Rwanda defeat Tanzania 2-0 in commanding display.

Rwanda have defeated Tanzania in Kigali (#kwibuka21 Commemoration Cup) with goals from Patrick Sibomana and Yannick Mukunzi (7 June 2015).

The Amavubi have recorded their second impressive performance over the weekend with a 2-0 win against Tanzania at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.


First Half

The first half saw the Amavubi come very close to scoring on more that one occasion with shots from Bertrand IRADUKUNDA and another from Patrick SIBOMANA cleared off the line by Tanzania. A couple of strong set pieces from Rwanda also put Tanzania in danger.

In contrast, Tanzania troubled Rwanda very little with only two relatively loose shots from distance, providing no test at all for Amavubi goalkeeper Eric NDAYISHIMIYE.

Just before half time, Rwanda were awarded a penalty following a Tanzanian hand ball in the penalty box. Patrick SIBOMANA stepped up and converted the penalty to put Rwanda 1-0.

At half time, a 1-0 scoreline could easily have been 2 or 3 to Rwanda had Tanzania not managed to clear early shots from their goal line.


Second Half

The first 15-20 minutes of the second half began with a more reserved Amavubi, applying less pressure than had been the case in the first half and allowing Tanzania more space in which to operate.

While Rwanda created chances, the were inter-weaved with some opportunities for Tanzania. Although most Tanzania efforts did little to trouble the Amavubi defence, with 4 or 5 high and wide efforts, one came close when it made it to the Rwandan woodwork.

The last 15 minutes saw Rwanda refocus to create a number of good opportunities. Isaie SONGA broke through the Tanzanian defence but unfortunately fumbled the ball and wasted an opportunity to strike. Excitement grew for the Amavubi fans as they witnessed some strong interplay from Eric RUTANGA and Dominique Savio NSHUTI who linked up well and provided a great opportunity for Rwanda to score a second through a lovely moment of intricate play.  Their efforts resulted in a cross into the box which was chested down by Isaie SONGA allowing substitute Jacques TUYISENGE to hit a volley. The ball however unfortunately struck into the ground, going just wide of the Tanzania goal.

Not long after, Djihad BIZIMANA picked the ball up just inside the Tanzanian half and went on a blistering run that bettered a number of opposition players and allowed him to fire a strike that went narrowly wide of the top right hand corner. 

With continued pressure being applied, the Amavubi's second goal came in last 10 minutes of the game - a set piece allowing Yannick MUKUNZI to score a very nice header at the near post.

The game finished 2-0 to the Amavubi.


Looking Ahead

The Games this weekend represent Coach McKinstry's first real opportunity since his arrival to work with the full international Amavubi squad.  The #Kwibuka21 Commemoration Cup providing a valuable opportunity to assess players and to prepare for the AFCON2017 qualifiers next weekend.

The Amavubi have a number of full international, home based, and u-23 games in the coming year - including hosting CHAN in Jan 2016.  These games will not only allow an opportunity to improve Rwandan football and coaching, but also to improve on the FIFA World Ranking of 94 announced earlier this week, which effectively represents a starting point for Coach McKinstry's time with the Amavubi.


Views from Coach McKinstry

"It was good to get a second clean sheet in two days. In over 180 mins of football there were maybe only 6 or 7 shots against us, and only two that had any real potential to trouble us. I think that shows that our team shape is there. There is still work to be done, but overall the team shape is quite good."

"We are creating strong chances. Today we had at least 7 or 8 chances that could easily have been goals. We will work on converting more of those, but you start by creating the chances, and we are creating them. Other teams don't get to create the chances, so we are moving in the right direction."

"Over the weekend as a whole, we produced a 0-0 and a 2-0 against 2 very competent teams. It provided a good workout for the boys, especially as neither of our teams was a first 11 - they were balanced across both games. So competition for places in the squad is strong, and it will be difficult to make the decision regarding the 18 that we will travel to Mozambique with later this week."



Rwanda 'Amavubi' Squad 

Starting Eleven

Faustin USENGIMANA Rayon Sports * 
Dominique Savio NSHUTI Isonga * 
Yannick MUKUNZI APR * 
Djihad BIZIMANA Rayon Sports * 
Jean-Marie SAFARI Gicumbi


Marcel NZARORA Police
Jacques TUYISENGE Police
Isaie SONGA AS Kigali * 
Dominique Antoine NDAYISHIMIYE Gicumbi *

Players marked with * are eligible for U-23.

Kwibuka21 Commemoration Cup.

The Commemoration cup, involving Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan is being held in Kigali, Rwanda on the weekend on 6 & 7 June 2015.  

The tournament is being used by many as a primer for forthcoming AFCON 2017 qualifiers next weekend.

Kwibuka means 'remember' in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda's language. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.  Kwibuka21 is a series of events taking place in Rwanda and around the world.   For more information visit


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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games and went undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.  In his first 3 months in charge, he had led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019; had put Uganda top of their AFCON qualification group; and secured 9 wins and 1 draw from his first 10 games.  In winning CECAFA 2019, Uganda did so by winning all six of their matches, only the second time in Uganda's history that they had done so by winning every game they played in the tournament.  In AFCON qualifiers, under his management Uganda were the only team of all 48 nations competing to have conceded zero goals from open play.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts. 

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team (2013-14). Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014).  He was Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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  • McKinstry has become one of the most rounded and well-travelled British coaches at the highest level abroad.

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  • The figures do not lie. The six matches on McKinstry’s watch have been World Cup or Cup of Nations qualifiers. They have lost one.

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