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2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Kagere strikes as Rwanda lose to Cote d’Ivoire

Posted on Sep 10 2018

Amavubi forward Meddie Kagere scored on his return to Rwanda National Team fold but his effort could not help Amavubi snatch crucial points against a strong Cote d’Ivoire team.

The Elephants secured their first and vital away 2-1 win on the second day of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group H match at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali on Sunday afternoon.

Cote d’Ivoire secured the victory courtesy of Aston Villa forward Jonathan Adjo Kodjia after being gifted with a free ball from Olivier Kwizera’s poor goalkeeping tactics.

After recess, Ivory Coast continued their dominance and managed to double their lead through Max Gradel. The Toulouse attacking midfielder beat right back Fitina Ombolenga to strike past goalie Kwizera with a good finish, making it 2-0 in the 48th minute.

The Wasps were desperate for a win having lost 2-1 to the Central African Republic away in their first game in the qualifying campaign in June 2017.

Rwanda’s midfielder Djihad Bizimana hit the cross bar three times with Rwatubyaye Abdul’s header going inches off Cote d’Ivoire’s cross bar.

However, the Wasps pushed for their first goal and they managed to pull one back through Meddie Kagere.

The Ugandan-born striker beat Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo four minutes after the hour-mark to make it 2-1 for Rwanda.

The Wasps then pushed for a late equalizing goal with Kagere working tirelessly upfront for the home side.

However, Ivory Coast held on to their slender lead and ultimately, they ran out 2-1 winners over Rwanda.

Meanwhile, Guinea tops Group H of their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign following a slender 1-0 win over Central Africa Republic at the Stade 28 Septembre on Sunday night.

The result, combined with Cote d’Ivoire’s 2-1 win over Rwanda in Group H’s other match also on Sunday, sees Guinea top of the standings with six points from two games.

CAR and Cote d’Ivoire are joint second in Group H with three points while Rwanda are last with zero points.

On the first day of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’ Qualifying matches, Rwanda lost to Central Africa Republic 3-2 away in Banjul while Cote d’Ivoire also lost 3-2 to Guinea at home in their maiden game in Group H over a year ago.

Rwanda will again be in action on October 10, 2018 when they play away to Guinea before hosting the West African side in Kigali three days later.

AFCON2019 Qualifiers results

Rwanda 1-2 Côte d’Ivoire
Guinea 1-0 CAR
Madagascar 2-2 Senegal
South Sudan 0-3 Mali
Togo 0-0 Benin
Ethiopia 1-0 Sierra Leone
Congo 1-1 Zimbabwe
Angola 1-0 Botswana
Swaziland 0-2 Tunisia
Lesotho 1-1 Cape Verde

Photo: Amavubi’s goal scorer Meddie Kagere tries to go past Ivory Coast and Manchester United’s Eric Bailly and his fellow defender Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur teammate (left) at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo yesterday. Sam Ngendahimana.
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