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Total CHAN 2018: Equatorial Guinea will be a different match-Coach Hey

By Mugabe

Rwanda head coach Antoine Hey stated that their next Group C encounter against Equatorial Guinea will be a different match as Amavubi will be aiming to win the game to boost their quarter final qualification hopes.

Rwanda who drew 0-0 with Nigeria in the opening match of Group C on Monday will face Equatorial Guinea in the second game on Friday, January 19 at the on-going 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

Speaking on Monday after the Nigeria opening game, Hey said, β€œWe are taking every much at a time, Equatorial Guinea will be different match with a different game plan.That's the match we are concentrating on and Libya is far away and depending on the results of the second matches, we will see how many points and goals we need when we play against Libya in the final game or whether we need to win it or if a draw is enough,"

"So we will adjust our game plan according to what we need. On Monday we needed a point, next match against Equatorial Guinea we will need more points," added Hey.

Against Nigeria, the German-born coach lauded his team for putting up a spirited performance. β€œI am happy with the way they fought up to the last minute, we are looking forward to continue with the same spirit in the next matches. Winning would have been better, but the result we got is good enough.

Meanwhile, the Amavubi team had a recovery hydrotherapy session on Tuesday for players who were involved in Monday's game for 90 minutes while the rest trained later in the evening at Grand Stade de Tanger.

The team will hold their full house training session on Wednesday night as they gear up for Friday's crucial Group C encounter.

Rwanda could take a significant step towards the quarter finals if they beat Equatorial Guinea in their second group game on Friday, while Nigeria are set to face Libya in their second Group C clash.

Rwanda reached the quarter finals of the CHAN competition last edition when they hosted the fourth edition in 2016.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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Total CHAN 2018: Rwanda hold Nigeria in a goalless draw in Tanger

By Mugabe

Rwanda held Nigeria to a goalless draw in the opening game of the Total Africa Nations Championship's Group C played on Monday at Grand Stade de Tanger in Morocco.

Rwanda goalie Eric Ndayishimiye pulled brilliant saves with Nigeria dominated the first half as both sides failed to find the net. The result ensures Libya maintains top spot of the group thanks to their 3-0 humbling of Equatorial Guinea in the earlier kick-off.

The Super Falcons were the better side, dominating possession in both halves but failed to do the most important thing – goal scoring.

With veteran Rabiu Ali leading Nigeria's onslaughts, youngster Sunday Faleye was unlucky to see his header from Osas Okoro's assist bounce off the crossbar in the opening minutes with Ndayishimiye completely beaten.

On 38 minutes, Ali wasted a golden opportunity to send Nigeria into the lead, volleying wide after the Rwandan goalie had spilled a cross onto his path.

The Amavubi survived yet another scare from the Super Eagles four minutes before the interval, after a long drive from Ali came off the post with Ndayishimiye beaten yet again.

The second half resumed on the same tempo with Rwanda coming into the picture following the introduction of nimble footed AS Kigali midfielder Savio Nshuti and Mico Justin for Abeddy Biramahire and Barnabe Mubumbyi.

Towards the last 20 minutes, the Amavubi grew in confidence and Eric Rutanga saw his curling effort from a set piece missing the top right corner by inches.

In the 80th minute, Nigeria were unlucky not to score as Eze saw his well-taken header coming off the left post once again.

Amavubi also had a free kick in the dying minutes of the game which was taken again by Rutanga but didn't materialize as his cross was headed away by the Nigerian defense.

Meanwhile, Djihad Bizimana was named man of the match following his excellent individual performances in the game.

With a goalless draw, Rwanda secured a point and is left with two matches against Equatorial Guinea on Friday, January 19 and Libya on January 23 before completing her group stage campaign.

Total CHAN 2018: We are ready for Nigeria, says skipper Ndayishimiye

By Mugabe

The Rwanda football team skipper Eric Ndayishimiye has stated that players are upbeat and ready to battle Nigeria for maximum points on Monday when the two nations meet in the opening game of Group C of the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) at Grande Stade de Tanger, Morocco.

Speaking during the official press conference held at the Grand Stade de Tanger on Sunday evening, the Rayon Sports skipper Ndayishimiye said that his team is in Morocco for continental business which starts by securing maximum points over Nigeria in tonight's game which kicks-off at 19:30 (21:30 Kigali time).

Ndayishimiye said, β€œWe are facing a strong Nigerian team in our first group opening match. It's a strong and good squad with rich football history and usually opening matches are always difficult. However, we are very committed and ready for this crucial game.Our mission is to secure maximum points and I can guarantee you that everyone is ready for the battle,”

In his remarks, the Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey said, β€œFirst of all I would like to use this opportunity to thank the host country, Morocco and CAF for a top class organization so far. We are very happy with the reception we have received from the hosting country Morocco. The accommodation, transportation, training fields, the stadiums, overall organization is outstanding. This is remarkable for the standard of this tournament and because of this, our focus in Rwanda was to use more or less young talented and gifted young players to give them an opportunity to show what talent they have and what they can do. For us, it is very exciting to be part of these 16 teams and we want to stay as long as possible,”

He added, β€œWe are placed in a strong group and we have four teams that I think each of these four teams can qualify to the quarters finals or get out of the tournament. Against Nigeria, it will not be so easy as every one in our opponent's camp thinks, we are ready and I hope Nigeria is ready too,”

The Amavubi team had a 20-minute walk on Grand Stade de Tanger on Sunday night before holding the final training session at the outer annexe of the main stadium.

The training session was attended FERWAFA President Vincent Nzamwita who is also a member of the CHAN organizing committee, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Bugingo Emmanuel and the Amavubi staunch supporter Michael Fietzek.

Rwanda goes into Monday's game with no injuries, a big boost to Coach Antoine Hey who will be having a wide pool of players to make his first choice of players who will start in a must-win encounter against Nigeria.

When Rwanda hosted CHAN 2016 edition, Amavubi made the most of home advantage and reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament, losing 2-1 to the eventual winners DR Congo in extra-time.

It was the first time Rwanda had progressed past the group stage of the continent's second-most prestigious football tournament.

In an earlier game, Libya, winners of the competition in 2014, take on debutants Equatorial Guinea at 16:30 (18:30 Kigali time).

Meanwhile, the Total CHAN tournament begun on Saturday with hosts Morocco thrashing Mauritania 4-0 in Casablanca. Then on Sunday, Sudan defeated Guinea 2-1 in the second Group A match.

In Group B matches played on Sunday, Zambia confirmed their superiority over Uganda with a 3-1 win while debutants Namibia shocked Cote d'Ivoire as they defeated the West Africans 1-0 in Marrakech.

Total CHAN Tournament
Monday, January 15, 2018

Libya vs Equatorial Guinea (18:30)
Rwanda vs Nigeria (21:30)

Group B Results
Zambia 3-1 Uganda
Namibia 1-0 Cote d'Ivoire

Group A Results
Morocco 4-0 Mauritania
Sudan 2-1 Guinea
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League, Match Day 10 Results

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match day 10 Results
Saturday, January 13
Group A

Unity Fc 3-0 Gasabo United
Sorwathe Fc 1-0 Aspor Fc
Nyagatare Fc 2-2 Gitikinyoni F
Esperance 3-2 Rwamagana City
Etoile de l'est 1-1 Vision Fc

Sunday, January 14
Pepiniere 8-1 Akagera Fc

Saturday, January 13
Group B

Heroes Fc 1-4 AS Muhanga
Rugende FC 2-2 Interfoce Fc
UR Fc 1-8 Intare Fc
La Jeunesse 3-0 Hope Fc

Sunday, January 14
United Stars 2-1 Vision JN
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Hosts Morocco off to winning start in Chan

By Mugabe

Morocco got their 2018 Chan campaign off to a winning start as they defeated Mauritania 4-0 in the opening Group A match in Casablanca on Saturday night.

The Atlas Lions had to be patient at the Stade Mohamed V, but after breaking the deadlock through Ayoub El Kaabi midway through the second half they were on the path for a comprehensive victory.

Morocco dominated from the get-go and β€˜Les Mourabitounes' needed a couple of good interventions from defenders Sidi Mohamed Bilal and Mohamed Wade to keep the hosts at bay.

The Atlas Lions were also guilty of spurning good chances through the first half, with Abdelilah Hafidi heading wide after Mauritania goalkeeper Souleimane Brahim had palmed a cross into his path, while Ayoub El Kaabi also struck a low effort just wide of the mark.

Brahim made a couple of fine saves in the opening minutes of the second half, but he was helpless to deny El Kaabi in the 66th minute, as the striker ran onto a touch from Ismail El Haddad before coolly sending a shot beyond the β€˜keeper.

Six minutes later El Haddad made it 2-0 after cutting inside from the right and sending a shot into the net via the hand of the Mauritania gloves-man, while El Kaabi netted his second in the 80th with a well-placed shot.

There was still time in the dying minutes for Morocco to add a fourth as substitute Achraf Bencharki showed his class by rounding the β€˜keeper before scooping home a shot from a tight angle to complete the scoring.

The teams will be in action again on January 17, with Morocco facing Guinea, while Mauritania will take on Sudan.

Morocco: 1. Anas Zniti, 4. Nayef Aguerd, 13. Badr Benoun (6. Badr Boulahroud 87'), 16. Mohamed Nahiri, 20. Abdeljalil Jbira, 7. Zakaria Hadraf (17. Achraf Bencharki 75'), 8. Salaheddine Saidi, 19. El Mehdi Barrahma, 18. Abdelilah Hafidi, 11. Ismail El Haddad, 9. Ayoub El Kaabi (10. Walid El Karti 82')

Mauritania: 1. Souleimane Brahim, 4. Mohamed Wade, 5. Sidi Mohamed Bilal, 6. Lemrabot El Hacen, 15. Oumare Mangane, 11. Moulayeahmed Khalil, 17. Moussa Baghayoko, 20. Samba Moussa (7. Hemeya Tanjy 77'), 21. Abdou Mbark El Id (18. Abdoulaye Sileye 73'), 23. Abdoulaye Gaye, 19. Elycheikh Samba El Voullany (9. Karamokho Traore 61')
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Total CHAN 2018: Amavubi holds maiden training session in Tanger

By Mugabe

Rwanda Men's senior football team, Amavubi, held their first training session on Friday evening in a chilly Tanger as they prepared for the opening game of Group C of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship.

The 2018 Africa Nations Championship begins on Saturday with host Morocco taking on Mauritania in the tournament opener at the Complexe Sportif Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Group C action will begin on Monday as Libya takes on Equatorial Guinea in the opening game before Rwanda takes on Nigeria in the second game of the day.

On Friday, Amavubi trained at annexe 2 of the Stade Grande de Tanger following their arrival in Tanger on Thursday afternoon.

On a cold Friday evening, the country's 23-man national players were involved in the session which was closely monitored by the entire technical team led by Coach Antoine Hey.

The training session lasted for one hour and twenty minutes training session before Amavubi left the venue for Nigeria to conduct their session following their arrival in Tanger earlier today.

Earlier, in the morning, Rwanda delegation underwent a CAF Arrival Meeting at Royal Tulip Hotel. The meeting involved passport check and study session which tackled the key aspects of the tournament related to technical, medical, refereeing as well as marketing and media rights.

Training continues on Saturday at 6pm (8pm) and on Sunday, the team will use Stade Grande de Tanger for the official training session which will start from 20:45 until 21:45 (22:45 to 23:45 Kigali time).

Rwanda is placed in Group C alongside 2014 champions Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

The Amavubi team will open its campaign at the Total 2018 CHAN Finals against Nigeria on Monday.

Rwanda Group C Fixtures, All matches at Grand Stade de Tanger in Tanger
Rwanda vs Nigeria –15th January 2018 19.30pm (21.30)
Rwanda vs Equatorial Guinea–19th January 2018 19.30pm (21.30)
Rwanda vs Libya – 23rd January 2018 19:00 (21h00)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Sorwathe FC seek to maintain winning streak in Div. 2 league

By Mugabe

After defeating Vision FC 1-0 on Wednesday, unbeaten Sorwathe FC will go into the second division league clash against Aspor on Saturday at Kinihira ground, looking to maintain their winning streak and grip on top spot.

Rulindo district-based Sorwathe FC, lead Pool A with 19 points, one point ahead of Rwamagana City after they defeated Gasabo FC 3-0 in midweek.

Striker Emmanuel Niyitegeka was the hero for Sorwathe on Wednesday, scoring the lone goal of the match at Kinihira ground in the 74th minute.

Sorwathe FC coach Comrade Banamwana has challenged his players to finish the season unbeaten.

β€œWe have been doing well since the start of the season; we are the only side yet to lose a match in the second division league. Our major target this season is promotion to topflight league, that's why we can't afford any mistakes, the players know that,” Banamwana said.

Matchday 10 Fixtures
Saturday; Group A

Unity FC Vs Gasabo United 2:30pm
Sorwathe FC Vs Aspor FC
Pepiniere Vs Akagera FC
Nyagatare FC Vs Gitikinyoni FC
Esperance Vs Rwamagana City
Etoile De L'est Vs Vision FC

Group B
Heroes FC Vs AS Muhanga 1pm
Rugende FC Vs Interfoce FC 2:30pm
UR FC Vs Intare FC
United Stars Vs Vision J. Nouvelles
La Jeunesse Vs Hope FC
Newtimes.co.rw

Rwandan Hakizimana among officials to handle Morocco-Mauritania opener

By Mugabe

Rwandan referee Louis Hakizimana has been appointed the among the officials of the opening match of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Morocco 2018.

Host Morocco face Mauritania in the tournament opener on Saturday, 13 January 2018 at the Complexe Sportif Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Hakizimana will serve as the fourth official in the game which will be handled by the experienced Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe who has risen to become one of the foremost match officials on the continent since attaining international status in 2007.

Hakizimana who is among the best elite referees on the continent has excelled in both worldwide and continental assignments handled to him last year.

Other officials appointed for the opening game include Kenyan Marwa Aden Range and Arsenio Maringula of Mozambique who will be the first and second assistant referees.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

CHAN kicks off as local African talent goes on show

By Mugabe

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in "game-changing" situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

It has been trialled in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and debuted in England this week.

VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarter-finals of a unique national team competition as participation is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.

The overwhelming majority of African stars play professionally in Europe, leaving the Nations Championship as a platform for emerging talent to impress scouts.

First staged in the Ivory Coast nine years ago, the CHAN quickly doubled in size from eight nations to 16, and the last edition in Rwanda was superbly organised and well attended.

Fellow east African country Kenya were due to succeed Rwanda as hosts, but surrendered the right to Morocco after falling behind with stadia preparations.

Morocco were keen to stage the 23-day showcase of African domestic football talent as it brings them in from the cold after being stripped of the 2015 Cup of Nations hosting rights.

The north African kingdom wanted the elite African national team competition postponed because they feared visiting supporters might be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials rejected the request, citing contractual obligations, and banned Morocco from the next two Cup of Nations qualifying competitions.

The suspension was later lifted and relations between CAF and Morocco have warmed since Ahmad Ahmad of Malagasy last year replaced long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou as CAF boss.

Commercial capital Casablanca plays host to the opening match between Morocco and Mauritania, a northwest Africa derby that should deliver a home victory.

Morocco have included six of the Wydad Casablanca team that won the 2017 CAF Champions League, including star striker Achraf Bencharki.

The other Casablanca giants, Raja, also supply six of the 23-man squad and there are three stars from 2017 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists FUS Rabat.

Guinea, fourth behind the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Ivory Coast in Rwanda two years ago, and Sudan complete Group A.

Ivory Coast, Zambia, Uganda and Namibia make up Group B and shock 2014 champions Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda and debutants Equatorial Guinea comprise Group C.

David Pierre Eto'o, a younger brother of Cameroon legend Samuel, is part of the Cameroon squad that tackles Angola, Congo Brazzaville and Burkina Faso in Group D.

Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals and the eventual champions pocket $1.25 million (about 1.050 million euro).
AFP

CHAN 2018: Rwanda arrives safely in Tanger, resume training on Friday evening

By Mugabe

The Rwanda continent for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship in Morocco arrived safely from Tunis, Tunisia to Tanger, Morocco on Thursday afternoon.

The Amavubi team arrived in Tanger after a 10-day training camp in Tunisia where they played three friendly matches against Sudan, Namibia and Algeria.

The team which was received by the CAF and LOC officials is residing at Royal Tulip Hotel located in the heart of Tanger City.

The team will resume training on Friday evening, 6pm (8pm Rwandan time) and Saturday before training on the official Stade Grande de Tanger on Sunday night from 20:45 to 21:45 before Monday's first game for Rwanda.

Rwanda is placed in Group C alongside 2014 champions Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

The Amavubi team will open its campaign at the Total 2018 CHAN Finals against Nigeria on Monday.

Meanwhile, Rwanda's Group C foes, Libya, also arrived in Tanger later at 11pm (1am Kigali time) and will be residing at Hilton Garden Inn.

Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea are expected in Tanger over the weekend.

Rwanda Group C Fixtures,
All matches at Grand Stade de Tanger in Tanger

Rwanda vs Nigeria –15th January 2018 19.30 (21.30 Rwandan time)
Rwanda vs Equatorial Guinea –19th January 2018 19.30 (21.30 Rwandan time)
Rwanda vs Libya – 23rd January 2018 19:00 (21h00 Rwandan time)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Rwanda ends pre-CHAN camp with a loss to Algeria; heads to Morocco on Thursday

By Mugabe

Rwanda concluded her ten-day pre-CHAN training camp in Tunisia with a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Algeria in a friendly match played on Wednesday at El Menzeh Stadium, Tunis.

The game was held as part of Rwanda's preparations for the forthcoming African Nations Championship.

From the squad that faced Sudan last week, Amran Nshimiyimana and Herve Rugwiro earned starting roles.

Farouk Chafai scored a first half brace while goals from Abid Mohamed Lamine and Bouguelmouna El Habib secured an emphatic win for Algeria. Mubumbyi Barnabe scored a consolation for the Amavubi in the 79th minute.

Algeria scored the opener in the tenth minute through a Farouk Chafai header off a corner taken by Beoussa Mokhtar. Abeddy Biramahire had the ball in the back of the net in the 16th minute but it was ruled out for offside after good work from Mico Justin.

But six minutes later Abid Mohamed Lamine headed in a cross, beating goalie Eric Ndayishimiye. Chafai made it 3-0 in the 29th minute after skipping past the Rwandan defence to shoot past Eric Ndayishimiye in goal for the Amavubi as the Fennecs raced to a 3-0 lead at half time.

At the start of the second half coach Antoine Hey made four substitutions: Savio Nshuti for Mico Justin, Faustin Usengimana for Manzi Thierry, Ally Niyonzima for Amran Nshimiyimana and Omborenga Fitina for Eric Iradukunda.

Striker Barnabe Mubumbyi who came in replacing Abeddy Biramahire scored a consolation for the Amavubi in the 79th minute but Bouguelmouna El Habib restored Algeria's three-goal margin with a superb strike.

Despite the goal margin, Amavubi displayed an improved second half which they dominated, creating many chances but they could not convert them.

Speaking to Ferwafa.rw after the game, head coach Antoine β€˜Tony' Hey said, β€œWe lost unfortunately 4-1 to Algeria. The result doesn't reflect the run of the game. We created a lot of chances that we could have scored. We made some defending mistakes that cost, we learnt our lesson, it is a warning shot and I hope the players have had it and the good thing, there are no injuries and all players are still available and fit for Monday, January 15,”

β€œFriendly matches don't count anything for us at this moment in time, it's the Monday match against Nigeria that we are focused on and this is when it counts, this is when we need to be ready and definitely we will be ready,”

He further added, β€œEverybody is a little bit disappointed because of the results today (Wednesday) but not because of the match and now we are looking forward to Monday, we cant wait to start our campaign,”

During the ten-day camp held in Tunisia, Rwanda played against Sudan (40 minutes) in a goalless draw, drew 1-1 with Namibia before losing 4-1 to Algeria.

In a related development, Rwanda's Group C opponents Libya lost 1-2 to Burkina Faso in another pre-CHAN friendly match played on Wednesday in Tunis.

Rwanda leaves Tunis for Tanger, Morocco on Thursday aboard Air Morocco with expected arrival scheduled for 15:30 (16:30 local time).

Rwanda will face Nigeria in their first group game on January 15 in Tangier before taking on Equatorial Guinea on the 19th and Libya on the 23rd.

The 2018 CHAN competition will run from January 13 to February 4.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League, Match Day 8 Results

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match Day 8 Results
Group A
January 10, 2018

Rwamagana City Fc 3-0 Gasabo FC
Aspor Fc 6-0 Akagera Fc
Unity Fc 0-0 Gitikinyoni Fc
Sorwathe Fc 1-0 Vision Fc
Esperance Fc 0-5 Etoile de l'est Fc
Pepiniere Fc 2-0 Nyagatare Fc

Group B
January 10, 2018

Vision JN 1-1 Interforce Fc
Intare Fc 11-0 SEC Fc
Rugende Fc 2-0 Hope Fc
UR Fc vs AS Muhanga (Postponed)
United Stars Fc 1-1 Heroes Fc
La Jeunesse (Repos)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

CHAN 2018 Update: Rwanda ready for Algeria build-up

By Mugabe

Rwanda men's football team, Amavubi, concludes her training camp in Tunisia with a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) warm-up match against Algeria on Wednesday afternoon at El Menzeh stadium in Tunis, Tunisia.

Kick-off to Wednesday's match is at 14:30 (15:30 Kigali time) in Tunis.

The Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey told Ferwafa.rw on Tuesday night that they expect a tough challenge against Algeria but they will be aiming to register a good performance and result.

He said, β€œFirst of all, we had a good training week, we played one and half matches, we have no injuries and this is very good because it was very tough for the players in terms of the training program and also traveling a long trip from Kigali via Doha to Tunisia as well as adapting to whether changes. It is very positive,”

β€œThis morning (Tuesday), the players looked very sharp, aggressive, very focused and there was very high competition in the squad where everybody wants to play. We feel now we are in the final stages of our preparation program and our focus is on the Algeria team who are just coming to play against us which is a big honor also and we want to go out and show a good performance and result that gives us some confidence for next Monday,”

He further added, β€œWe face a very good group of Algerian players on Wednesday. They have a new coach coach Rabah Madjer, one of my childhood heroes. They are more experienced than our group but we want to show a good performance against them and show them that they have made a good decision to choose to play Rwanda in their first friendly match under their new coach and not some other team which is camping in Tunisia,”

Rwanda held a training session in Sousse at El Mouradi training facility in the morning before heading to Tunis where they have spent a night at El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel in preparation for Wednesday's action.

On the hand, the Fennec Foxes, under new coach Rabah Madjer headed to Tunis on Tuesday aboard a private jet. Coach Rabah Madjer whose back heeled goal helped FC Porto to win their first European Cup in 1987, noted with satisfaction the good form displayed by his players and is expecting the best from his troops when they face Rwanda.

The friendly match between Rwanda and Algeria will be Amavubi's last assessment for Coach Antoine Hey before the team heads to Morocco on Thursday for the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament which begins on January 13 in Morocco.

Rwanda will face Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in Group C whose venue is in Tanger, Morocco.

Rwanda qualified for CHAN 2018 after beating Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate score over two legs. This will be Rwanda's third appearance (after 2011 and 2016) in Africa's second biggest football tournament that gathers exclusively players featuring in their respective domestic leagues.

In 2016, Rwanda reached the quarter-finals before they were eliminated by DR Congo 2-1 in extra-time. DRC went on to win the tournament.

The 2018 CHAN tournament will attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote d'Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

2018 CHAN Update: Rwanda continues training ahead of Algeria friendly tie

By Mugabe

After playing a 1-all draw against Namibia on Sunday and conducting a recovery session on Monday, Rwanda men's football team will hold their last session on Tuesday before heading to Tunis in preparation for Wednesday's friendly match against Algeria.

Rwanda will host Algeria's domestic team in a friendly training match due at Stade Olympique d'El Manzeh, 14:30 (15:30 Kigali time) in Tunis.

The team held a recovery session on Monday which involved light jogging and full stretching for the players who featured for over 45 minutes in the Namibia friendly and full jogging and ball work for the rest of the players.

The Amavubi team will hold a morning training session at El Mouradi training facility in Sousse, Tunisia on Tuesday under the guidance of head coach Antoine Hey before departing to Tunis where they will spend a night ahead of Wednesday's tie.

The friendly match between Rwanda and Algeria will be Amavubi's last assessment for Coach Antoine Hey before the team heads to Morocco on Thursday for the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament which begins on January 13 in Morocco.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League, Match Day 8 Fixtures due on Wednesday

By Mugabe

The match day eight matches of the Second Division League will be staged on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

The Group A and Group B matches were initially supposed to be played on December 31, 2017 but were later shifted to January 10, 2018.

They will now be played on Wednesday across respective hosting venues as scheduled.

Group A
January 10, 2018

Rwamagana City Fc vs Gasabo FC (Rwamagana, 14:30)
Aspor Fc vs Akagera Fc (Kicukiro, 14:30)
Unity Fc vs Gitikinyoni Fc (Ndera, 14:30)
Sorwathe Fc vs Vision Fc (Kinihira, 14:30)
Esperance Fc vs Etoile de l'est Fc (Mumena, 14:30)
Pepiniere Fc vs Nyagatare Fc (Ruyenzi, 14:30)

Group B
January 10, 2018

Vision JN vs Interforce Fc (Umuganda Petit Pitch, 14:30)
Intare Fc vs SEC Fc (FERWAFA, 14:30)
Rugende Fc vs Hope Fc (Rugende, 14:30)
UR Fc vs AS Muhanga (Kamena, 14:30)
United Stars Fc vs Heroes Fc (Kabagali, 14:30)
La Jeunesse (Repos)

Match Day 8 Suspensions
1. Ruzibiza Prince (Aspor Fc)
2. Irirkumutima Lambert (Esperance Fc)
3. Byishimo Idrissa (Gitikinyoni SC)
4. Munyemana Jean Pierre (Gitikinyoni SC)
5. Dushimimana Joseph (Gitikinyoni SC)
6. Gasingwa Claude (Esperance Fc)
7. Murenzi Jacques (Interforce Fc)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League, Match Day 9 Results

By Mugabe

Second Division League, Match Day 9 Results
Group A, January 6
Gasabo Fc 0-2 Aspor
Rwamagana City Fc 3-2 Unity Fc
Gitikinyoni Fc 2-1 Esperance SK
Vision Fc vs Pepiniere Fc (Abandoned due to heavy rains)
Etoile de l'est Fc vs Nyagatare Fc (Match Never played, Await final decision from Competitions commission)

January 7
Akagera Fc 0-6 Sorwathe Fc

Group B, January 6
Vision JN 1-1 Rugende Fc
AS Muhanga (Repos)
Heroes Fc 0-2 La Jeunesse

January 7
Interforce Fc 2-3 Intare Fc
SEC Fc 2-0 UR Fc
Hope Fc 0-0 United Stars
Source: Ferwafa.rw

CHAN 2018 Preps: Rwanda, Namibia play to 1-all draw

By Mugabe

Ten-man Rwanda team were forced to 1-all draw by hosts Namibia in a friendly training match held on Sunday afternoon in Jemmal Stadium, Tunisia.

The game was staged as part of preparations of the upcoming Total 2018 African Nations Championship which begin on Janaury 13 in Casablanca, Morocco.

Rwanda secured the lead in the 45th minute courtesy of a strike from Savio Nshuti Dominique after connecting a set-piece from striker Nshuti Innocent.

Rwanda wasted a clear chances in the 25th minute when Omborenga Fitina's shot got saved by Namibia goalie Loyot Kazapua.

Six minutes later, Hakizimana Muhadjiri had his freekick taken from the edge of the goal area punched off the cross bar by the skillful Namibian goalie Kazapua.

Namibia's better chances were in the 7th and 40th minute with striker Absalom Imbondi forcing Rwandan goalie Marcel Nzarora to make superb saves.

Striker Mubumbyi Barnabe struck a header in the 43rd minute which was put off bay by goalie Kazapua and a minute later Namibia's Hendrick Somaeb unleashed a strong shot from the edge of the boss but his attempt went above the cross bar.

In the second half, Coach Antoine Hey made his first substitution by replacing injured Nshuti Innocent with midfielder Yannick Mukunzi.

Namibia equalized through a defensive lapse in the 57th minute as substitute striker Itamunua Keimune scored unbothered inside the goal area, strking a sharp ball past goalie Nzarora.

The Amavubi technical staff then beefed up the striking force by bringing striker Mico Justin for Barnabe Mubumbyi upfront.

However, five minutes later, Rwanda were reduced to ten men as skipper Amran Nshimiyimana was sent off following a second bookable offence outside the goal area.

To strengthen the backline, Manzi Thierry replaced Hakizimana Muhadjiri, forcing Ally Niyonzima who had started in the back-three taking the defensive midfield role in the 79th minute to beef up the midfield.

A minute later, striker Mico Justin got a best chance to snatch the winner after beating two Namibian defenders but his shot went inches above the cross bar.

With ten minutes left to play, a composed Amavubi team held onto their nerves, denying any breakthrough from Namibian strikers till the end of the game.

After the game, Amavubi coach Antoine Hey said, β€œDrawing 1-1 is a positive result. Some of our players had not played so many matches before, so it was a good game for them. I am very satisfied with the result and the match in general,”

β€œI am very happy with the performance of Herve Rugwiro and Amran Nshimiyimana today and all in all it was good. Things are working according to our plan and let's look forward,”

β€œNow we have two more training sessions on Monday and Tuesday before we play Algeria on Wednesday,” added Coach Antoine.

Rwanda will conclude her training camp on Wednesday with a friendly match against Algeria in Tunis before heading to Morocco.

Rwanda will face Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in Group C whose venue is in Tanger, Morocco.

Rwanda qualified for CHAN 2018 after beating Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate score over two legs. This is Rwanda's third appearance in CHAN finals after 2011 and 2016.

Africa's second biggest football tournament gathers exclusively players featuring in their respective domestic leagues. It is held once in two years since its inception in 2009 in Ivory Coast.

The Africa Nations Championship will attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote d'Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.

Line-ups:

Rwanda: Marcel Nzarora (18), Ali Mbogo (9), Herve Rugwiro (16), Fitina Omborenga (13), Celestin Ndayishimiye (3), Ally Niyonzima (8), Amran Nshimiyimana (5), Muhadjiri Hakizimana (10), Nshuti Savio Dominique (11), Barnabe Mubumbyi (21), & Innocent Nshuti (19)

Namibia: Loyot Kazapua (1), Charles Hamibira (3), Mashaba Karonge (5), Edmund Kambanda (20), Riaan Hanamub (4), Dynamo Fredricks (8), Ronald Ketijere (12), Petrus Shitembi (19), Absalom Imbondi (11), Hendrick Somaeb (10) and Junias Theophilus (7)

Match Officials: Kosii Heithem (Centre Referee, Tunisia), Chaabane Hassen (1st Assistant Referee, Tunisia), Saad Marouane (2nd Assistant Referee, Tunisia) and Nani Abdessalam (4th Official, Tunisia)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Rwanda-Sudan friendly tie halted; Namibia game next on Sunday

By Mugabe

Tunis-The friendly match which pitted Rwanda against Sudan on Saturday in Tunis, Tunisia was abandoned in the 40th minute as both sides drew 0-0 following unsporting behavior from the Sudanese national team players.

The game was staged as part of preparations of the upcoming Total 2018 African Nations Championship which begin on January 13 in Casablanca, Morocco.

Initially, the training tie was supposed to be held at Stade Mongi Ben Brahim Stadium in Tunis with kick-off set at 14:30 but hosts Sudan changed the venue on the last minute to Gammarth apartments training centre, a two-hour drive from Sousse, Amavubi's training venue hence delaying kick-off to 15:06 (16:06 Kigali time).

The game aimed at helping Coach Antoine Hey gauge and access his squad players and tactics started on a good note with both sides displaying good attacking football.

Mico Justin and Biramahire Abeddy had their attempts saved by Sudanese goalie Akrem Elhadi as Yannick Mukunzi and Bizimana Djihad had perfectly control of the midfield.

Sudan on the other hand had two unsuccessful chances from Mohamed El Taher and Ahmed Aden as Amavubi goalie Eric Ndayishimiye behind his centre backs Faustin Usengimana and Manzi Thierry defended well.

With five minutes to half time, the game was brought to its premature end following a bad tackle from behind on Bizimana Djihad from Sudanese midfielder Nasser Eldein Omar. As the Tunisian referee Meher Harali called for a foul, Omar got the approaching Yannick Mukunzi who had come to the rescue of his teammate, lamenting on the bad tackle and head-butted him.

As the match official Harali reached for his pocket to dish out a red card to Omar off, then came charging Sudanese goalie Elhadi, provoking his side to engage into fist fighting with the visiting Rwandan side hence forcing the game to go into chaos.

The unbearable professional acts from the Sudanese team forced Rwanda team to abandon the game before returning back to Sousse to continue their preparations.

Head Coach Antoine Hey said, β€œWe had to stop the match after 40 minutes. It's very unfortunate for us because we drove two hours from Sousse to Tunis specifically for this game and we had honoured this game as a favour to our colleagues from Sudan but unfortunately some players from the Sudanese game disrespected fair play,”

β€œThey started fist fighting with our players, hitting them in their faces and with this atmosphere, it was not wise to proceed with the match as it is a friendly training match and we didn't want to risk with the tempers overcooking, kicking and fighting each other on the field,”

β€œIt didn't make any more sense, it was disrespectful especially as we were the guest, coming to honour this match as a favour an some of their players didn't understand the meaning of this match and therefore it was necessary to stop the match after 40 minutes,” added Coach Hey.

Coach Hey further added, β€œOur focus is now on Namibia game which is due tomorrow (Sunday) and we will use players who were not in the starting lineup today and maybe we might make small changes in the second half. Players who have not been with us will get a chance to play and get used to our system. We are looking forward to this game and let's see how it goes,” added Coach Hey.

This was the second time that Rwanda is facing Sudan in CHAN preparations. In August, 2017, Rwanda defeated Sudan 2-1 in a friendly match held in Kigali and Sudan was under the tutelage of former Sudanese coach Mohamed Abdallah Ahmed nicknamed Mazda.

Rwanda will now face Namibia on Sunday in Jamal in her second build-up match to next week's CHAN Tournament were they will face Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in Group C whose venue is in Tanger, Morocco.

Rwanda qualified for CHAN 2018 after beating Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate score over two legs. This is Rwanda's third appearance in CHAN finals after 2011 and 2016.

Africa's second biggest football tournament gathers exclusively players featuring in their respective domestic leagues. It is held once in two years since its inception in 2009 in Ivory Coast.

The Africa Nations Championship will attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote d'Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.

Line-ups:
Sudan: Akream El hadi (16), Bakri Basher (5), Hussein Mursel (18), Samuel Mirgeni (26), Ahmed Aden (20), Altaher Elhaji (28), Nasser Eldein Omar (23), El Sareni El Saidi (17), Mohamed Eltaher (10), Mohamed Ahmed (19) and Woloo Eldein Musa (7).

Rwanda: Eric Ndayishimiye (1), Iradukunda Eric (14), Rutanga Eric (20), Kayumba Soter (22), Manzi Thierry (17), Faustin Usengimana (15), Mukunzi Yannick (6), Bizimana Djihad (4), Manishimwe Djabel (2), Mico Justin (12) and Biramahire Abeddy (7)

Match Officials: Meher Harali (Tunisia), Samir Naffati (Tunisia), Sami Chawich (Tunisia)
Source: Ferwafa.rw

CHAN 2018 Preps: Rwanda face Sudan in Tunis

By Mugabe

Rwanda Men's senior team, Amavubi, face Sudan in a friendly match on Saturday afternoon as part of preparations of the upcoming Total 2018 African Nations Championship which begin on January 13 in Casablanca, Morocco.

Kick-off to Saturday's match is at 14:30 (15:30 Kigali) at Stade Mongi Ben Brahim Stadium.

The Amavubi team which has been holding intensive preparations in Sousse, Tunisia since Wednesday will be playing Sudan in their first friendly match in Tunisia.

Coach Antoine Hey said on Friday, β€œWe have had six training sessions so far. Players look abit tired so we had to reduce the training intensity this afternoon (Friday).

β€œWe are playing a first friendly match against Sudan tomorrow (Saturday) and Namibia on Sunday. Players need to get match fitness, get the rhythm then we will field another squad against Namibia on Sunday,”

β€œWe hope that after these two matches, players will be ready for the big match against Algeria next Wednesday. Some of these players need such kind of matches to get into the needed competitive rhythm because they didn't play regular matches like Savio and Barnabe,” added Coach Antoine.

This is the second time that Rwanda is facing Sudan in CHAN preparations. In August, 2017, Rwanda defeated Sudan 2-1 in a friendly match held in Kigali and Sudan was under the tutelage of former Sudanese coach Mohamed Abdallah Ahmed nicknamed Mazda.

On Saturday, Rwanda will be facing a Sudanese national team which is currently under former Ashante Kotoko Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic who took over from Mazda in December, 2017.

The 55-year-old, who has worked in Ghana, Kenya, Angola and Tanzania, will lead Sudan at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. Sudan are in in Group A with Morocco, the second choice as hosts after Kenya fell behind with preparations, the 2016 semi-finalists Guinea and Mauritania.

Sudan edged Ethiopia 2-1 on aggregate in August to reach next year's CHAN tournament - their second appearance at the event after staging the 2011 edition as hosts.

Rwanda is using the scheduled friendly matches in preparations for the CHAN tournament where they will face Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in Group C whose venue is in Tanger, Morocco.

Rwanda qualified for CHAN 2018 after beating Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate score over two legs. This is Rwanda's third appearance in CHAN finals after 2011 and 2016.

Africa's second biggest football tournament gathers exclusively players featuring in their respective domestic leagues. It is held once in two years since its inception in 2009 in Ivory Coast.

The Africa Nations Championship will attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote d'Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.

Rwanda's Starting Line-up against Sudan:
Eric Ndayishimiye, Iradukunda Eric, Rutanga Eric, Kayumba Soter, Manzi Thierry, Faustin Usengimana, Mukunzi Yannick, Bizimana Djihad, Imanishimwe Djabel, Mico Justin and Biramahire Abeddy

Rwanda's scheduled international matches

Saturday, January 6: Rwanda vs Sudan – Tunis

Sunday, January 7: Rwanda vs Namibia – Jamal

Wednesday, January 10: Rwanda vs Algeria – Tunis
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Second Division League, Match Day 9 Fixtures

By Mugabe

D2 Match Day 9 Fixtures
Group A, January 6
Gasabo Fc vs Aspor (Ferwafa, 15:30)
Rwamagana City Fc vs Unity Fc (Rwamagana, 14:30)
Gitikinyoni Fc vs Esperance SK (Skol's pitch, 14:30)
Vision Fc vs Pepiniere Fc (Mumena, 15:30)
Etoile de l'est Fc vs Nyagatare Fc (Ngoma, 14:30)

January 7
Akagera Fc vs Sorwathe Fc (Rwinkwavu, 14:30)

Group B, January 6
Vision JN vs Rugende Fc (Umuganda Pitch 2, 14:30)
Hope Fc vs United Stars (Rutsiro, 14:30)
AS Muhanga (Repos)
Heroes Fc vs La Jeunesse (Kicukiro, 15:30)

January 7
Interforce Fc vs Intare Fc (Ferwafa, 13:00)
SEC Fc vs UR Fc (Ferwafa, 15:30)

Match Day 9 Suspensions
1. Kayiranga Leon (Vision Fc)
2. Nyamikore Benon (Unity Fc)
3. Twiringiyimana Egide (SEC)
4. Nshimiyimana Valens (SEC)
5. Kagaba Innocent (Nyagatare Fc)
6. Niyomugabo Jean Claude(Heroes)

Current Top Scorers
1. Kayitaba Jean Bosco (Unity Fc) - 8
2. Sibomana Abdoul (Rwamagana City) – 7
3. Habimana Noel (Sorwathe Fc) – 5
4. Habimana Viateur (Vision JN) – 4
5. Ntakirutimana Jean de Dieu (Aspor) – 4
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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