Rwanda through to CHAN 2017 after goalless draw with Ethiopia

Muha J.M.

Rwanda is through to the finals of the CHAN 2017 scheduled in Morocco next after a goalless draw against Ethiopia game which ended at Stade de Kigali Nyamirambia on Sunday.

Neither the Rwanda nor Ethiopia found the back of the net after squaring up in Kigali, as the second leg game concluded in full 90 minutes without a result.

Rwanda Ranked 118th globally went into the game with a 3-2 goal advantage having won the first leg played away a week ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Head coach Hey stated the game seeking a win as his side had a good chance to score in the second half against Ethiopia which is ranked 151 by Fifa but Justin Micho missed a clear opportunity in the half-hour against Ethiopia.

Ball possession in the first half was fairly equal, the hosts dominated the early second half and then later parts of the game, but even striker Abeddy Biramahire who scored in the first leg could not make a difference when he entered the field through the second half.

Biramahire failed to capitalize on two late attempts at goal, his attempt at goals – the first of only two in the second half by the Police FC striker, was fended off by Ethiopian goalkeeper, before Amavubi again had a go at the goals.

The draw was enough for Amavubi Head Coach to seal a place in next year’s continental championship when Morocco.

The Nations Championship draw will be held in Rabat on November 17, and the tournament in Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, and Tangier between January 12 and February 4, 2018.

The other qualifiers include: Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Guinea, Libya, Angola, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Ivory Coast,  and Zambia are the other qualified nations.

Amavubi Squad: Eric Ndayishimiye [C], Thierry Manzi, Soter Kayumba, Faustin Usengimana, Eric Iradukunda, Eric Rutanga, Yannick Mukunzi, Olivier Niyonzima, Djabel Manishimwe, Abeddy Biramahire and Justin Mico.


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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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