A late second half goal from Salif Keita handed Central Africa Republic a 2-1 win over Rwanda in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Group H qualifier at the Stade Barthelemy Boganda in Bangui on Sunday.
The win sees CAR’s Afcon 2019 qualifying campaign off to a positive start with one win from as many matches as they occupy second spot in Group H with three points.
Guinea top the group, also with three points, after beating Cote d’Ivoire 3-2 on Saturday.
Rwanda are third in the group with zero points, followed by Cote d’Ivoire also on zero points but with an inferior goal difference.
At the at the Stade Barthelemy Boganda on Sunday the home side controlled the majority of possession in the opening half, but their decision making in the final third was poor which resulted in very few chances in front of goal.
Rwanda, on the other hand, saw very little of the ball in the first stanza and spent most of the half defending which saw the game enter the break locked at 0-0.
Three minutes into the second half, however, the deadlock was broken when Junior Gourrier found the back of the net for CAR, 1-0.
Rwanda tried to get back into the game after that, but they lacked attacking prowess and squandered good scoring opportunities.
Still, Rwanda pressed forward and manged to find an equaliser in the first minute of injury time courtesy of a strike from Ernest Sugira, 1-1.
The game looked to be heading for a draw, but Salif Keita had other ideas – scoring the winner for CAR in the 93rd minute, 2-1.
The next Afcon 2019 qualifiers are only in March 2018 when Rwanda will host Cote d’Ivoire while CAR will head to Guinea.