Rwanda reached the final round of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifiers despite a barren draw with Tanzania on Saturday in Kigali.
Amavubi advanced on the away goal rule after playing out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture last week away in the Tanzania port city of Mwanza.
Tanzania dominated the proceedings in the first half creating numerous scoring chances but couldnot break through the homers defence, who came into the game knowing a scoreless draw would see them through.
Forwards Saimon Msuva, Hamid Mao and John Bocco all had opportunities to put the visitors in the lead but failed to beat Amavubi goalkeeper and captain, Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye.
Right back Eric Iradukunda got a rare opportunity to put the host ahead when he was left one on one with Taifa Stars goalkeeper Aisha Manula, but fail to connect home.
Rwanda came back from the break the more aggressive side, piling pressure on Tanzania in their quest to break the deadlock.
Bocco continued to cause all sorts of problems for the Amavubi defence built around Thierry Manzi, Aimable Rucogoza and Aimable Nsabimana, who held on to ensure qualification.
I am pleased with the performance and happy that we have qualified to the next round, Rwanda coach Antoine Hey told the media.
Amavubi will face the Cranes of Uganda, who South Sudan 5-1 in Kampala at the final round.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)