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As AFCON 2017 approaches, Chartered plane to fly Rwanda to Mauritius

Rwanda set to fly to Mauritius for their upcoming Afcon 2017 qualifier set for March 26 at Anjalay Stadium in Belle-Vue on a chartered flight and depart for Kigali immediately after the game.

The team alongside fans will leave Kigali March 24 at 6pm with the Amavubi scheduled to train at the match venue the following day.

Rwanda coach Johnny McKinstry revealed that they faced big challenges going into the Mauritius games for the away tie.

“To travel with such a large group was always going to be challenging in terms of seat availability and so it proved, with the only regular option available to us requiring us to travel via Dubai – a journey of over 25 hours in each direction. This was obviously not ideal preparation for either game,” explained McKinstry to supersport.com.

“As such, the possibility of a chartered flight was proposed to the Ministry of Sports and Culture, and I am pleased to say that they came through with the required funding to allow us to do this.”

“This means that we now only have to face a four-hour journey each way, and will be back in Kigali the same evening that we play in Mauritius, allowing us good recovery time ahead of the second game in Kigali, only a few days later.”

“This is a big boost for the team and staff, as it means we can spend more time on the training pitch preparing, and working towards top level performances in both games.”

Rwanda host Mauritius in Kigali three days later on March 29 with the Amavubi hoping to pick maximum points that will be important in qualifying for Afcon for the first time since 2004.

Rwanda currently sit second in Group H with three points from a shock 1-0 away win against Mozambique in Maputo last June but lost to group favourites Ghana 1-0 in Kigali last September.

By Robert Muriisa via Supersport.

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