Vincent Mashami: CHAN a perfect exposure to young players

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The Rwanda national team coach Vincent Mashami has said that playing at the 2020 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) gave his young team the best platform for exposure.

According to Mashami, his young players gained a lot of exposure, match practice and also showed that they can die-a-little for their nation although they lost at the quarters.

Rwanda lost 1-0 to Guinea at the Limbe Omisport Stadium on Sunday to miss the semis.

“We are building a team ahead of many other tournaments including the AFCON qualifiers,” Vincent Mashami said.

“Reaching CHAN quarterfinals has been a good platform for us,” he added.

However, he said although he is not happy that his team is out, he is proud of the players who proved a point.

“Against Guinea we were a bit unconfident with the ball, and the loss of our skipper Jacques Tuyisenge early to injury also forced us to change certain things.”

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“Although we did not win, I still believe in my team. Guinea were effective enough to take their chances,” Vincent Mashami added.

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Rwanda reached quarters at the 2020 CHAN

Cecafa best performers

Rwanda were the only team from East and Central region (CECAFA) to reach CHAN knockout stage.

Meanwhile, Uganda and Tanzania fell short as they failed to make it out of group stage.

This was Uganda’s fifth time to qualify for CHAN and have failed to qualify for the knockout stage.

Amavubi opened their campaign with a goalless draw against arch-rivals Uganda, before they held the defending champions Morocco to a 0-0 draw.

They went on to defeat Togo 3-2 in the last group game to qualify for the quarterfinal, where they lost 1-0 to Guinea.

In the semis, Cameroon will face title holders Morocco in an epic semi-final clash while Mali will take on Guinea in the West African encounter.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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