Moussa Doumbia of Mali challenged by Denis Iguma of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Uganda and Mali at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 13:45
Rwanda are facing an uphill battle as they want to reverse the score ahead of their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship, second leg qualifier against Uganda.
The Amavubi are under pressure having lost the opening leg 3-0 in Kampala, but will now bank on their home ground advantage to overturn the scoreline.
As hosts, their mission is to score more than three goals and ensure they close the back door to maximise their chances of reaching the tournament which they hosted in 2016.
Coach Antoine Hey is aware of a daunting task ahead of him and his troops, but will also urge their supporters to rally behind the side.
Uganda coach Moses Basena must push his men to remain disciplined and hungry to score goals away in Kigali on match day.
Netting three goals has put one leg at the tournament for the Cranes, but the job is not done yet as they face a wounded animal at home.
A brace from Kampala Capital City Authority's midfielder, Muzamiru Mutyaba and a goal from Derrick Nsibambi wrapped up the business for Basena's side last weekend.
“This is just the first half of the two matches. The second and most decisive match will be played in Kigali next week,” said Basena.
“I therefore call upon the players to stay focused because it is work half done.
“We could have scored more than the goals we finished with. Well, we created the chances but there is need to be more clinical in front of goal.”
The match will be staged Stade Régional de Nyamirambo in Kigali with kick-off at 15:30 (CAT).