Big win against DR Congo in first-leg tie is crucial – Nshuti

Dominique Savio Nshuti has urged his Amavubi U23 teammates to look for goals, and at the same time avoid to concede when they host DR Congo at Umuganda Stadium next week. File photo.

November 14

Rwanda U23  Vs  DR Congo U23

RWANDA’S U23 football team captain, Dominique Savio Nshuti, has appealed to fans to turn up in big numbers when the team take on DR Congo in the first round of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week at Umuganda Stadium.

Jimmy Mulisa’s side will host their counterparts of DR Congo in the first-leg on November 14 at Umuganda Stadium, a week before the latter welcomes the Olympic Amavubi contingent to Kinshaka in the return-leg clash.

Nshuti, also a former captain for the national U17 and U20 teams, has urged his teammates to take the first-leg as a do-or-die affair, and challenged them to look for “not just a win, but, an emphatic win” as they expect a hostile atmosphere in the second-leg.

“We are the new generation, a group of young players who have played together – or against each other – for the last few years. The talent and determination to deliver is there, we should score as many goals as possible and avoid conceding”, Nshuti said on Wednesday.

The Rwanda U23 coach Jimmy Mulisa is confident that his side can eliminate neighbours DR Congo. “We want to win with a big margin in the first-leg so we can travel to Kinshasa for the second-leg game with good cushion. Almost all the boys played together in the U17 and U20 national teams and there is a great sense of responsibility and teamwork amongst players – qualifying for the AFCON U23 finals tournament is possible,” noted Mulisa.

By press time, four foreign-based players had already jetted in ahead of the team’s final residential camp that starts Thursday at Gorilla Hotel in Rubavu District.

The four players include; Samuel Gueulette (KAA Gent, Belgium), India-based central defender Aimable Nsabimana, and Tunisia-based duo of Innocent Nshuti (Stade Tunisien) and Abeddy Biramahire (CS Sfaxien).

The winner between Rwanda and DR Congo will face Morocco in the second round Virgire which will be played in March next year.

The third edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations is scheduled for November 8-22, 2019 in Egypt.

The tournament will determine three African teams that will represent the continent at the 2020 Summer Olympics men’s football tournament in Japan.

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