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CHAN 2016: Hosts Rwanda open with win over Ivory Coast

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Hosts Rwanda got their African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast.

Rwandan defender Emery Bayisenge scored the game’s only goal on 15 minutes.

The Amavubi had a chance to go 2-0 up on the hour mark but the Elephants’ goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare managed to keep it out.

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Despite that miss, the hosts went on to secure a crucial opening win in front of their home fans in Kigali.

The tournament for locally-based players is the biggest sporting event Rwanda has ever hosted.

It involves 16 teams playing in three cities – with the capital Kigali, as well as Gisenyi in the west and Butare in the south all hosting games.

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The hosts performed well in the run-up to the tournament and Northern Irish coach Johnny McKinstry will be pleased to see his team carry that form into the finals.

The Elephants, meanwhile, are making their third appearance at this tournament and have yet to get beyond the group stage.

The Ivorians are the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, but that was achieved with a squad that included only one home-based player.

Gabon and Morocco drew 0-0 in the day’s other Group A game on Saturday

FIXTURE FOR RWANDA CHAN 2016

Sunday 17 January 2016
DR Congo v Ethiopia Stade Huye 15:00
Angola v Cameroon Stade Huye 19:00
Monday 18 January 2016
Tunisia v Guinea Stade Régional de Nyamirambo 15:00
Nigeria v Niger Stade Régional de Nyamirambo 19:00
Tuesday 19 January 2016
Zimbabwe v Zambia Rubavu 16:00
Mali v Uganda Rubavu 18:00
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Rwanda v Gabon Amahoro, Kigali 15:00
Morocco v Ivory Coast Amahoro, Kigali 18:00
Thursday 21 January 2016
DR Congo v Angola Stade Huye 15:00
Congo DR v Angola Stade Huye 16:00
Cameroon v Ethiopia Stade Huye 18:00
Friday 22 January 2016
Tunisia v Nigeria Stade Régional de Nyamirambo 16:00
Niger v Guinea Stade Régional de Nyamirambo 18:00
Saturday 23 January 2016
Zimbabwe v Mali Rubavu 15:00
Uganda v Zambia Rubavu 19:00
Sunday 24 January 2016
Morocco v Rwanda Amahoro, Kigali 16:00
Ivory Coast v Gabon Stade Huye 16:00
Monday 25 January 2016
Cameroon v DR Congo Stade Huye 16:00
Ethiopia v Angola Stade Amahoro 17:00
Tuesday 26 January 2016
Niger v Tunisia Stade Régional de Nyamirambo 16:00
Guinea v Nigeria Rubavu 17:00
Wednesday 27 January 2016
Uganda v Zimbabwe Amahoro, Kigali 16:00
Zambia v Mali Stade Régional de Nyamirambo 17:00
Saturday 30 January 2016
Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B Amahoro, Kigali 15:00
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A Stade Huye 18:00
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