Amavubi’s skipper, Imran Nshimiyimana, was yesterday red carded in the 74th minute after picking a second booking in a draw (1-1) game with Namibia in Tunisia.
Amavubi played Namibia in their 10 day training camp preparing for African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2018 slated to be hosted in Morocco from January 13 to February 4, 2018.
The friendly game against Namibians was the second, among three Antoine Hey’s men are due to play before they head to Morocco for the finals of the fifth edition of TOTAL CHAN games.
On Saturday January 6, Amavubi’s game with Sudan was called off in the 40th minutes when Sudanese players went physical with Rwanda’s players, as the Sudanese were unhappy with the referee’s decision to award a free kick to Rwanda. The game was still goalless for both teams.
With Namibia, Rwanda secured its first goal in the 45th minute through a good finish by Savio Domique Nshuti who netted the pass following a good play with Innocent Nshuti to give Amavubi a halftime lead.
Namibia equalised 12 minutes after halftime break through substitute striker Itamunua Keimune following a defensive miscommunication from Amavubi defenders.
Amavubi were reduced to ten men from the 74th minute when APR FC defensive midfielder Imran Nshimiyimana who had been confided by Hey to lead his fellow countrymen on the pitch.
Both teams kept attacking each other looking for the winning goal but the final whistle was blown with both sides holding one goal.
Rwanda will play their last friendly game against Algeria on Wednesday January 10 before heading to Morocco where they will play their first group stage game against Nigeria’s Super Eagles on January 15.
Amavubi who are in Group C will play their second game against Equatorial Guinea on January 19 before ending their group stage games against Libya on January 23, 2018.
Rwanda’s starting XI against Namibia:
Marcel Nzarora(GK), Ali Mbogo, Hervé Rugwiro, Fitina Omborenga, Celestin Ndayishimiye, Ally Niyonzima, Amran Nshimiyimana(C), Muhadjiri Hakizimana Savio Dominique Nshuti, Bernabé Mubumbyi and Innocent Nshuti.