Individual errors cost us, says McKinstry

Rwanda national team head coach Johnny McKinstry has said individual errors cost Amavubi Stars in the 3-1 home loss to Libya in the 2018 World Cup Russia qualifiers on Tuesday at Kigali Regional Stadium.
Amavubi head coach Johnny McKinstry ,speaks to Haruna Niyonzima  the team captain in the second half of the game.(All photos by Timothy .Kisambira)
Amavubi head coach Johnny McKinstry ,speaks to Haruna Niyonzima the team captain in the second half of the game.(All photos by Timothy .Kisambira)

Tuesday

2nd round: Second leg

 

Rwanda                    1-3             Libya (Agg 1-4)

 

Cameroon                 0 - 0            Niger

 

Congo                      2 - 1            Ethiopia

Ghana                      2 - 0            Comoros

Nigeria                     2 - 0            Swaziland

Cape Verde              2 - 0               Kenya

Rwanda national team head coach Johnny McKinstry has said individual errors cost Amavubi Stars in the 3-1 home loss to Libya in the 2018 World Cup Russia qualifiers on Tuesday at Kigali Regional Stadium.

Libya dominated Rwanda over the two legs to advance to the group stages on 4-1 on aggregate, having won the first leg 1-0 on Friday in Sousse, Tunisia.

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Amavubi fans watch from the stands at Nyamirambo Regional Stadium as their team losses to Libya. They booed the team as the game ended.

Mohamed Elmonir scored a brace in the 28th and 88th minutes while Mohamed Ghanudi grabbed the other in the 48thminute. Amavubi’s consolation goal was scored by Jacques Tuyisenge on the stroke of half time to make it 1-1.

"They deserved to go through because they have shown in the two games that they’re a bit more organised. In both games, we made individual errors which cost us," McKinstry, whose team has now lost six in a row in a space of just over two months, said after the game.

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Amavubi forward, Jacques Tuyisenge who scored the consolation goal,beats a libya’s defender. Amavubi lost 3-1.

He added that, "We are already looking forward to the next game in CECAFA (regional championships) in Ethiopia."

"We lacked a killer instinct in front of Libya’s goal but we have to work hard with our strikers, who are honestly trying but sometimes they are not getting enough chances," the Northern Irishman noted.

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Libya’s defender Mansur Elborki dribbles the ball before he passes it on to his teammate. 

Over the last few months, Rwanda has lost to Ghana 1-0, Gabon 1-0, Burkina Faso CHAN side 1-0, Tunisia U-23 1-0 as well as Libya (twice).

With this victory, the Mediterranean Knights revenged their 3-0 loss at the hands of Amavubi at the same venue last year in the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers.

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Amavubi head coach, Johnny McKinstry picks a bottle of water to drink as his team losses to Libya at Nyamirambo Regional Stadium.

Libya will join 19 other winners from the second round in the group stage which will pit four teams in five groups with the winners automatically qualifying for the 2018 Fifa World Cup that will be held in Russia.

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Abduimuen Khumas of Libya (L) together with Amavubi captain Haruna Niyonzima fight for the ball.
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Amavubi captain Haruna Niyonzima dribbles the ball during their counter with Libya. Amavubi lost 3-1. 
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Amavubi National team pose in a group photo before the game started at Nyamirambo Regional Stadium.
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Libya's National team pose in a group photo before the kick off of the game at Nyamirambo Regional Stadium. 
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