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Libya offers a good test prior to CHAN-Coach Hey

Posted on Dec 07 2017

Rwanda men’s senior football team, Amavubi face Libya in the third game of Group A of the on-going Cecafa Challenge Cup slated for Thursday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Kick-off of Thursday’s must-win encounter for Rwanda has been delayed to 15:15 local time.

Rwanda who have two losses against Kenya and Zanzibar in this tournament will be hoping for a win against the Mediteranean Knights to re-ignite their hopes of qualifying to the last four should they secure the remaining six points from two matches and hope that its group rivals drop maximum points.

However, to do so, Amavubi will need to break down Libya which has two points from their two goalless matches played against Tanzania and hosts Kenya.

The Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey told Ferwafa.rw on Wednesday after the team’s training session held at Machakos stadium that, “We are looking forward to this match. Hopefully the rested players will perform well. It’s a good test prior to CHAN as we are meeting Libya against in January, 2018.”

“I do understand the disappointment of our current results but we are sure that only international experience can form tomorrow’s players. And young players have the right to make mistakes to learn,” added Hey.

Coach Hey is set to return back most of his first choice players who played in the opening game against Kenya as he seeks to try out different formations, players and tactics in build-up to next year’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) finals which will be held in Morocco.

Libya and Rwanda will also face each other in the group stage at the 2018 CHAN finals which run from January 13 to February 4, 2018.

Both Rwanda and Libya have previously met six times with Amavubi winning once, drawing twice and losing thrice.

Rwanda lies bottom of Group A with no point, four points behind table leaders and hosts Kenya who are followed by Zanzibar with three points, Libya has two points while Tanzania has a one point in a five-team group.

This encounter will be played after the opening group game between Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar which will be underway from 13:00 Kigali time.

In Kakamega, Ethiopia and Burundi will be locking horns to decide who proceeds to the last four in a Group B match. Ethiopia tops the group with three points secured in their 3-0 drubbing of South Sudan while Burundi has a point claimed in their goalless draw against Uganda on Monday.

Probable Line-ups
Rwanda: Ndayishimiye Eric, Faustin Usengimana, Manzi Thierry, Kayumba Soter, Iradukunda Eric, Yannick Mukunzi, Bizimana Djihad, Rutanga Eric, Manishimwe Djabel, Mico Justin and Biramahire Abeddy

Libya: Azzaqah Ahmed, Eltribi Ahmed, Ajbarah Saed, Aljamal Tariq, Sabbou Motasem, Shafshuf Suhib, Albadri Faisal, Madeen Muhanad, Tubal Mohamed, Mohamed Amer, Almaryami Khalid.

Photo Credit: Manishimwe Djabel seen against Kenya Rwanda’s opening game against Kenya might earn a starting role against Libya on Thursday/Umuseke.rw
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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