CHAN 2016: Sugira sends Rwanda to the quarter finals

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SugiraIn front of a fully packed Amahoro stadium, Rwanda striker Ernest Sugira scored twice to send Rwanda through as the first nation to qualify for the quarter finals of the CHAN 2016.
The AS Kigali striker opened the scores in the 42nd minute after the break through a rebound from the Gabonese goalie Yves Stephen Bitseki Moto who had stopped Jacques Tuyisenge’s shot in the first place.
Five minutes later, the tall striker made it two for the hosts by looping in a superb short to beat Gabonese goalie Bitseki who silently touched the ball.
Gabon was later reduced to ten men when Tchen Djesnot Kabi received a second booking (red card) for dangerous tackle on Rwanda’s left back Celestine Ndayishimiye.
In the 56th minute Gabon pulled back to score their lone goal when Aaron Boupendza headed the ball to beat goalie Jean Luc Bakame
Even though reduced to ten men, Gabon continued to show resilience by pushing forward for an equalizer and in the 86th minute, left footed Nzambe hit the post from a free kick.
They again pressed for second by launching an attack, but it yielded a corner that Rwanda easily dealt with.
In the 62nd minute, Ndayishimiye almost equalized for the opponents when he nearly scored an own goal but Bakame was steady to make a save.
Rwanda head coach Jonathan McKinstry substituted Innocent Habyarimana for Young star Savio Nshuti.
In his interview McKinstry who was pleased with the results said “I am happy with the team performance because our target was to reach the quarterfinals and the results are good for Rwanda.”
“It was a tough game combined with hard work the boys deserved the win. We have been improving performance in each game and the boys have worked hard.”
However he warned that “We can’t celebrate now because we still have another tough game against Morocco in the group. We shall look into it and to try to fill the next jig puzzle.”
His counterpart Stephen who was disappointed with the defeat said “We had some good occasions to score but lacked the finishing. The other team was better and because they had the determination.”
Sugira was named Match of the Match after the game.

Sugira was named Match of the Match after the game.

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