(Photo courtesy of Ronnie Lusulire)
By: Danito Nsubuga
Following their 3-0 loss to the Uganda Cranes at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, Rwanda’s German Coach Antoine Hey has made some shuffles in his squad in an attempt to getting them ready for the almost mission impossible battle to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Uganda on Saturday 19th in Kigali.
Rwanda will need to score 3 or more unanswered goals in the 2nd leg if they are to stand any chances of qualifying for the tournament which they hosted in 2015 and were knocked out at the quarter final stage.
Hey has summoned former AS Vita defender Ernest Sugira who joined APR FC and Rayon Sport’s Gilbert Mugisha to replace the suspended Aimable Rucogoza and Barnabe Mubumbyi who received their second cumulative yellow cards on Saturday at Kitende.
Team Captain and first choice goalkeeper Eric Bakame Ndayishimiye will also return to the squad after missing the trip to Kampala in the first leg due to suspension.
Hey was quoted by www.ferwafa.rw on saying that, his team is not yet out of the challenge for the place at the forthcoming CHAN Championships despite the heavy defeat. He said,
“We expected a tough game against Uganda and I cannot blame my players for losing. They did well and created chances but sometimes you need to use the chances that come your way and unfortunately today we didn’t.”
“We conceded an early penalty, which I think was not the correct decision by the referee. We tried to reorganize again but my players were so nervous after falling behind. We are going to prepare the best we possibly can for the second leg, it’s not over yet, anything can happen.”
The aggregate winner over the two legs will qualify for the tournament proper which is due to be hosted in Kenya next year from January 11th to February 2nd 2018.