda, where he played for APR FC three times (13/14, 14/15, 15/16), became the Rwandan champion and twice won the Peace Cup twice (13/14, 16/17).
First founded in 1961, Shakhtyor were relative minnows when the Belarusian championship was launched in 1992 following independence, and they finished bottom of the league five years later. Indeed, it took the appointment of Ivan Shchekin to begin a change in fortunes, which continued when his successor Yuri Vergeichik led the club to the title in 2005.
Shakhtyor have not repeated that triumph since, but they have consistently rivalled local powerhouse FC BATE Borisov, finishing runners-up for the last four seasons. In Europe, meanwhile, they are about to appear in the play-off of a major UEFA competition for the first time.