Amavubi rue Haruna’s absence against Algeria

Haruna-NiyonzimaThe absence of midfielder Haruna Niyonziman left a huge gap to fill for Amavubi as they failed to hold Algerians who beat Rwanda 1-0 on Sunday at Amahoro stadium.

The win for the Fennec Foxes took them the next qualifying round after Mali drew 2-2 against Benin in Bamako.

Both sides failed to find the back of the net in the first half of the encounter.

Saphir Taider opened the scoring for Algeria seven minutes after the break. The Bologna midfielder scrambled the ball over the line to put the home side on the back foot.

The Wasps were unable to get the equaliser and as a result fell to their third loss of the campaign.

Coach Eric Nshimiyimana started with Tumaine Ntamuhanga, Andrew Buteera, Jean Claude Iranzi and Fabrice Twagizimana but the likes of Feghouli Sofiane, Adlane Guedioura, slimani Islam and Brahimi Yacine were not stoppable at all despite Amavubi having a solid defence which was later penetrated with a poor defensive tactics between Salomon Nirisarike.

Nshimiyimana said, “This is a good experience for these young players to taste. Despite the loss, I believe we are in the right track of preparing tomorrow’s squad,”

The North Africans won Group H on 12 points, while second-placed Mali are four points adrift with a game still to be played.

Algeria host Mali in their final match of the campaign while Rwanda travel to Benin.

Teams

Rwanda: Ndori; Twagizimana, Sibomana, Kagere, Nirisarike, Buteera (Ndahinduka 74’), Karekezi, Iranzi (Sibomana 46’), Usengimana, Niamuhanaga (Mugabo 54’), Rusheshangoga

Algeria: Mbolhi; Bougherra, Belkalem, Mesbah, Feghouli (Lacen 85’), Brahimi (Kadir 71’), Medjani, Slimani (Djebbour 82’), Guedioura, Taider, Mostefa-Sbaa

 

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