Ernest Sugira has suffered an injury that rules him out of the Uganda Cranes tie Credit: The Times of Rwanda
  • Saturday August 19, 2017
  • Rwanda Vs Uganda – Regional stadium, Nyamirambo
  • (Uganda lead 3-0 from the first leg)
[/media-credit] Action between Rwanda and Morocco on Friday at Amahoro National stadium Credit: NewTimes

In a bid to overturn the 3-0 deficit against Uganda, Rwanda’s Amavubi have been boosted by the striker Ernest Sugira.

The New APR FC signing from DR Congo’s AS Vita was part of the squad that trained on Monday ahead of the return leg against The Cranes due on Saturday at Regional stadium, Nyamirambo.

Although his availability will depend on whether his ITC arrives in time, Sugira who was a hit in the 2016 Chan finals in Rwanda says overturning a 3-0 goal haul is tough but not impossible.

“We have a very difficult job to do because it is not easy to score three goals, but it’s not impossible,” he told The Times of Rwanda. “We will have to give our best to win in-front of our fans,” he added.

Meanwhile, Coach Antoine Hey hopes his charges give a better performance on a much better playing surface revealing the pitch at Kitende didn’t help matters in regards to his side’s playing style.

The second leg will be different with a better surface. We lost 3-0 but we can do much better at our home ground. The playing surface (St Mary’s Kitende Stadium) was so bad; we could not play our normal game.

Rwanda will miss the services of center-back Aimable Rucogoza and striker Bernabe Mubumbyi for the second leg after they both received second yellow cards on Saturday.

But first choice goalkeeper, Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye will be back in action after missing the first game through suspension.

The third round winners will qualify to represent the East and Central African Zone at next year’s finals tournament, alongside hosts Kenya.

Amavubi provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye, Marcel Nzarora and Yves Kimenyi.

Defenders: Aimable Nsabimana, Thierry Manzi, Soter Kayumba, Latif Bishira, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Jean Marie Vianney Muvandimwe, Ange Mutsinzi and Eric Iradukunda.

Midfielders: Yannick Mukunzi, Djihad Bizimana, Olivier Niyonzima, Amran Nshimiyimana and Kevin Muhire.

Forwards: Dominique Savio Nshuti, Innocent Nshuti, Ernest Sugira, Gilbert Mugisha and Christophe ‘Abeddy’ Biramahire.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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