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CHAN 2018 Preps: Rwanda, Namibia play to 1-all draw

Posted on Jan 07 2018

Ten-man Rwanda team were forced to 1-all draw by hosts Namibia in a friendly training match held on Sunday afternoon in Jemmal Stadium, Tunisia.

The game was staged as part of preparations of the upcoming Total 2018 African Nations Championship which begin on Janaury 13 in Casablanca, Morocco.

Rwanda secured the lead in the 45th minute courtesy of a strike from Savio Nshuti Dominique after connecting a set-piece from striker Nshuti Innocent.

Rwanda wasted a clear chances in the 25th minute when Omborenga Fitina’s shot got saved by Namibia goalie Loyot Kazapua.

Six minutes later, Hakizimana Muhadjiri had his freekick taken from the edge of the goal area punched off the cross bar by the skillful Namibian goalie Kazapua.

Namibia’s better chances were in the 7th and 40th minute with striker Absalom Imbondi forcing Rwandan goalie Marcel Nzarora to make superb saves.

Striker Mubumbyi Barnabe struck a header in the 43rd minute which was put off bay by goalie Kazapua and a minute later Namibia’s Hendrick Somaeb unleashed a strong shot from the edge of the boss but his attempt went above the cross bar.

In the second half, Coach Antoine Hey made his first substitution by replacing injured Nshuti Innocent with midfielder Yannick Mukunzi.

Namibia equalized through a defensive lapse in the 57th minute as substitute striker Itamunua Keimune scored unbothered inside the goal area, strking a sharp ball past goalie Nzarora.

The Amavubi technical staff then beefed up the striking force by bringing striker Mico Justin for Barnabe Mubumbyi upfront.

However, five minutes later, Rwanda were reduced to ten men as skipper Amran Nshimiyimana was sent off following a second bookable offence outside the goal area.

To strengthen the backline, Manzi Thierry replaced Hakizimana Muhadjiri, forcing Ally Niyonzima who had started in the back-three taking the defensive midfield role in the 79th minute to beef up the midfield.

A minute later, striker Mico Justin got a best chance to snatch the winner after beating two Namibian defenders but his shot went inches above the cross bar.

With ten minutes left to play, a composed Amavubi team held onto their nerves, denying any breakthrough from Namibian strikers till the end of the game.

After the game, Amavubi coach Antoine Hey said, “Drawing 1-1 is a positive result. Some of our players had not played so many matches before, so it was a good game for them. I am very satisfied with the result and the match in general,”

“I am very happy with the performance of Herve Rugwiro and Amran Nshimiyimana today and all in all it was good. Things are working according to our plan and let’s look forward,”

“Now we have two more training sessions on Monday and Tuesday before we play Algeria on Wednesday,” added Coach Antoine.

Rwanda will conclude her training camp on Wednesday with a friendly match against Algeria in Tunis before heading to Morocco.

Rwanda will face Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in Group C whose venue is in Tanger, Morocco.

Rwanda qualified for CHAN 2018 after beating Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate score over two legs. This is Rwanda’s third appearance in CHAN finals after 2011 and 2016.

Africa’s second biggest football tournament gathers exclusively players featuring in their respective domestic leagues. It is held once in two years since its inception in 2009 in Ivory Coast.

The Africa Nations Championship will attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.

Line-ups:

Rwanda: Marcel Nzarora (18), Ali Mbogo (9), Herve Rugwiro (16), Fitina Omborenga (13), Celestin Ndayishimiye (3), Ally Niyonzima (8), Amran Nshimiyimana (5), Muhadjiri Hakizimana (10), Nshuti Savio Dominique (11), Barnabe Mubumbyi (21), & Innocent Nshuti (19)

Namibia: Loyot Kazapua (1), Charles Hamibira (3), Mashaba Karonge (5), Edmund Kambanda (20), Riaan Hanamub (4), Dynamo Fredricks (8), Ronald Ketijere (12), Petrus Shitembi (19), Absalom Imbondi (11), Hendrick Somaeb (10) and Junias Theophilus (7)

Match Officials: Kosii Heithem (Centre Referee, Tunisia), Chaabane Hassen (1st Assistant Referee, Tunisia), Saad Marouane (2nd Assistant Referee, Tunisia) and Nani Abdessalam (4th Official, Tunisia)
Source: Ferwafa.rw


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