1 June 2014

Rwanda/Libya: Amavubi Stings Libya to Reach Second Round

Rwanda reached the second round of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 qualifiers after a 3-0 win over Libya in the second leg of the first round qualifier held on Saturday at the Kigali Regional Stadium.

AS Vita striker Daddy Birori scored a hat-trick as the Amavubi stunned the Mediterranean Knights to progress to next round of the qualifiers.

Birori scored the crucial goals via headers in the 38th, 65th and 75th minutes to ensure a winning start for new Amavubi coach Stephen Constantine.

Unlike previous games, Amavubi played with new-found confidence as they dominated Libya for almost the entire duration.

The hosts started like a bush on fire and striker Michel Ndahinduka had the ball in the back of the net four minutes after Birori's opener, but it was disallowed for allegedly fouling the Libya goalkeeper.

The first goal arrived when Birori instantly headed home a cross from right back Michel Rusheshangoga and the DR Congo-born striker scored the second goal in similar fashion, this time from a cross Ndahinduka.

The former Mukura Victory Sports forward, Birori, completed his first international hat-trick with a third header off the impressive Rusheshangoga's cross, which was very similar to his assist for the opening goal.

Osama Grint, Hamdou Elnouni and striker Ahmad Mohammed created Libya's chances but their efforts could not scare off Rwandan goal keeper Jean Claude Ndoli.

The Amavubi advanced 3-0 on aggregate are due to face either Namibia or Congo at the next round.

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