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2022 FIFA WCQ: Seychelles in town ahead of return leg against Rwanda

Posted on Sep 09 2019

The Pirates of Seychelles arrived in the country on Sunday afternoon ahead of the return leg of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 preliminary round qualifier due on Tuesday night at Stade de Kigali.

The team which is residing at Hill Top Hotel in Remera held their mandatory training at Stade de Kigali on Sunday night in presence of their Dutch Coach Jan Mak.

This evening, Jan Mak’s led side will hold their official training session at Stade de Kigali at 18:00.

The Pirates who lost the first leg 0-3 to Amavubi last Thursday will be aiming to cause an upset by overturning the first leg result, a tricky encounter for the visitors.

Rwanda who have an upper edge going into the return leg tie, will be seeking to comfortably seal their group stage slot with a win at home, behind their home supporters.

Last week’s victory, Amavubi ended a four-year away win jinx in a competitive game dating back to a 1-0 win over Mozambique in their opening game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers at the Estadio Nacional de Zimpeto, in Maputo, in June 2015.

Forward Muhadjiri Hakizimana broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute following a curling cross from young midfielder Kevin Muhire on the right flank.

Four minutes later, holding midfielder Yannick Mukunzi headed home a second goal to double the visitors’ lead before Meddie Kagere notched in the third goal with ten minutes to clock. It was the talisman’s 13th goal in Amavubi shirt.

Despite being outplayed, the hosts had two occasions to get at least a consolation goal but were kept off by the brilliant partnership of Emery Bayisenge and Abdul Rwatubyaye’s at the heart of the Amavubi defense.

With an aggregate victory after tomorrow’s two-legged tie, Rwanda will be assured of a place in the tricky group stage action which begins next year. For the World Cup 2022, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is using the same format as the 2014 edition.

Fifty-two teams from Africa are competing in a 12 home and away basis with the winners joining the other teams in the second round matches. Africa has five out of the 32 spots for the World Cup final in Qatar in 2022.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Tuesday

Rwanda vs Seychelles (Stade de Kigali, 18:00)
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