Rwanda vs Zimbabwe Match Analysis & Prediction
15/11/2023 4:00 pm
Rwanda and Zimbabwe kick off their respective campaign to the 2026 World Cup finals when they meet at Stade Huye on Wednesday evening.
Having both missed out on a spot in the upcoming AFCON, both teams will be keen to put on an improved qualifying campaign as they look to avoid sitting out yet another major international tournament.
Rwanda wrapped up their AFCON qualifiers with a 1-1 draw against the Senegalese Lions of Teranga at Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade on September 9.
The Amavubi Wasps fell behind to Mamadou Camara’s goal midway through the second half before equalising in the stoppage time through Olivier Niyonzima.
While Torsten Spittler’s side managed to stop a third straight defeat, they are now winless in their five matches across all competition since the turn of the year.
Having failed to win any of their most recent seven home matches, Rwanda will be keen to get back to winning ways in front of their fans.
Zimbabwe played out a 1-1 draw with Botswana on September 30 when the teams met in a friendly game at the Botswana National Stadium.
Baltemar Brito’s side went ahead 20 minutes after the restart through Obriel Chirinda but their lead only lasted three minutes as Lemogang Maswena restored parity.
That was the first game of 2023 for The Warriors since they were disqualified from the African Nations Championship qualifying phase last year.
With an entertaining encounter with Nigeria to follow Wednesday’s game, the visitors will be keen to secure a morale-boosting result here.
Rwanda vs. Zimbabwe Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, Rwanda have claimed one victory while Zimbabwe have won two.
03/07/2004Rwanda0Zimbabwe2CAF World Cup Qualifiers
04/09/2005Zimbabwe3Rwanda1CAF World Cup Qualifiers
29/11/2011Rwanda2Zimbabwe0CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup
15/11/2023RwandaN/AZimbabweN/ACAF World Cup Qualifiers
Rwanda Team News
Elie Tatou Iradukunda and Arthur Gitego are both in line to make their Rwanda debuts having been called up to the senior squad for the first time.
Eighteen-year-old Hakim Sahabo already has five international caps under his belt and is expected to add to that tally on Wednesday.
Rwanda's Last 5 Matches
Zimbabwe Team News
Midfielder Marshall Munetsi is somewhat of a surprise inclusion in the Zimbabwe squad, having only just returned to action from a broken nose.
Despite not finding the back of the net for Lyon since July, Tino Kadewere remains a strong candidate to lead the line for the visitors.
Zimbabwe's Last 5 Matches
10/01/2022Senegal1Zimbabwe0CAF Africa Cup of Nations
14/01/2022Malawi2Zimbabwe1CAF Africa Cup of Nations
18/01/2022Zimbabwe2Guinea1CAF Africa Cup of Nations
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