Rwanda desperate for first win over Group H leaders

Rwanda desperate for first win over Group H leaders
Guinea Team Picture Back; Naby Yattara, Fode Camara, Issiaga Sylla, Mohamed Yattara, Boubacar Fofana, Kevin Constant Front Row; Naby Keita, Ibrahima Traore, Ibrahima Conte, Baissama Sankoh and Abdoulaye Cisse during of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations match between Guinea and Mali at Mongomo Stadium, Equatorial Guinea on 28 January 2015 Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Monday Oct 15, 2018. 13:31

Rwanda will be desperate for their first win in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign when they host Guinea in a Group H match at the Stade Régional de Nyamirambo in Kigali on Tuesday.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 15h30.

Rwanda are bottom of Group H with zero points following three losses from as many matches, the most recent a 2-0 defeat to Guinea in a qualifier last week Friday. Their other Afcon qualifiers saw them lose 2-1 to both CAR and Ivory Coast.

Rwanda will certainly be looking for revenge against Guinea, but their international form suggests they will struggle having lost their last three matches.

In fact, Rwanda’s last victory on the international stage came back in January of this year when they beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in an African Nations Championship match.

In stark contrasts, Guinea have won all three of their 2019 Afcon qualifying games and top Group H with nine points. Their opening group match saw them earn an impressive 3-2 win over Ivory Coast which was followed up with a 1-0 win over CAR. Guinea’s most recent outing was the 2-0 vicotry over Rwanda thanks to goals from Francois Kamano and Ibrahima Cisse.

Guinea will not want to let up now and will be eager for victory over Rwanda to ensure they stay out of touch of Ivory Coast who are hot on their heels in second place in Group H.

The match between Rwanda and Guinea on Tuesday will be the third meeting between the two nations with the previous encounters resulting in one win for the latter and the other match ending in a draw.

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