Rwanda coach Carlos Alos Ferrer insists they will continue to fight in their quest for a place at the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations despite Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw against Benin.
The Amavubi are confident they can still secure a place at the tournament in Cote d’Ivoire despite drawing three matches and losing one game in Group L.
Their latest draw leaves them third in the standings with three points, one behind second placed Mozambique with two rounds of matches left.
A win at home against Benin’s Squirrels on Wednesday would have put them second, but they couldn’t make the most of their home ground advantage.
“Mathematically, we have a chance. We have one point difference from the second team and they will have to come play here. The group is still open and we have lots to be positive about. I am positive,” the tactician said.
He added: “We have two matches to play at home and I hope we can play here with our supporters. That will be a huge advantage for us. We have played away in three matches and we showed we can compete well.
Against Benin, Thierry Manzi scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, cancelling out Jodel Dossou’s goal for the visitors. Rwanda will rue their missed chances as they also had a penalty saved in the first half.
“I am disappointed with the result but not with how my team played,” noted the coach.
Meanwhile, Benin remained bottom of the group with two points and they also still have a chance to qualify.