Why Coach has to come up with some tactically, technical solutions ahead of CHAN


The Rwandan poor performance at the start of the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge tournament has raised more worries ahead of the CHAN 2018 Games to be held in Morocco next year.

Under Coach Jonathan McKinstry, the ‘Wasps’ proved it all when they reached the CHAN quarters finals for the first time as hosts in 2016; the reason was that the Northern Irishman had prepared well,  assembled as the potent squad, brought calm and introduced confidence in the team ahead of the tournament.

Two years ago, Rwanda reached the final of the CECAFA Senior Cup in Ethiopia, unfortunately, lost the trophy to all-time winners Uganda, Cranes.

Apparently, quite a few eyebrows have been raised given the performance of Amavubi Stars at the on-going CECAFA Cup.

The results are not going in Amavubi’s way; the team has suffered two defeats losing to host Kenya (2-0) as well as Zanzibar (3-1).

With two remaining Group fixtures against Libya and Tanzania, the team must recover by winning the two fixtures, otherwise, that will be all in CECAFA this year which then raises tactical and technical questions to address too, and many of them ahead of Morocco.

As always in football, the coach takes the blame for the despair and currently, most fans are not contented with Heys work update.

Just before the CECAFA campaign, Hey was quick to point out that he is eyeing a good performance in Kenya.

Well, what this shows is that football has gone scientific and it takes a sophisticated coach to find the winning formula since the chips are down.

A closer look at the attacking force reveals that there is a problem of verve strikers who can put the ball behind the net.

Last year’s front duo of Ernest Sugira and Jacques Tuyisenge were able to negotiate ways around the opponent’s defense.

I believe the same issue is fretting Hey, indeed, several of these challenges also come down to bad luck, Sugira is nursing a long-term injury that alone will take time for the striker to find form.

On the other hand, not much is expected from him when he is out of injury when the team heads to Morocco because he’s star already seems to have faded having left DRC as a free agent signed on lucrative transfer record of US$130,000 (Rwf100m).

It is prudent that the team is missing a player to wear the No9 shirt. A No9 which is still often carried on the back of one of the team’s main goal scorers.

He might have scored an important goal against Ethiopia, but Police FC striker Abeddy Biramahire needs to gain more exposure and experience at the national level.

That aside, his partnership with teammate Justin Mico has failed to create an impact, certainly not enough to step up to the plate. Both APR strikers Maxime Sekama and Innocent Nshuti are also gambling in Kenya.

Going forward, the game that Coach Hey wants to play requires a traditional striker, out of the four strikers in CECAFA squad none has even scored a single goal between them in the domestic league.

Meanwhile, a closer look at the midfield department reveals it is not that so bad, going at least by the performance of Djihad Bizimana, Hakizimana Muhadjiri, Yannick Mukunzi or Djabel Manishimwe and Olivier Niyonzima.

The defense is shaky having witnessed the lack of serenity and confidence; there is the absence of composure among the defenders. Above and beyond, efforts can still come to be naught in such department.

So if we are going to make it out of the group stages in CHAN, they need a potent attack, steady defense to avoid losing games and failing to score.

Ideally, the CHAN Group C fixture list that includes: the likes of Nigeria, Libya, and Equatorial Guinee won’t do us any injustice.

In a nutshell, if the Amavubi have any inspirations of performing well in CHAN the Coach has to come up with some tactically and technical solutions ahead of CHAN.


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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) 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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