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Rwanda have received a huge boost after two of their star players recovered from injuries ahead of their African Nations Championship quarter-final clash against Guinea.
The Amavubi will face the Syli Nationale in their last-eight encounter at Limbe Stadium after making it out of Group C.
Ahead of the match, Amavubi have confirmed the return of Eric Zidane Nsabimana and Bertrand Iradukunda with coach Vincent Mashami saying it will help his team reach their target of qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in history.
“I am so happy that Iradukunda and Nsabimana are back from injury,” Mashami said, “It means that now we will have more options in midfield.”
However, the team will miss the services of centre-back Thierry Manzi due to respiratory problems and Emery Bayisenge is expected to replace him.
Following a stunning 3-2 win over Togo that sealed Rwanda a spot into the knockouts on Tuesday, Mashami is ‘aware of the challenge’ in hand and optimistic about his side’s chances.
“Tuesday’s victory gave us confidence; we will go into the match [against Guinea] with a mission to win. We are aware of the challenge, but I believe we can proceed to the next round,” Mashami.
In an earlier interview, Mashami explained why they deserved a place in the quarter-finals.
Rwanda did not have adequate time to prepare for the tournament given the challenges that were caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The tactician ended up selecting a squad dominated by players from AS Kigali and APR who reported late as they had club assignments in the Caf Confederation Cup and in the Champions League.
“Despite the challenges we have had in the league at home due to Covid-19, we have worked very hard with the players and we deserve to be in the knockout stage,” Mashami said as quoted by Caf Online.