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2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification: The Rwandan National Football Team starts the phase II on a home parity score.

The clash between the Rwanda National Football Team AMAVUBI and the Silly National of Guinea Conakry at the Kigali Stadium in the afternoon of Tuesday 16 October 2018 ended in a draw of 1 goal.

This equalizer comes after 3 consecutive defeats on all 3 matches of the phase I by Central Africa Republic, Ivory Cost and Guinea Conakry last Friday.

However, this episode could mark a new beginning for more positive results on the rest of this qualifying competition of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 edition which will be played in Cameroon, and in other following competitions on a constancy basis. By then we have following 5 talking points:

1. Win remaining matches: the team must win the remaining 2 games meaning Central Africa Republic at home and Ivory Coast away or at least stand for an equalizer with the latter team.

2. Believing in the team: fans must believe in their team and encourage it as hard as possible; not give in to pessimism. As matter of fact, the Amavubi’s current teams brims with confidence though we must not forget that they are together only since the beginning of the competition. Frankly, the defeat against the Ivory Coast did not really reflect the face of the match. Likewise, the score of the match against Guinea could have been different had the center forward Meddy Kagere materialized his chance on the 93th  minute of the game, not  mentioning the painful defeat on 11 June 2017 in Bangui at the spire of additional time on the first day of this competition.

3. Give time and support to the coach: there is an imperative need to provide the head coach Vincent Mashami and his technical staff with time and support to prepare physically, technically and morally this team. We cannot judge someone over 3 to 4 games only and again with what opponents! Do not we know only a few months ago when he started his job that the team had just spent a long time without being involved in any competition?

4. Players should work hard: Except for a few chances, victories are deserved. The development of our players and their individual efforts must lead them to play at the top level in top clubs. This is not the privilege of the privileged and today the matches are broadcast via international television channels such as Canal + Sport, Super Sport, etc. This offers players more opportunities than ever to be noticed and reassures against the complex of playing against players who play in top clubs.

 5. The football federation board to insure the sustainability: Most of these players are from the generation of those who participated in the Under-17 World Cup finals in 2011 in Mexico, having finished second in the 2011 African U-17 Championship on home soil, one of the most promising group we have ever known in our football history. So who will succeed with this current team under Coach Richard Tardy era? A call for a more consistent home-grown players development!

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