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Rwanda, relies on home advantage to defeat Mozambique

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The Rwanda men’s national team are pinning their hopes on home advantage in this Wednesday Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers game against Mozambique.

The Wasps who are the lowest ranked in Group F will take on Mozambique tomorrow at Nyamirambo stadium before facing hosts Cameroon.

Striker Meddie Kagere said that there is still belief within the team Rwanda squad that they can qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We still have the hope and a chance to win because of the home advantage” the player who ply’s his trade with Simba FC in Tanzania said adding that they can accomplish something even more extraordinary, and make it through to tournament in Cameron.

Rwanda lost the opening two games against Cameroon and Mozambique before going on to draw against Cape Verde in both the fixtures.

Coach Mashami and his men only have two points out of four games. They have not scored any goal.

A victory at home over Mozambique means Coach Mashami and his men will have five points and will need a crucial win in the last group match against a strong Cameroon side in order seal a place at Afcon tournament. The hosts already have an automatic qualification.

The sad news is that, Mashami will miss some of his key players, Hot on the hills will be Jacques Tuyisenge (APR). The strike is nursing a knee injury.

Attacking mid-fielder Muhadjiri Hakizimana (AS Kigali) is under quarantine having tested positive with Covid-19.

Defender Abdul Rwatubyaye will miss the game because he was not released by Macedonian side FC Shkupi. The fact that he player had joined his new club on a 6 month deal in January.

Central mid-fielder Djihad Bizimana based in Beveren, Belgium is assumed to be off form given the fact that he is not featuring in starting 11 or the bench.

The ongoing uncertainty about Bizimana’s future with Beveren has led very many fans including the coach to shrug their shoulders.  

Emery Bayisenge who was instrumental for Rwanda in the CHAN tournament will also miss the game; he got injured during training.

The story was first written by Jejje Muhinde

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