Amavubi game against Sudan in Tunis was called off in the 40th minute, after Sudanese players went physical with Rwandan players following a disputed free kick offered to Rwanda.
Amavubi are in a 10 days training camp in Tunisia in preparations for the fifth edition of African Nations Championship (CHAN) games slated to start from January 13 to February 4, 2018 in Morocco.
In this camp, Rwanda’s men coached by German Antoine Hey were supposed to play three friendly games, against Sudan, Namibia and Algeria.
The Rwanda Football Federation, through its Twitter account, confirmed that the reason for the game to be cancelled was due to the fights between Sudanese players and Rwanda players as the Sudanese were unhappy with the referee’s decision during the game.
“40’ Rwanda 0-0 Sudan. Game called offs as Sudanese player Nasser Omar fouls Djihad Bizimana, then head butts Yannick Mukunzi. Tunisian referee calls for a free kick, Sudanese players led by goalie Akram El Madi unhappy with the decision, decide to go physical with Rwanda players.”
Rwanda’s Amavubi will play Namibia on Sunday, January 6 before they face off Algeria on Wednesday January 10, 2018 before they head to Morocco.
Being in Group C, Rwanda will play its first game in CHAN 2018 on January 15 against Nigeria, before they face off Equatorial Guinea on January 23, to finish their group stage games on January 23, 2018, against Libya.
Amavubi will be participating for the third time in CHAN games that were incorporated in 2009 reserved for nationals who only play in local leagues.
The last CHAN games (2016) were hosted by Rwanda who were eliminated in the quarterfinals by DRC’ Leopards and taking the trophy.