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Rwanda Surprises South Africa with a 2-0 Win, Leading the Group in African World Cup Qualifying

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Dallas Hughes

Nov 23, 2023

Rwanda, the host team, pulled off a surprising 2-0 victory against South Africa on Tuesday, securing the top spot in its group during the challenging conditions of African World Cup qualifying.

Host Rwanda shocked South Africa with a 2-0 win in the African 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Photo: Rwandan Football Association's official X account.

Rwanda showcased impressive adaptability as they overcame the waterlogged conditions at Huye Stadium, a result of a heavy downpour before the game, to secure a 2-0 victory in the first half. Innocent Nshuti broke the deadlock in the 12th minute, skillfully holding off a defender and neatly slotting the ball into the far corner. The lead was then doubled to 2-0 in the 28th minute, courtesy of Gilbert Mugisha capitalizing on a defensive mix-up in the penalty area.

Meanwhile, in the other Group C encounter held in South Africa, Lesotho and Benin played out a goalless draw. This outcome places Rwanda at the top of the group with four points from two matches. South Africa follows closely in second place with three points, while Lesotho, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe are all level with two points each. Benin currently occupies the bottom spot with one point.

In additional fixtures, Tunisia secured a 1-0 victory in Malawi, Botswana triumphed 1-0 against Guinea on home turf, Burkina Faso breezed past host Ethiopia with a commanding 3-0 win in Morocco, and Uganda emerged victorious with a 1-0 result over Somalia, also in Morocco.

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