In front of an empty stadium, Rwanda, seized control of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers opening leg by beating Seychelles three-nil away from home on Thursday.
Amavubi which looked strong for Seychelles, scoring the two goals in a space of three minutes in the first half, and laid the game to bed with another on the 80 minutes before the final 90 minutes.
Central forward Muhadjiri Hakizimana scored the opener when put the ball behind the net on the 33 minute of the half hour with a low strike in the corner of the net.
Two minutes later, the visitors, played some clinical football, before midfielder Yannick Mukunzi made it two with a fantastic far post finish on the 34 minute.
Muhagiri and Mukunzi looked dangerous when they pushed some descent shorts but missed the target against the small archipelago of islands to the north of Madagascar that has more giant tortoises than people.
Minutes into the first half, striker Meddie Kagera almost made it three but failed to lush the ball into the back of the net.
The first opening first half was descent for head coach Vincent Mashami, however it was a caution for his counterpart Dutchman Jan Mak who was appointed head coach four days ago.
The second half kicked off with Seychelles trailing by 2-nil, Amavubi played some slick football in opening 10 minutes.
Seychelles tried to make a comeback when Bibi Colin tried to score but was ruled to be offside by match referee.
Their defense had some little bit of slack.
Attacking midfielder Pappy Sibomana came for attacking midfielder Hakizimana in second half.
A minute later, Pappy flashed a left short but it went far wide.
Before being substitute by Ernest Sugira, 32-year old Kagere netted a simple fine finish when he deceived the Seychelles goalie to score his 13th goal in 36 matches for Rwanda.
Four minutes into added extra time, Amavubi almost laid the game to bed, but the host were steady at the backline.
The return leg will be played five days from today- September 10, 6:00pm at Stade de Kigali, the winner on aggregate will face Ethiopia ten days after.
Rwanda has never qualified for the World Cup except for the Under-17 world games organized in Mexico in 2014.