FIFA World Cup Rwanda display leaves Spittler impressed despite Zimbabwe draw

Amavubi head coach Torsten Frank Spittler praised his charges for the display as they secured a 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe in their opening fixture of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at Huye Stadium on Wednesday.

The German tactician, who was taking charge of his first competitive match since taking over as the Rwanda coach maintained that his men did their best during the game although the luck of picking all three maximum points did not go by their side.

“Considering the fact that this is a new setup, I am happy with their output. I am now getting to know some of the players. A host of them came late and they barely trained with us, so for us to play like this is great,” Spittler told the media after the game as quoted by Times Sport.

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“We had some decent chances, we needed to score. We had one in the first half which was a header but it was directed wide. Then, in the last minute, Claude Niyomugabo should have used the inside of his foot to just place the ball but he went for power and spoilt the chance.”

On his decision to replace youngster Hakim Sahabo, who turns out for Standard Liege in the 70th minute of the game, Spittler said: “Changes are done with a purpose, some players are not fit to play for 90 minutes, sometimes we also make changes to deploy new formation. The players on the bench are also equally good so everyone can be changed.”

Rwanda will return to action on November 21 when they tackle South Africa at Huye Stadium.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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