AFCON 2017: Rwanda face 1-0 away loss to Mauritius. (26 Mar 2016).
Rwanda suffered a setback in their campaign to qualify for 2017 Africa Nations’ Cup finals following a slim 1-0 loss to Mauritius on Saturday at the Anjalay Stadium in Belle Vue.
Rwanda dominated ball possession in the away fixture (played at Anjalay Stadium in Belle Vue, Mauritius) and in the first half had good chances with Captain Haruna Niyonzima and Jean Claude Iranzi coming close in the penalty box.
However, in the second half, Mauritian defender Francis Rasolofonirina converted a corner putting the hosts 1-0 ahead at the 58th minute.
Mauritius played deep into their half to defend their lead.
The Amavubi applied repeated pressure in the final 30 minutes, coming closest with a shot from Quentin RUSHENGUZIMINEGA which the Mauritian keeper had to scramble frantically to prevent it spilling over the goal line. The game finished 1-0.
The Amavubi team arrived back in Kigali on Sunday morning and will continue their preparations for their home match against Mauritius, scheduled for Tuesday 29 March in Kigali.
Source: Adapted from Ferwafa.rw (Bonnie Mugabe)
Post-match interview with Coach McKinstry.
Speaking after the game Coach McKinstry said:
“Everyone is very disappointed with today’s (Saturday) result. We have to be honest and say the performance simply wasn’t good enough,”
“Mauritius did not surprise us with their approach to the game. They played exactly the way we expected and we knew that the key to causing them problems was to play at high intensity. Unfortunately, it took Mauritius to score for our players to move out of third gear, and into fifth. I have made clear to Players that this is not good enough, and they are under no illusions about what is required going forward,”
“We do however have an opportunity to recover from this disappointment, when we face Mauritius again on Tuesday in Kigali. The players know that better is expected of them not only by the technical staff and I, but also from each other”
1 Jean Luc NDAYISHIMIYE (Rayon)
18 Marcel NZARORA (Police FC)
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Johnny McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach. He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team from March 2015 - August 2016. 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 from April 2013 - September 2014. 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). From Jan 2010 - Dec 2014 he set up and developed the Craig Bellamy Elite Soccer Academy in Sierra Leone - placing elite young players in Europe, Asia and North America. He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach.
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