Egypt/Rwanda: Rwanda Succumb to Egypt in Kigali

Rwanda succumbed to a lone goal defeat at home to Egypt in their Second Round first leg clash on Sunday in Kigali.

A goal from Taher Mohamed Ahmed five minutes after the break made the difference to give the Egyptians an advantage ahead of the second leg in three weeks in Cairo.

The Junior Wasps who were missing injured first choice striker Blaise Itangishaka and defender Aman Niyonkuru due to suspension managed to hold the visitors but struggled to find the back of net.

The host had three clear-cut chances to take the lead or draw even but attempts from skipper Savio Nshuti Dominique, Biramahire Abeddy and Djabel Manishimwe went off target.

Goalkeeper Bonheur Hategikimana was at his best with some good saves to deny Egyptian duo Mohamed Essam and Ahmad Hamdy Husan in the first half.

At the start of the second half, Egypt benefitted from a counter attack inspired by Akram Tawfik who laid a long pass to Taher Mohamed Ahmed, who dribbled past Aimable Nsabimana before slotting past Hategikimana for the only goal.

The Junior Wasps’ search for the equalizer was fruitless despite Savio and Djabel having decent chances at goal.

The winner of the tie will face either Angola or Gabon at the final round of the qualifiers that will give birth to seven teams to join host Zambia for the final tournament from 26 February to 12 March 2017.

Source: Confederation of African Football