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Rwanda ready to beat Ethiopia to seal CHAN 2018 berth

Posted on Nov 12 2017

Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey has called on Rwandans to get behind their side when they play Ethiopia in a must-win Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) play-off return leg due on Sunday afternoon at Stade de Kigali.

Kick-off for today’s game is scheduled for 15:30 and fans are paying Rwf. 2000 to access the uncovered stand, Rwf. 3000 for covered stands and Rwf. 15,000 for VIP section.

Rwanda goes into today’s crucial game with a 3-2 goal cushion after the first leg which was played a week ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Head coach Hey stated that today’s return leg against Ethiopia is a must win final for his side as he seeks to guide the nation to 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) finals due in Morocco.

He said on Saturday, “We are playing Ethiopia in a final match on Sunday. We want to win this match, we are not thinking about the first leg or the result or anything else,”

“We are playing at home and we know we are strong at home with our people behind us and it will be difficult for any team to come here and beat us in our own backyard. We have seen this against Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.”

“With midfielder Djihad Bizimana suspended for the return leg, we hope to pick a potential replacement among the options that we have in Ally Niyonzima and Olivier Niyonzima. We will keep the same system, same style and our aim is to win this game,” added Hey.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia arrived in Kigali on Friday evening with a 27-man delegation, led by head coach Ashenafi Bekele, and is being accommodated at Ubumwe Hotel located in the heart of Kigali City.

The Walia Ibex is training on Saturday afternoon at Stade de Kigali ahead of Sunday’s game where they will be gunning for a win over Rwanda to proceed to next year’s CHAN final.

Bekele said on Saturday after his team’s training session, “We lost the first leg due to three stupid mistakes. It’s not yet over yet for Ethiopia, we believe we can redeem ourselves and secure the CHAN spot. It will be a toll order getting a positive result against Rwanda who will be playing behind their fans but we will concentrate on playing our football and use our chances correctly and see what comes later at the end of the game.

Rwanda needs a goalless draw on Sunday to be able to qualify to next year’s finals tournament, which will be their third, following 2011 in Sudan and last year in Kigali.

The match will be handled by Somaliland referees, Mohamed Hagi, Hamza Hagi Abdi, Salah Omar Abukar and Bashir Olad Arab, while Burundian Aimable Habimana will be the match commissioner.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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