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I really LMAO last weekend when I read Amavubi coach Johnny McKinstry’s comments in The New Times, regarding the Tuesday return-leg against Libya.

According to sports reporter Peter Kamasa, McKinstry claimed “Libya will not find it easy in Kigali playing at an altitude in Kigali and synthetic field; therefore, if we play at a high intensity, we know we will turn around the result.”

He added: “Libya will try to play a defensive game but we have to go for the goal and play at our full potential. I am confident we will progress to the group stages.”

I did find his comments very ludicrous; I believe Amavubi fans deserved a much better reason to trust their team.

And you believed him? 😆 "Libya will not find it easy […] playing at an altitude in Kigali and synthetic field" 😅

— Rwabigwi (@Rwabigwi) November 15, 2015

I have always said to my friends that I am no fan of Amavubi because I do not see any reason why I should invest my time and energy behind a team that hasn’t performed well in years. Or, to say the least, I point out to the fact that there seems to be no clear plan to invest the future of the national team – for anyone to believe things will get well anytime soon.

Last time I spoke to a sports know-it-all, he mentioned a number of alarming issues that have happened in the field of football, including the academy.

Full Time: #Rwanda 1 – 3 #Libya Agg: 1- 4! Rwanda's journey in #WCQ2018 has come to the end. What's next? We need yr answer plz @FERWAFA

— Richard Kwizera (@Muzungu4) November 17, 2015

I wasn’t surprised to hear Libya has beaten Amavubi on Tuesday. In fact, I get surprised whenever I hear fans complain – as if defeat was, really, the ultimate problem that Amavubi is. And worse, to see the coach simply blame it on “individual errors.”

I was a big fan of Amavubi – trust me – until I realise we haven’t done a thing since Jimmy Gateta and Olivier Karekezi. If “patriotism” is about getting behind mediocrity, then I am out.

Amavubi is an outcome of bad sport policy and unaccountability.

— Nelson Gashagaza (@NelsonGashagaza) November 17, 2015

Results from “bad sports policy?” I leave this to you.

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