Amavubi head coach Antoine Hey has said that he is pleased and satisfied with the one-all result performance of the national team draw away in Tanzania despite the challenges ahead of the game.
Rwanda forced Tanzania to a 1-1 draw in their second round, Central-East Zone qualifier for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday in a match played at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza
The Amavubi team secured the lead - and a potentially vital away goal - in the 18th minute when Dominique Savio Nshuti putting the ball at the back of the net.
However, in the 34th minute, the Taifa Stars hit back to level the game at 1-1 through Himid Mao’s spot kick when Amiable Rucogoza handled Simon Msuva’s attempt in the box leading to a penalty.
Coach Hey and his side who arrived in Kigali on Sunday night aboard RwandAir flight from Kilimanjaro said that he is pleased with the point from Mwanza given the poor preparations of his side, on top of some players who missed the flight and used the road from Dar Es Salaam to Mwanza.
“We are happy with the results in the match, you know we had many problems ahead of the game, players traveled by roads for 24 hours, we had no friendly game played we had problems.” Hey, who has not won any game since he took up the team added they will continue training immediately when they come back home.
The two sides will face off on Saturday 22nd July at the Kigali stadium in the return leg. The aggregate winner of the tie will face either South Sudan or Uganda in the final qualifying round for a ticket to the Kenya finals.
South Sudan forced Uganda to a goalless draw, the return leg set for next Saturday at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.