By Charles Embola and
Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writers, kick442.com Cameroon
Rwanda coach, Vincent Mashami says the primary objective for his team at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon is to win the tournament.
The gaffer notwithstanding noted that they will have to overcome Guinea in their quarter-final game to achieve the dream of getting to the final.
Coach Vincent Mashami and captain Jacques Tuyisenge answered questions from journalists during pre-match press conference ahead of their quarter final clash with Guinea.
On the background and how far Rwanda intends to go:
«We are among the best 8 teams of 16 gives us the advantage and motivation to get to the finals. We have bridges to cross and we go against Guinea with all respect to them it will be a tough game. We prefer to take it to step by step while hoping to get to the finals and win the tournament.»
On the Guinean challenge
«The biggest challenge is that it is the quarterfinal game to last only 90 minutes. Like I said before we respect our opponents who have a coach who’s been here before. It’s not going to be easy for us but we intend to make it even harder for the Guineans.»
On the stress the knockout stages bring where mistakes send you home:
This is a new page and all the players know the importance of such games because within 90 minutes you know what you have to give because we talked about it everyday day and we are here to make it to the last first in the tournament. This depends on how we attack, defend in the complete discipline.
On anticipating penalties as last outcome.
In a situation like ours, we have to prepare for the eventualities so if it comes we shall go through it but we are counting more on the regular playtime and goals we could score.
On Rwanda strong points that could lead to victory:
I’m sorry I can’t expose my team for professional reasons but it was a good question.
The pressure is always there in this kind of job because you are fighting for your life, country, and family but all we do is handle the pressure and not let it get to the players so that their performance is not affected. All we do is motivate the players and ensure they deliver at thé lit optimal.
On président Paul Gagame taking interest in the team:
It’s always a pleasure and we are lucky to have our president to support, motivate and lead us. He is our number one supporter and that alone takes the pressure off our shoulders. We are thankful to him and we shall try to make him happy.
About Covid-19 in the Rwandan camp:
As commander in chief, I can’t release details but we are all safe and we thank the hotels for their measures put in place to make sure we play but remain healthy. We wish our rivals remain healthy too so that we all enjoy the tournament.
Rwanda captain, Jacques Tuyisenge expects a tough and interesting quarter-final fixture tomorrow.
On how he sees the Guineans ahead of tomorrow’s fixture:
I was very lucky to be part of the team that played against them and lost but we drew in Kigali. They are good but we also are good and it will be a good game tomorrow.
Rwanda finished second in Group C with five points after playing out goalless draws with Uganda and Morocco before defeating Togo.
Their quarter-final opponent, Syli Nationale of Guinea was Group D winners with a victory against Namibia and draws with Zambia and Tanzania.
A place in the semi-final awaits the winner of the clash between Guinea and Rwanda at Stade Omnisports, Limbe, Cameroon.
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