Rwanda eye win over Libya on Sunday
2015 Afcon qualifier
Libya vs. Rwanda
AMAVUBI interim head Coach Andre Cassa Mbungo is assured of snatching a positive result away to Libya in the first round of the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifier which be played on Sunday 65000-seater Stade Olympique on the outskirts of Tunis.
The AS Kigali tactician said in a news briefing held at Ferwafa headquarters in Remera on Wednesday that though Libya is a strong team, Amavubi will go into Sunday’s game with a mission of securing a positive result.
“Libya is a strong squad, ranked in the top 65 worldwide and they have vast experience more than our team. We are going to confront them with a determined mood such that we can register positive results in the first leg,”
“We have to improve our competitive mood and if we can eliminate Libya, I am very sure we can get into the 100 Fifa rankings. I think qualification to the next round is very much possible and we are going to fight until the end such that we can realize our dream of restoring the lost pride of our nation in as far as football team is concerned,” added Cassa Mbungo.
Amavubi left Kigali for Tunis today at dawn (01.00) with 20 players aboard Turkish Airlines to Instabul. They are expected to be in Tunis later in the evening.
He named a final squad which includes three goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and six strikers.
Cassa Mbungo will hope his antics he used during the Confederation Cup to send AS Kigali into the 1/8th round, work for Amavubi in the upcoming qualifiers.
Early this year, AS Kigali was knocked out of the 2014 Africa Confederation Cup after suffering a 3-0 return leg against Difaa El Jadida in second leg of the 1/8th round.
To reach this stage, AS Kigali, who were playing in this competition for the second time since making their debut in 2002, had eliminated Burundian side Academie Tchite and Sudanese Al Ahly Shendi.
Amavubi will be going for a draw or a win against Spanish Janvier Clemente’s Mediterranean Knights in the first leg before hosting the return leg on May 30 in Kigali with the winner of the two-legged encounter facing either Namibia or the Republic of Congo in the next round.
Libya has reigned over Rwanda in two of their last two meetings. They beat Rwanda 2-0 and 1-0 in two friendly matches played separately in 2012 and 2013 under Milutin Sredojovic Micho’s reign.
Post-Gaddafi insecurity in Libya means the Knights must host the Rwandan Wasps at the 65 000-seat Stade Olympique on the outskirts of Tunis.
However, Libyan footballers are used to such difficulties having qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup after playing home games in Mali and Egypt.
Libya will be boosted by winning the African Nation Championship (CHAN) for home-based footballers in South Africa in February under Spanish coach Javier Clemente.
Goalkeeper Mohamed Abdaula, defender and Captain Ali Salama and midfielder Mohamed El Gadi were included in the CHAN team of the tournament.
A setback for the Knights is the possible absence of players from Al-Ahly Benghazi because the Cup of Nations qualifiers clash with matchday one of the CAF Champions League.
Should Rwanda go through in both rounds, they will book a place in Group A, where it would face the likes of defending champions Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.
Goalkeepers: Jean Luc Ndayishimiye, Jean Claude Ndoli and Emery Mvuyekure.
Defenders: James Tubane, Emery Bayisenge, Ismail Nshutiyamagara, Michel Rusheshangoga and Abouba Sibomana
Midfielders: Jean Baptista Mugiraneza, Leon Uwambaziman, Djamal Mwiseneza, Haruna Niyonzima and Rodrique Murengezi
Strikers: Meddie Kagere, Michel Ndahinduka, Daddy Birori, Elias Uzamukunda, Jacques Tuyisenge and Jimmy Mbaraga.