Rwanda made their presence felt at the on-going Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup following yesterday's hard earned 2-0 win over guest side Malawi at Namboole stadium, Kampala, Uganda.
Jean Baptist Mugiraneza ' Migi' and Haruna Niyonzima scored the goals to take the wasps top of Group C after a goalless draw in the preceding Group C encounter between Eritrea and Zanzibar. Migi, who missed Rwanda's final warm-up fixture against Namibia, justified his inclusion in the side with a close range finish after brilliant individual play down the left flank from Ngirinshuti Mwemere.
Malawi responded with a series of attacks but Rwanda held on to preserve a 1-0 lead at half time.
After the break, the Cosafa side continued pressing for an equaliser but Green Hawara, who plays for Silver Strikers in Malawi's top division, could not convert two clear-cut chances forcing Malawi head coach Kinnah Phiri to replace him with Innocent Bokosi. Malawi continued pressing but it was Rwanda who doubled their lead courtesy of a 20-yard strike from the skipper Haruna Niyonzima on the 79th minute.
Despite the victory, Micho had his reservations on the team's defending.
"We played well going forward but looked shaky in defense. We have to work harder on the defence ahead of the Zanzibar game," the Serbian tactician said.
Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup
Eritrea 0-0 Zanzibar
Rwanda 2-0 Malawi
Kenya vs South Sudan
Ethiopia vs Uganda