Rwanda Coach Antoine Hey lambasts the state of the playing surface at St. Mary’s stadium.

Antoine Hey addressing the media after Friday’s training 

By: Danito Nsubuga 

Ahead of the first leg of the CHAN qualifier between Uganda and Rwanda, the Rwanda national team Amavubi had a feel of the match day pitch at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday.

The training started at exactly 4:00 pm after a heavy down pour and a full contingent of the travelled squad spread out to the pitch to have a feel of it but shortly after the training session a visibly disappointed Hey was quick to criticize the management of the stadium for maintaining such a poor quality playing surface and he questioned why FUFA could not find a better venue for a game of this magnitude and calibre that is organised on international standards. The German tactician said,

The players warm up at St Mary’s Stadium 


” This is an international game that should be played on an internationally maintained facility, this looks like a cattle feeding ground that is not even attended to, but it’s your home ground (Uganda) and National Stadium we shall have to play on that”.


He was however adamant that the state of the pitch will not affect his game plan and he insists they remain positive of attaining a positive result. He added,


“We are both physically and mentally prepared for the game and we know we shall get a positive result tomorrow take back home where we shall have a fully packed stadium ready to support us, the pressure is upon Uganda to deliver and for us we are cool headed ready to capitalize on their mistakes”.


“Our target is to reach the finals and we are happy with the preparations we have had for tomorrow’s game” Concluded the German.


The aggregate winner between the two sides over two legs will automatically qualify for the finals of the CHAN Championships in Kenya early next year.

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