Rwanda: How Far Can Rwanda Go At Rescheduled CHAN 2020?
All eyes are currently on the national football group, Amavubi, as they get ready for the much anticipated 6th edition of African Nations Championships (CHAN).
The three-week showpiece will happen in Cameroon from January 16 to February 7 after it was rescheduled from April 4-25 last year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Head coach Vincent Mashami’s side, that makes its 4th look – and 3rd in a row – in the competition, play their opening Group C video game versus regional competitors Uganda on January 18 at Stade de la Reunification, Douala, prior to facing holders Morocco on January 22 and debutants Togo on January 26.
Rwanda’s finest efficiency in the tournament remained in 2016 when the hosts, who were under coach Jonny McKinstry, got knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners DR Congo in the last 8.
Times Sports spoke with various individuals who shared their predictions on how far the nationwide team can reach in the competition. Nevertheless previous players and coaches of the nationwide team declined to share their views about the group’s fortunes in the competitors.
Clarisse Uwimana, Sports Journalist
The group that Mashami picked consists of lots of quality players. He has essential players at his disposal like Jacques Tuyisenge and Emery Bayisenge who got the chance to play abroad and will add valuable experience.
Nevertheless, the national team needs to have played more friendlies to prepare for the competition and the coach doesn’t appear to have a consistent first eleven.
It won’t be easy to receive the last eight when you take a look at their opponents considered that we will be playing versus ruling champions Morocco and in-form Uganda.
Yves Bucyana, Sports Reporter
Personally, I think the national team will merely comprise the numbers in Cameroon because you can’t expect good outcomes from a group which only gets ready for tournaments rather of having appropriate structures that feed into the national team from the grassroots level.
The best our gamers can do is to play with patriotism to prevent embarrassing beats from our challengers. But to be honest, I do not see them progressing from the group stages.
The statistics do not lie, take a look at the quick development other teams are making and compare to ours.
Fabiola Umutesi, a football fan
Everybody who closely follows the nationwide team is stressed by their present type. It is easy for us, fans, to predict how far a team that lost warm-up games versus Congo Brazaville can enter CHAN.
Honestly, just a couple of still think Rwanda can string a couple of wins in Cameroon, I won’t be surprised if their journey ends at the group phases.
Obviously, I wish our boys the very best but they should bear in mind that winning away from house is the very best they can do for us to increase our faith in them.
Patrick Gakumba, Football agent
When you compare our team to its challengers on paper, it is difficult to see them winning any matches.
But it is possible for them to surprise everybody and get out of the group phases.
Yes, the efficiencies have actually not been outstanding but I am confident coach Mashami can turn things around and surprise challengers. He has a group efficient in a minimum of making it through to the quarter-finals.
Smart Kazungu, Sports analyst
Rwandan coaches have a huge problem of enforcing a protective system in their teams and that is impacting the nationwide group’s performances.
We have quality players in all departments and a number of them have experience ininternational games. It depends on the coach to know how to play them.
If he maintains a protective game, I hesitate we might lose all group matches and leave of the tournament so early.
However, on the other hand, he informs players to open up and be expansive then the team have the ability to surprise our challengers.
Our gamers do not have a factor to fear any group in the competition since many national teams that are typically tough to beat at other competitions aren’t the exact same at CHAN since they can’t depend on foreign players. Rwanda must for that reason take advantage of that.