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Mauritius Hosts Rejuvenated Rwanda

Posted: Mar 26, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mauritius will be eyeing its second 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win when it hosts Rwanda at the Stade Anjalay in Belle Vue Maurel on Saturday. Kick-off is at 14h00 (CAT).
Les Dodos managed to hold Kenya to a goalless draw in their last competitive game away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) first round second-leg clash in October 2015.
However, Mauritius had suffered a 5-2 defeat to the Harambee Stars of Kenya at home in the first-leg. Andy Sophie and Jonathan Bru scored for the home side.
French-Mauritian midfielder Kevin Bru has been included in the Les Dodos squad that will take on Rwanda this weekend by the head coach Joe Tshupula.
The 27-year-old central midfielder, who is currently in the books of English Championship side Ipswich Town, is a former France U-19 international.
Despite losing 7-1 to Ghana in their first Group H game away, Mauritius bounced back and shocked Mozambique 1-0 at home – thanks to Fabien Pithia’s goal.
Les Dodos is placed third on the qualification Group standings with three points. A win over Rwanda will see it move to the second spot.
Meanwhile, Rwanda will be out to cement its second spot on Saturday afternoon.
Amavubi was knocked out of the 2016 African Nations Championships (CHAN) quarter-finals by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The tournament hosts lost 2-1 on extra-time.
The East African side was also beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Libya in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) second round in November 2015.
Having been boosted by the arrival of six of its professional players in camp this week, Amavubi head coach Johnny McKinstry also inked a two-year extension.
Europe-based Saloman Nirisarike, Quentin Rushenguziminega and Elias Uzamukunda have been deemed fit ahead of the clash with Mauritius.
Rwanda is currently placed second on Group H standings – having beaten Mozambique 1-0 away and suffered a 1-0 home defeat to group leaders Ghana – which is on nine points.
The return leg will be played at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Tuesday afternoon.