Rwanda registered a comfortable away victory past the Seychelles thanks to a 3-0 score line at Stade Linite in Victoria on Thursday afternoon in the first leg of the Preliminary round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers.
Amavubi as the Rwandans are nicknamed dominated from the start as they enjoyed plenty of possession led their midfielder playmaker Belgium based Hadjiri Hakizimana against a Seychelles side which had eight debutants and under the watch of interim coach Dutchman Jan Mak.
After much pressure, the visitors broke the deadlock just past the half hour mark from a half cleared corner taken by Jacques Tuyisenge which Gerick Vidot failed to clear and captain Hakizimana rifled his fierce shot which took a slight deflection to beat Seychelles goalie Romeo Barra to set the tone.
The visitors added a second in the 42nd minute when Tuyisenge set up, from a corner not well defended by the home team, and Yannick Mukunzi thumped the ball past goalie Barra to make it 2-0 at half time.
The players of coach Vincent Mashami kept the pressure on their opponent in the second period and killed off the contest in the 79th minute from Tuyisenge’s threaded pass to Medie Kagere who broke from midfield to slot the ball past a bemused Barra to seal victory ahead of the return next Tuesday in Kigali.