Antoine Hey, coach of Rwanda during the CHAN Group C match between Nigeria and Rwanda on 15 January 2018 at Grand Stade de Tanger, Tanger Morocco Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Jan 25, 2018. 09:00
Rwanda head coach Antoine Hey cut a disappointed figure after a stoppage time goal saw Amavubi bow out of the 2018 African Nations Championship finals on Tuesday.
Libya narrowly defeated Rwanda 1-0 in the final Group C match against Libya at Grand Stade de Tanger in Morocco.
The victory pushed Amavubi to third place, while Libya advanced to the knockout round in second place, behind group leaders Nigeria, who beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in the other match.
“We need to be realistic. We were the last team to qualify for the tournament,” Hey said on The New Times of Rwanda.
“We had two big teams (Nigeria and Libya) on their knees. It would have been great if we had proceeded.
Amavubi played in their half for majority of the game and didn’t have a single shot on the Libyan goals.
“We are obviously very disappointed. My players tried everything they could. I have no complaints. It was unfortunate. It’s a learning curve for our team,” the German added.
Libya will face Congo-Brazzaville in a quarter-final clash in Agadir, Morocco on Sunday.