Antoine Hey using CECAFA to prepare for CHAN 2018

Antoine Hey using CECAFA to prepare for CHAN 2018
Rwanda coach Antoine Hey

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Dec 07, 2017. 17:00

Rwanda coach Antoine Hey says his team is not yet ready to participate at the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships in Morocco.

He said the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge tournament is an opportunity for them to get their preparations on track.

Despite suffering back-to-back losses at the CECAFA, the Amavubi manager says he is not disappointed, pointing out his biggest target is to prepare for CHAN.

"It is never a good thing for anyone to lose but to me what is more important is to give these young players a chance to develop,” said Hey to Capital FM

“This is the best opportunity for them to learn because in the event we have injuries or suspensions for big matches, it is never the right opportunity to give them (young players) game time.

"It was a good test to our players because some of them are playing their first match on the international level. It is a learning process to get players ready for CHAN and see what options we have.

“The loss gave us good insight on what players we can count on and which ones need more time."

Rwanda qualified for next year's CHAN in Morocco after beating Ethiopia in a two-legged play off, and the Amavubi hosted the last CHAN in 2016 where they lost to eventual champions DR Congo in the quarterfinals.

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