Rwanda coach Mashami optimistic despite loss | AFCON 2019 qualifiers

Vincent Mashami talks to goalie Olivier Kweizera

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers (Group H):

  • Rwanda 1-2 Cote D’Ivoire
  • Guinea 1-0 Central African Republic

Rwanda Amavubi Stars head coach Vincent Mashami is optimistic his side will do better despite losing 2-1 at home to West African giants Cote D’Ivoire.

Vincent Mashami talks to goalie Olivier Kweizera

Rwanda lost the opening group H matches falling 1-0 away to Central African Republic but Mashami says there is better ahead.

In an interview with New Times, he is quoted;

Football is all about taking your chances and today we didn’t take our chances after hitting the crossbar three times, which we were punished for. Despite the disappointing loss at home, I think my players did a great job and played some clean football. It is off-putting because we had chances but failed to covert them. We have to learn from this as we prepare for the next four matches.

The loss to the West Africans on Sunday saw French born forward Jonathan Kodjia, who features for Aston Villa Football Club in the English Premier League scored the opening goal for the visitors.

Toulouse forward Max-Alain Gradel doubled the scores four minutes after the restart from the mandatory half time break with a sublime finish off an acute angle.
Returning Ugandan – born forward Kagere, coming back to the national team fold after a four year absence got the consolation for the Rwandese.

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