The Amavubi of Rwanda have defeated the national team of the Central African Republic 2-0 in an international friendly match played in Kigali, Rwanda today.
Abdul Rwatubyaye gave the hosts the lead after 41 minutes at the Amahoro Stadium in a match played without fans.
The visiting side fought back strongly and tried to create some scoring opportunities, but coach Vincent Mashami’s team defended well.
Returning skipper Jacques Tuyisenge made it 2-0 after 70 minutes. “This has been a very good opportunity for me to try our players and also prepare ahead of several games to come,” said Rwanda’s coach Mashami after the match.
Mashami who led the Amavubi to the quarter final stage of the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) early this year in Cameroon said that they hope to play another friendly against the same team in the next few days.
“These international friendly games help us assess players well because they are competitive and we try out several aspects,” added Mashami.
The two teams used the match to prepare ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers which will start in September.
The other games in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) which will be involved in international friendly matches during the FIFA window for matches include; Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan.
Uganda Cranes is expected to battle Bafana Bafana away in Johannesburg, while Sudan host Zambia in Khartoum and Tanzania take on Malawi at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es salaam.
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