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Rwanda ends pre-CHAN camp with a loss to Algeria; heads to Morocco on Thursday

Posted on Jan 11 2018

Rwanda concluded her ten-day pre-CHAN training camp in Tunisia with a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Algeria in a friendly match played on Wednesday at El Menzeh Stadium, Tunis.

The game was held as part of Rwanda’s preparations for the forthcoming African Nations Championship.

From the squad that faced Sudan last week, Amran Nshimiyimana and Herve Rugwiro earned starting roles.

Farouk Chafai scored a first half brace while goals from Abid Mohamed Lamine and Bouguelmouna El Habib secured an emphatic win for Algeria. Mubumbyi Barnabe scored a consolation for the Amavubi in the 79th minute.

Algeria scored the opener in the tenth minute through a Farouk Chafai header off a corner taken by Beoussa Mokhtar. Abeddy Biramahire had the ball in the back of the net in the 16th minute but it was ruled out for offside after good work from Mico Justin.

But six minutes later Abid Mohamed Lamine headed in a cross, beating goalie Eric Ndayishimiye. Chafai made it 3-0 in the 29th minute after skipping past the Rwandan defence to shoot past Eric Ndayishimiye in goal for the Amavubi as the Fennecs raced to a 3-0 lead at half time.

At the start of the second half coach Antoine Hey made four substitutions: Savio Nshuti for Mico Justin, Faustin Usengimana for Manzi Thierry, Ally Niyonzima for Amran Nshimiyimana and Omborenga Fitina for Eric Iradukunda.

Striker Barnabe Mubumbyi who came in replacing Abeddy Biramahire scored a consolation for the Amavubi in the 79th minute but Bouguelmouna El Habib restored Algeria’s three-goal margin with a superb strike.

Despite the goal margin, Amavubi displayed an improved second half which they dominated, creating many chances but they could not convert them.

Speaking to Ferwafa.rw after the game, head coach Antoine ‘Tony’ Hey said, “We lost unfortunately 4-1 to Algeria. The result doesn’t reflect the run of the game. We created a lot of chances that we could have scored. We made some defending mistakes that cost, we learnt our lesson, it is a warning shot and I hope the players have had it and the good thing, there are no injuries and all players are still available and fit for Monday, January 15,”

“Friendly matches don’t count anything for us at this moment in time, it’s the Monday match against Nigeria that we are focused on and this is when it counts, this is when we need to be ready and definitely we will be ready,”

He further added, “Everybody is a little bit disappointed because of the results today (Wednesday) but not because of the match and now we are looking forward to Monday, we cant wait to start our campaign,”

During the ten-day camp held in Tunisia, Rwanda played against Sudan (40 minutes) in a goalless draw, drew 1-1 with Namibia before losing 4-1 to Algeria.

In a related development, Rwanda’s Group C opponents Libya lost 1-2 to Burkina Faso in another pre-CHAN friendly match played on Wednesday in Tunis.

Rwanda leaves Tunis for Tanger, Morocco on Thursday aboard Air Morocco with expected arrival scheduled for 15:30 (16:30 local time).

Rwanda will face Nigeria in their first group game on January 15 in Tangier before taking on Equatorial Guinea on the 19th and Libya on the 23rd.

The 2018 CHAN competition will run from January 13 to February 4.
Source: Ferwafa.rw


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