Rwanda’s Amavubi Dominates South Africa in a Thrilling 2026 World Cup Qualifier Clash

The Rwandan national football team ‘Amavubi’ and their fans celebrated after defeating South Africa 2-0 in the second-round match of Group C in the quest for a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

This history match Played at Huye Stadium, Amavubi started strongly despite the challenge of rain in Huye.

In the 8th minute, Mugisha Gilbert delivered an excellent shot into the net, putting Amavubi in the lead.

In the 13th minute, Nshuti Innocent scored another goal for Amavubi, securing a comfortable lead against South Africa.

Despite South Africa’s strong presence in Huye, Mugisha Gilbert managed to score, and Ronwen Williams was unable to stop the determined Amavubi.

In the 17th minute, Omborenga Fitina skillfully entered the penalty area, leaving Ronwen helpless and securing another goal for Amavubi.

In the 29th minute, Mugisha Gilbert scored his second goal, taking advantage of a pass from Mutsinzi Ange, sealing Amavubi’s dominance.

South Africa tried to recover, but Amavubi’s defense held firm. Percy Tau attempted a shot but was thwarted by goalkeeper Imanishimwe Emmanuel.

The first half ended with Amavubi leading 2-0.

The second half began with Sibomana Patrick replacing Byiringiro Lague.

In the 52nd minute, Sibomana Patrick received a precise pass from Muhire and took a powerful shot that hit the South African post.

In the 65th minute, Bizimana Djihad took a strong shot, forcing a corner kick that Ronwen Williams managed to save.

South Africa made efforts to score but struggled against Amavubi’s solid defense.

In the 77th minute, Themba Zwane received the ball in the penalty area and scored, bringing South Africa back into the game.

In the 84th minute, Aubrey Modiba of South Africa made a beautiful shot, putting his team ahead.

In the 88th minute, Ntwari Fiacre received a yellow card for a foul on Themba Zwane in the penalty area.

Amavubi secured victory with a 2-1 score against South Africa, maintaining their quest for a place in the 2026 World Cup.

After defeating Seychelles 7-0 in the first leg of the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers, Amavubi continued their success in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, winning against Mozambique.

This victory marked a significant achievement for Amavubi, aiming to qualify for the World Cup since their last attempt in 2018.

Following this win, Rwanda will face Benin and Lesotho in the next round of qualifiers in March 2024.

In another match of the group, Lesotho triumphed over Benin.