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CECAFA U-15 Champs: Rwanda to face Kenya in Semis

Aug 25, 2019 Comments 30, 088 views

Rwanda’s Junior Wasps lost to Uganda 3-0 in the final Group B match played on Sunday at Asmara stadium in Eritrea. A brace from Kyeyune Abasi and Ouke Patrick earned the Ugandan side maximum (...)

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CAF CC: AS Kigali overcome KMC to reach first round

Aug 23, 2019 Comments 30, 088 views

Rwanda’s representatives AS Kigali registered a 2-1 victory against Tanzania’s KMC away from home to book their place in the first round of the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup on Friday in the (...)

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Rwanda storms CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup Semis

Aug 23, 2019 Comments 30, 088 views

The Rwanda Under-15 Boys Challenge Cup booked a place in the semi finals of the 2019 CECAFA U-15 Chalelnge Cup after registering a 2-1 win over Tanzania on Friday at Asmara National Stadium in (...)

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Mashami picks positives from Ivory Coast defeat

Posted on Mar 25 2019

Vincent Mashami has said there were many lessons for Amavubi to learn from their AFCON 2019 qualifiers’ final match against Côte d’Ivoire over the weekend, which they lost 3-0 at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan.

The 2015 African champions ended their qualification campaign with an emphatic win over strugglers Amavubi, who ended their disappointing journey with only two from a possible 18 points in Group H, having drawn two and lost four games.

Nicolas Pepe put the hosts ahead in the 7th minute to hand Ibrahim Kamara’s side a 1-0 first half lead. Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly doubled the lead in the 67th minute before Maxwel Cornet completed the rout for Amavubi with 18 minutes to clock.

“Despite the loss, we have picked a few lessons from the mistakes we made. We now have to think about the future, and the essence is to learn and pickup match fitness for competitions ahead,” said Mashami in a post-match interview.

Rwanda had only one shot on target in the whole game.

“Unfortunately we lost, but we were playing against a big and more experienced team. What I wanted is to make sure that my players are confident when they meet big teams of such caliber,” he noted.

Mashami and his delegation arrive back in the country Monday afternoon.

Cecafa region makes history
Meanwhile, the CECAFA region, where Rwanda is also situated, has qualified a record three nations to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals tournament due in Egypt.

The three countries include Burundi who booked their ticket as Group C first runners-up with 11 points after holding Gabon to a 1-all draw in their final qualifier in Bujumbura on Saturday. The other two regional countries who qualified are Uganda and Kenya.

Tanzania was expected to become the fourth CECAFA country to qualify on Sunday.

By press time Sunday, Tanzania were due to host Uganda in Group L and victory for the Kilimanjaro Stars would make them the fourth Cecafa nation to book their slot at the 2019 revamped 24-team AFCON finals tournament.

This is the first time Burundi have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

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