World Cup 2018: Rwanda 1-0 down against Libya in first Leg

Rwanda World Cup 2018: Rwanda are  1-0 down against Libya going into Second Leg (World Cup 2018 qualifier, Sousse,  Tunisia,  13 Nov 2015).

[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 13 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

 

Rwanda’s Amavubi team lost 1-0 to Libya in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying tie played on Friday afternoon at Stade Olympique du Sousse, Tunisia.

 

 

Libya went 1-0 up in the first minute of the second half after a fortunate penalty call.

 

 

The Amavubi pushed hard to equalise but without success.

 

[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 13 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

 

The return leg which will be played on Tuesday (17 November) in Kigali, Rwanda.

 

Coach McKinstry's post match thoughts to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach, with a number of successes across his 20+ year career to date.    He is currently Head Coach of the Gambia National Team and Head Coach of Gor Mahia FC in Kenya (2022-24) where he won two Kenya Premier League titles (2023-24, 2022-23), and the 2023-24 Kenya Charity Shield, returning the club to the top of Kenyan football.

As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, (2019 - 2021) he led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019 and delivered a win from 2 in every 3 games, going undefeated in 8 in evey 10 games.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.

He was Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within 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. 

Across 2013-14, he was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team. 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 has also been Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).   

Coach McKinstry is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach and a member of Common Goal.

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