Karekezi: Rwanda shouldn't underestimate Gabon

Karekezi: Rwanda shouldn't underestimate Gabon
Johnny McKinstry, head coach of Rwanda

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016. 12:30

Former Rwanda captain Olivier Karekezi has urged Amavubi players not to underestimate Gabon in their next 2016 African Championship Nations (CHAN) Group A game on Wednesday.

Amavubi as Rwanda's senior national team is affectionately known, caused an upset when they humbled Ivory Coast 1-0 in their Group A opener on Saturday afternoon.

Tournament hosts Rwanda will clash with Gabon at the Amahoro Stadium in Kgali as they look to book their place in the knockout stages of the continental competition.

“It is going to be tougher more than the first match because Gabon want to win the game to stay in the competition. Our players have to be more focused than they did against Ivory Coast,” Karekezi said.

“If we survive in this deadly group, which is possible, anything can happen for reminder of the tournament, but it will require every player to be at his best," he concluded.

Meanwhile, former Rwanda goalkeeper Eugene Murangwa stated that he was impressed by the maturity and tactical awareness showed by the Rwanda players against the Ivorians.

"We did it, well done boys! Very pleased and impressed by the boys maturity and tactical awareness. Winning with a score line of 1-0 from a goal scored in the first 20 minutes and in such big game is not an easy thing by all means," Murangwe said.

"Credit goes to Johnny McKinstry and his entire coaching staff. They have made us proud. Now, they need to focus on the next game,” he concluded.

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