Amavubi are looking forward to the maximum points to complete a double over Mozambique and boost their chances of a second participation at the flagship continental championship. Rwanda’s only appearance at the AFCON was in 2004.
“We have to be at our best level against Mozambique. We lost the friendly game against Senegal but that’s big lesson for us. We are ready for the challenge ahead of us.
“Against Mozambique, we need to be more focused, determined and also believe that we have the ability not only to beat them but also to qualify,” he added.
Niyonzima believes a win against Mambas will boost their chances ahead of the ultimate clash against Ghana in September.
Ghana tops the group with 10 points, four more than Rwanda, who are tied with Mauritius but have an edge via head-to-head. Mozambique rests at the bottom with just a point from four games.
Abel Xavier’s side arrived with a 20-man squad but are without key players such as
Ronny Marcos (Greuther Fürth, Germany), Simão Mate (Levante U.D, Spain), Gildo (Ferroviário da Beira) and Edmilson (Ferroviário de Maputo) due to injury and other reasons.
Rwanda shocked Mozambique with a 1-0 in the reverse in Maputo last June.