CHAN 2016: Rwanda and Coach McKinstry win the flagship opening match in front of 30,000 at the Amahoro, Kigali (16 Jan 2016).
Rwanda have defeated the Ivory Coast 1-0 in the CHAN 2016 tournament opener at a packed Amahoro stadium in Kigali.
Watched by President Paul Kagame, invited guests, and a crowd of 30,000, the Amavubi opened the game well, applying pressure and with a number of attempts on goal.
At 15 minutes, Ivorian defender Gbagnon Badie fouled Jean-Claude IRANZI (12) at the edge of the penalty area. Rwanda took advantage of the resulting free kick and moved ahead following a direct strike on goal from defender Emery BAYISENGE (8).
The Amavubi played controlling football for the remainder of the half, seeing a 1-0 score line at half time.
The Ivory Coast emerged for the second half knowing they would need to apply considerable pressure to overturn the score line.
Rwanda were however awarded a penalty at the 1 hour mark when captain Jacques TUYISENGE (9) was brought down by the Ivorian defence as he waited in the box to receive a corner.
It was however not to be when Emery BAYISENGE's strike was saved by ‘Les Elephants’ goalkeeper Ali Badra Sangare.
Buoyed by the save, the Ivorian's applied increasing pressure, forcing the Amavubi defence to work. The best the Ivory Coast could manage however came at 89 minutes when a volley from Guiza Djedje hit the upright.
The win for the Amavubi placed them at the top of Group A with 3 points.
Rwanda now face on Gabon on Wednesday 20th January in the second fixture of Group A at the Amahoro Stadium, Kigali.
'Man of the Match'
Amavubi Defender Emery BAYISENGE (8) was voted Man of the Match.
Eric NDAYISHIMIYE (1)
Michel RUSHESHANGOGA (2)
Post Match Interview with Coach McKinstry
We hear from Coach McKinstry and goalscorer & 'Man of the Match' Emery Bayisenge on their opening CHAN 2016 win against Ivory Coast.
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Match highlights (3:22) courtesy of CAF TV
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About Coach McKinstry
Johnny McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach. He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team from March 2015 - August 2016. Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts.
He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team from April 2013 - September 2014. Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014). From Jan 2010 - Dec 2014 he set up and developed the Craig Bellamy Elite Soccer Academy in Sierra Leone - placing elite young players in Europe, Asia and North America. He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach.
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