By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Amavubi Stars of Rwanda recorded their first win of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to qualify for the quarter-final of the tournament after a 3-2 win over hawks of Togo at Stade Omnisports, Limbe, Cameroon.
Rwanda’s Manzi Thierry was stretched off the pitch in the sixth minute after a knock. He was replaced by Bayisenge Emery.
The first real chance of the game came in the ninth minute when Rwanda’s Olivier Niyonzima headed a free-kick over the bar.
Four minutes later, Kokouvi Amekoudi of Togo saw his long-range effort also going over the bar.
In the 19th minute, Lague Byiringiro moved past three Togolese defenders, but his cross to the captain, Tuyisenge Jacques was played over the bar.
At the half-hour mark, Lague Byiringiro saw his long-range shot spilled over by Abdoul-Moubarak Aigba in goal for Togo.
Togo scored the opening goal of the game in the 38th minute when Abdou-Samiou Tchatakora sends a through pass to the captain, Yendoutie Nane in the Rwandan box. Nane converted the chance to give the Hawks the lead.
In the additional minutes of the first half, Bayisenge Emery’s free-kick was headed in by Lague Byiringiro for the equaliser for Rwanda.
In the 58th minute, Togo restored their one-goal lead when Ismail Ouro-Agoro’s cross met captain, Yendoutie Nane who converted for the hawk.
Immediately after the restart, Rwanda leveled the score-line for the second time when captain, Tuyisenge Jacques equalised for the Amavubi Stars.
The Amavubi Stars took the lead for the first time in the game when Ernest Sugira capitalised on Togolese defensive mistake in the 65th minute to put his side ahead.
In the 76th minute, Ismail Ouro-Agoro’s shot in the box was punched for a corner kick by Olivier Kwizera.
Togo came close to equalising in the 81st minute when Abdou-Samiou Tchatakora’s effort was acrobatically punched to hit the bar by Olivier Kwizera.
Rwanda with five points qualified for the quarter-final in the second position in Group C, two points behind group leaders and defending Champions, Morocco.
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