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CHAN Morocco 2018: Rwanda to face Sudan & Algeria in build-up

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Kigali: As part of preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals that will be held in Morocco from January 12 to February 4, 2018, Rwanda will play two friendly matches against Sudan and Algeria in Tunisia respectively.

Amavubi will hold a ten-day training camp, play two friendlies against Sudan on January 6, 2018 and Algeria on January 10, 2018 in Tunisia before connecting to Morocco.

The Amavubi head coach, Antoine Hey told that the two friendly matches will play a pivotal role in preparing the national team ahead of the final CHAN tournament.

He said, “It is very important to give most of our Players playing time. As usual in friendly matches, we have six substitution and I will all use them.

“We have seen at Cecafa that it is a big step from the local League into international football so its important for our Players to get into match fitness early,” added Coach Hey.

Rwanda CHAN delegation will depart to Tunisia on New Year to start intensive preparations ahead of their Group C encounter set to kick-off in Tangier, Morocco on January 15, 2018. Amavubi will battle it out against 2017 winners Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea respectively.

Group B, which is the closest thing to the group of death, comprises Ivory Coast, Zambia, Uganda and Namibia; they will play the group matches in Marrakech.

Group D has Angola, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Congo Brazzaville, the games will be staged in Agadir.

Rwanda qualified for CHAN 2018 after beating Ethiopia 3-2 on goal aggregate in two legs. This is the country’s third appearance at CHAN finals since its inception in 2009.

CHAN is a competition which gathers exclusively players featuring in the national championships of their respective countries.

Rwanda took part in the 2011 edition held in Sudan, managing a group stage finish before hosting the 2016 edition where they reached the quarter final round, losing to eventual winners DR Congo.

However, DR Congo will not be able to defend their title as they lost the qualification bid to Congo Brazzaville. (End)


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