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Hey happy with Amavubi’s remarkable CHAN qualification

Posted on Nov 13 2017

Amavubi team head coach Antoine Hey has expressed delight after Rwanda sealed a place at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final over the weekend.

The Amavubi qualified 3-2 on aggregate having won the first leg by that score in Addis Ababa last weekend.

Speaking after Sunday’s game, Coach Hey said, “We were a little bit nervous in the first half, we had a lot to lose while Ethiopia had nothing to lose because they already lost the first match. I told players at half time that our biggest problem was not Ethiopia but ourselves because we played without confidence, we were nervous, shaking and this was something that we need to do better in the second half and we did it.

“We managed to control the situation in the second half. We gained more control of the game when we brought in Muhadjiri Hakizimana, we kept the ball and played well and with every minute played, we were close to our dream of qualification.”

“All in all, it was a deserved win. Now we are very happy for this remarkable achievement. Eight months back, we started from zero, had no team, nothing at all and now we have qualified for CHAN and it’s something that we can really be proud of,” added joyful Coach.

With the qualification sealed, Rwanda will be eager to stage a successful performance in Rabat which will host the 16-nation finals from January 12-February 4, 2017 scheduled for Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier.

Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia complete the line-up.

Libya are the only former champions participating as the Democratic Republic of Congo failed to qualify and Tunisia did not enter because of domestic football restructuring.

The draw ceremony for the 5th edition of the Championship will take place on Friday, November 17 in Rabat, Morocco.

Photo: Rwanda Football team players lift up head coach Antoine Hey after 0-0 draw at Kigali stadium on Sunday/NewTimes.
Source: Ferwafa.rw


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