The head coach of the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda Vincent Mashami, is hope his boys can get a good result against Uganda, in their first game of the 2020 African Nations championship.
Rwanda takes on the cranes of Uganda on Monday January 18, 2020 at the Douala Reunification stadium as from 8pm.
Ahead of the game, coach Mashami Vincent and captainJacques Tuyisenge faced the press in Douala on Sunday morning. The tactician stated that Monday’s showdown against Uganda will be a tough duel, but expects a good reaction from his boys.
“We just need to play our cards very well, stay compact and discipline, try to help each other on the pitch and try to fine the necessary results for the team“, Mashami told the press
” Tomorrow will be a very different game and I hope we are going to make a very good result which will boast the moral of the whole team“, he added.
The Amavubi Stars have been in Douala for four days now, enough time for them to acclimatize with the whether conditions of the city.
Rwanda is in their fourth participation at the CHAN, and have won just one of their three previous first group games, a narrow 1#0 win against Ivory coast at home in 2016. Their other opening day games have seen them suffering a 0#2 defeat to senegal in 2011 and a zero all tie against Nigeria in Morocco 2018.
In fact, Monday’s game will be match number 11 for Rwanda in the final face of the CHAN. In their last 10 outings at the CHAN, they have recorded three wins, one draw and six defeats.
The highest the Amavubi Stars have gone in this tournament, was a quarter final finish in 2016, when they hosted the tournament. That year, they were eliminated by DR Congo 1#2, and the former went on to win the competition.
The game against the Cranes on Monday will be a veritable test for Vincent Mashami and boys, who will be facing a Rwandan side headed by Johnathan McKinstry. McKinstry was part of Rwanda’s coaching staff, when they hosted the competition in 2016.