[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]

AFCON 2017: Rwanda face 1-0 away loss to Mauritius. (26 Mar 2016).

Amavubi Starting Eleven [Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]Amavubi Starting Eleven.    (Pic: © www.XtraTimeSports.net)

Rwanda suffered a setback in their campaign to qualify for 2017 Africa Nations’ Cup finals following a slim 1-0 loss to Mauritius on Saturday at the Anjalay Stadium in Belle Vue.

Rwanda dominated ball possession in the away fixture (played at Anjalay Stadium in Belle Vue, Mauritius) and in the first half had good chances with Captain Haruna Niyonzima and Jean Claude Iranzi coming close in the penalty box.

However, in the second half, Mauritian defender Francis Rasolofonirina converted a corner putting the hosts 1-0 ahead at the 58th minute.    


Quentin RUSHENGUZIMINEGA [Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net] Quentin RUSHENGUZIMINEGA applies pressure.    (Pic: © www.XtraTimeSports.net)

Mauritius played deep into their half to defend their lead.  

The Amavubi applied repeated pressure in the final 30 minutes, coming closest with a shot from Quentin RUSHENGUZIMINEGA which the Mauritian keeper had to scramble frantically to prevent it spilling over the goal line.   The game finished 1-0.


The Amavubi team arrived back in Kigali on Sunday morning and will continue their preparations for their home match against Mauritius, scheduled for Tuesday 29 March in Kigali.


Source: Adapted from Ferwafa.rw (Bonnie Mugabe)




Post-match interview with Coach McKinstry.

Speaking after the game Coach McKinstry said:

“Everyone is very disappointed with today’s (Saturday) result. We have to be honest and say the performance simply wasn’t good enough,”

“Mauritius did not surprise us with their approach to the game. They played exactly the way we expected and we knew that the key to causing them problems was to play at high intensity. Unfortunately, it took Mauritius to score for our players to move out of third gear, and into fifth. I have made clear to Players that this is not good enough, and they are under no illusions about what is required going forward,”

“We do however have an opportunity to recover from this disappointment, when we face Mauritius again on Tuesday in Kigali. The players know that better is expected of them not only by the technical staff and I, but also from each other” 


Coach McKinstry[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net] Coach McKinstry & technical team.    (Pic: © www.XtraTimeSports.net)




Rwanda Team


1 Jean Luc NDAYISHIMIYE (Rayon)
13 Fitina OMBORENGA (SC Kiyovu)
3 Abouba SIBOMANA (Gor Mahia)
17 Salomon NIRISARIKE (Saint Truiden)
7 Jean Baptista MUGIRANEZA (Azam FC)
8 Haruna NIYONZIMA (Yanga)
12 Jean Claude IRANZI (APR FC)
11 Savio Dominique NSHUTI (Rayon) 
14 Yussufu HABIMANA (Mukura VS)
9 Elias UZAMUKUNDA (Le Mans)

18 Marcel NZARORA (Police FC)
4 Celestin NDAYISHIMIYE (Mukura VS)
  Soter KAYUMBA (AS Kigali)
6 Yannick MUKUNZI (APR FC)
15 Muhadjiri HAKIZIMANA (Mukura VS)
10 Quentin Kwame RUSHENGUZIMINEGA (Lausanne Sport) 
16 Ernest SUGIRA (AS Kigali)


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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach, with a number of successes across his 20+ year career to date.    He is currently Head Coach of the Gambia National Team and Head Coach of Gor Mahia FC in Kenya (2022-24) where he won two Kenya Premier League titles (2023-24, 2022-23), and the 2023-24 Kenya Charity Shield, returning the club to the top of Kenyan football.

As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, (2019 - 2021) he led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019 and delivered a win from 2 in every 3 games, going undefeated in 8 in evey 10 games.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.

He was Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within 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. 

Across 2013-14, he was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team. 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). 

He has also been Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).   

Coach McKinstry is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach and a member of Common Goal.

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  • McKinstry led the team to their highest ever placing in the FIFA world rankings. They broke into the top 50, ahead of his native Northern Ireland.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • McKinstry made an impressive start, losing just one of his first six matches and leading Sierra Leone into the top 50 of Fifa's world rankings, above Northern Ireland, the Republic, Cameroon and Senegal.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Under his management, the team played attractive football, scored goals and racked up some important results.

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