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Rwanda upbeat ahead of Uganda Cranes clash

Posted on Aug 10 2017

Rwanda’s Senior Men’s national team, Amavubi team is in an upbeat mood heading into in a Central-East Zone Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifier first leg clash against Uganda Cranes slated for Saturday at St. Mary’s Kitende stadium in Kampala.

The 19-man Amavubi squad departed for Kampala on Thursday morning aboard RwandAir. The team has been booked at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe.

They are expected to embark on their first training session on Thursday afternoon in Entebbe.

On Friday, they will conduct the final session at the match day venue, St Mary’s Stadium – Kitende.

Speaking to media after Thursday night’s final training session at Amahoro Stadium, Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey said, “Players are looking very sharp, they are motivated, concentrated and I have an injury-free squad which is fit and ready to go,”

“We expect a very difficult and hard game, the hardest game that we will play so far and we hope for a good result, we have everything in our own hands and we are playing back home next week,”

“We need a result that gives us a chance to get into the next round and that’s tight one, it’s a 0-0 1-1, 1-0; everything that is possible that will turn things around in our favour is what we aim for in Saturday’s game,”

“In our friendly match against Sudan, we saw that we still have some work to do , nothing is granted, it will be a very tough match and on the same side Uganda played against Azam Fc 2-2 on Tuesday which is also not very convincing. We expect a tough match against Uganda but they are not unbeatable. We are confident and we are going there with high hopes,” added the German-born tactician.

Rwanda goes into Saturday’s game with a confident mood having defeated Sudan 2-1 in an international friendly match played on Monday in Kigali.

AS Kigali strikers Dominique Savio Nshuti and Bernabe Mubumbyi scored for the home team in the third and 75th minutes, while Saifedin Maki netted Sudan’s only goal in the 25th minute with a free header after Amavubi defenders failed to clear the ball.

On the other side, Uganda will be favorites heading Saturday’s final following the recent match performances that have pitted the two regional rivalries. Matches involving the two arch-rivals have been too close to call over the last years. Uganda has won 14 times, while Rwanda won ten times.

The latest was the 2015 CECAFA Challenge Cup final where Rwanda lost 0-1 to Uganda in the final held in Ethiopia.

Rwanda is hoping to make their third appearance in Africa’s second biggest international tournament, which is reserved for only players featuring in their respective domestic leagues.

The second leg will take place on Saturday, 19 August 2017 in Kigali with the winner qualifying for the final tournament scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018 in Kenya.

Amavubi squad: Ndayishimiye Eric, Nzarora Marcel, Kimenyi Yves, Nsabimana Aimable, Rucogoza Aimable, Manzi Thierry, Kayumba Soter, Bishira Latif, Niyonzima Olivier, Mukunzi Yannick, Bizimana Djihad [C], Muhire Kevin, Imanishimwe Emmanuel, Muvandimwe Jean Marie Vianney, Iradukunda Eric, Nshuti Dominique Savio, Mubumbyi Barnabe, Nshimiyimana Amran and Biramahire Abeddy.

Central Zone

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Central-East Zone
12.08.2017 Kampala Uganda vs Rwanda
13.08.2017 Hawassa Ethiopia vs Sudan

North Zone
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South Zone
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West A Zone
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West B Zone
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13.08.2017 Cotonou Benin vs Nigeria
13.08.2017 Niamey Niger vs Cote d’Ivoire
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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