Rwanda to down war-torn Libya

Rwanda to down war-torn Libya

by BackPageTXT

Friday Nov 13, 2015. 09:47

Rwanda will be favourites to beat Libya when the two sides meet in a first-leg 2018 FIFA World Cup second round qualifier at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Friday.

The war-torn nation have taken the opening leg to Tunisia due to the political instability in their country.

With the reverse fixture in Kigali on Tuesday, the Amavubi will be aiming for a positive result away from home to make their home leg easier.

Rwanda ended a four year wait for an away victory when they defeated Mozambique 1-0 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June and Johnny McKinstry will be hoping for a similar result in the North African country.

Goal scoring has been a problem for Rwanda and McKinstry has warned his team that there will be limited chances for his side to find the back of the net at international level.

"We have some players that have been scoring goals this season, for example Isaie has scored five this season but during league games, the strikers get more chances domestically than at the international level," the Northern Ireland born mentor told

"Maybe they get four chances in a game and they score one goal but at the international level, they get one or two chances and you have to be able to convert them."

Rwanda currently occupy in 96th place on the latest FIFA world rankings while Libya lie in 113th.

The last time the two sides met was last year during the Afcon 2015 qualifiers.

Rwanda held Libya to a goalless draw in Tunisia before a Dady Birori hat-trick secured a 3-0 win on home soil - Birori was later suspended by CAF for two years after it was found that he previously played under a different identity.

Kick-off is at 3:30 pm (CAT).

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