Johnathan McKinstry, coach of Rwanda during the Rwanda training session for the 2016 CHAN Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda on 15 January 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Wednesday Jan 20, 2016. 08:41
African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosts, Rwanda, have their eyes firmly set on a quarterfinal spot heading into the clash against Gabon at the Amahoro Stadium on Wednesday.
A solitary goal from Bayisenge Emery ensured the perfect 2016 CHAN start for the Amavubi - the strike securing a narrow 1-0 win over the Cote d’Ivoire in the opening game of the tournament.
The win was their first ever in CHAN competitions - Rwanda lost all three of their group games at the 2011 event in Sudan.
Head coach Johnny McKinstry was rightfully delighted with the result and believes it serves as a huge morale boost heading into the clash against Gabon and Morocco.
"I am very pleased with the result against a Cote d’Ivoire - full of pedigree. Its the first time we have picked up a win in a CHAN competition and that definitely gives the players morale ahead of the next two crucial games," McKinstry said.
The Panthers will need nothing but a win following their goalless draw against Morocco in their Group A opener this past weekend.
Having reached the final eight in South Africa two years ago, Stéphane Bounguendz is eager for Gabon to go a few steps further this time around, as they start to think about the African Cup of Nations on home soil in a years time.
Kick-off is Kigali is scheduled for 15h00.