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Rwanda edge Sudan in a Fifa friendly encounter

Posted on Aug 07 2017

Rwanda men’s national football defeated Sudan 2-1 in a FIFA international match played on Monday at Stade de Kigali in Nyamirambo.

The game was staged as part of both nations preparation for their respective 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) third-round qualifiers.

Striker Savio Nshuti Dominique put Amavubi ahead in the 3rd minute as he met Imanishimwe Emmanuel’s cross to score past Sudanese goalie Salim Akram.

Sudan then recovered to dominate the midfield and it didn’t take them long to find the net as their good display upfront earned an equalizer courtesy of Maki Saifeldin‘s header in the 24th minute. Both sides went into recess tied on a 1-all draw.

After the second, both coach Antoine Hey and Burhan Eldin Tia boosted their sides with substitutes as they assessed other players whom they might use in their third round qualifiers of CHAN 2018.

Antoine Hey beefed up his striking force as Barnabe Mubumbyi replaced Nshuti Innocent while Biramahire Abeddy replaced Nshuti Savio Dominique.

Striker Mubumbyi scored the winning goal in the 75th minute with a powerful header from Bizimana’s Djihad’s free kick-off to beat substitute Sudanese goalkeeper Toto Awdelkarim.

Amavubi coach Antoine Hey said after the game, “It was a good test for both teams. We played a mixed first half, nervous and we were a little beat unsettled. We had young players in the starting line-up and it was a good game for them because they have the talent but need to learn through such game,”

“We were so aggressive in the second half, we played confidently, wasted some couple of chances but all in all it was a good test, good result and it gave the players a lot of confidence. We have a couple of more training sessions before we head to Uganda on Thursday. We hope for a good result on Saturday,” added Coach Hey.

Sudanese coach Burhan Eldin Tia said, “This a good challenge for us before we face Ethiopia over the weekend. Rwanda has a good and young team.We had a quite good game in the first half but played poorly in the second half,”

“The game has a given a clear picture of the kind of players to use for Saturday and we hope the experience picked here will be beneficial in our third round qualifier against Ethiopia,” added Eldin.

The Amavubi team will hold their training session on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon before heading to Uganda on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s first leg qualifier against Uganda Cranes due to be played at St. Mary’s Kitende grounds.

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 third round winners will represent the Eastern and Central African Zone at next year’s finals tournament in Kenya – along alongside with the host country.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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