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CHAN 2018 Update: Rwanda ready for Algeria build-up

Posted on Jan 10 2018

Rwanda men’s football team, Amavubi, concludes her training camp in Tunisia with a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) warm-up match against Algeria on Wednesday afternoon at El Menzeh stadium in Tunis, Tunisia.

Kick-off to Wednesday’s match is at 14:30 (15:30 Kigali time) in Tunis.

The Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey told Ferwafa.rw on Tuesday night that they expect a tough challenge against Algeria but they will be aiming to register a good performance and result.

He said, “First of all, we had a good training week, we played one and half matches, we have no injuries and this is very good because it was very tough for the players in terms of the training program and also traveling a long trip from Kigali via Doha to Tunisia as well as adapting to whether changes. It is very positive,”

“This morning (Tuesday), the players looked very sharp, aggressive, very focused and there was very high competition in the squad where everybody wants to play. We feel now we are in the final stages of our preparation program and our focus is on the Algeria team who are just coming to play against us which is a big honor also and we want to go out and show a good performance and result that gives us some confidence for next Monday,”

He further added, “We face a very good group of Algerian players on Wednesday. They have a new coach coach Rabah Madjer, one of my childhood heroes. They are more experienced than our group but we want to show a good performance against them and show them that they have made a good decision to choose to play Rwanda in their first friendly match under their new coach and not some other team which is camping in Tunisia,”

Rwanda held a training session in Sousse at El Mouradi training facility in the morning before heading to Tunis where they have spent a night at El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel in preparation for Wednesday’s action.

On the hand, the Fennec Foxes, under new coach Rabah Madjer headed to Tunis on Tuesday aboard a private jet. Coach Rabah Madjer whose back heeled goal helped FC Porto to win their first European Cup in 1987, noted with satisfaction the good form displayed by his players and is expecting the best from his troops when they face Rwanda.

The friendly match between Rwanda and Algeria will be Amavubi’s last assessment for Coach Antoine Hey before the team heads to Morocco on Thursday for the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament which begins on January 13 in 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 will be Rwanda’s third appearance (after 2011 and 2016) in Africa’s second biggest football tournament that gathers exclusively players featuring in their respective domestic leagues.

In 2016, Rwanda reached the quarter-finals before they were eliminated by DR Congo 2-1 in extra-time. DRC went on to win the tournament.

The 2018 CHAN tournament will attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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