The Sports and Culture minister Julienne Uwacu has urged Amavubi to aim for a positive result against Central African Republic when the two face off in their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday in Bangui.
The minister made the call on Wednesday when she visited the team’s training camp at Amahoro National Stadium. She asked the players to make their country proud with a win.
“We want you to get a good result in the Central African Republic and we know it is possible to win the match. What we ask of you is to make us proud,” Uwacu told the players after Wednesday’s training session.
Uwacu urged the national team to be focused. “You have played against top teams in Africa so you have the experience to shine.”
She reminded the players that what they need now is to be focused, adding that the country will fully support them. “This is the time to make every Rwandan proud, and we all believe that you have the ability to return home with victory,” she noted.
Rwanda is drawn in Group H for AFCON 2019 along with Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Central African Republic. Amavubi will face Central Africa Republic a day before Côte d’Ivoire host Guinea in Abidjan.
The remaining matches will be staged between March and November 2018. The winner of each group, alongside the best three second placed teams, will qualify for the finals tournament in Cameroon.
The hosts will also be part of the qualifiers in Group B along with Comoros, Malawi and Morocco.