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Rwanda settle for second spot in Cecafa Challenge Cup

Posted on Dec 06 2015

Rwanda national football men’s team, Amavubi managed a second place finish at the 38th Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament which climaxed on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday.

Rwanda lost the final match to rivals Uganda following a 1-0 loss courtesy of a lone header from Caesar Okhuti header in the 15th minute.

The win saw Uganda claim their 14th Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup title. Uganda secured the win early in the first half following a defensive mix-up which gifted Okhuti to head a Dennis Okot free kick.

Rwanda searched for an equalizer but efforts from Iranzi Jean Claude, Jean baptiste Mugiraneza and Jacques Tuyisenge were all futile.

Despite the loss, reaching the final of the regional tournament coupled with good displays from Amavubi will add more confidence to the youthful team which is preparing to take part in the 2016 Africa Nations Championship final which will be held in Rwanda in January next year.

Amavubi head coach Johnathan McKinstry told Ferwafa.rw in a post-match interview on Saturday said, “We are all disappointed that we were not able to finish our great run here at Cecafa with the championship trophy, falling just short to Uganda in today’s final,”

“It was a game that was tight from start to finish, and despite having a large amount of possession, especially in the first half we were unable to convert the few chances that we were able to create. As for Uganda, they made good use of a quick free kick that we feel we should have done better with. The eventual goal scorer being left unmarked at the back post,”

“That being said our Cecafa Cup 2015 campaign should be looked upon as a good development tool for the team. During the two weeks here in Ethiopia, we have defeated the host nation Ethiopia, who went on to finish 3rd; Sudan; runners up at the last tournament and 4th this time around; and reigning champions Kenya,”

“We definitely took the difficult route to the final, so we can be somewhat satisfied with the performances that have been shown throughout the tournament,”

“Finally, I would like to thank Cecafa and DSTV for naming me ’Coach of the Tournament’. The award for me reflects the effort put in by all of the players and staff over the two weeks of the tournament, as well as the 9 months we have been working together. It is a marker of the development that we are seeing within the group as we continue on our journey to building a strong and successful Amavubi team over the coming months and years,” added McKinstry.

Rwanda will now turn focus to the 2016 Africa Nation’s Championship due in four week’s time.

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