Chan 2018: Rwanda unnerved by Uganda's ratings in the region

Coach Antoine Hey has asserted that Rwanda is not shaken by Uganda’s stature in the region.

Uganda face Rwanda in a two legged affair to determine one of the three slots designated for the Central East zone.

The Cranes missed the inaugural edition held in 2009 in Ivory Coast but have gone on to attend the succeeding three events.

Rwanda has played in two editions including the last which they hosted and 2011. 

July Fifa rankings placed Uganda on 74th globally while Rwanda remain below top 100, at 119 despite making eight steps up.

- We had a very difficult encounter with Tanzania and succeeded. Now we are facing Uganda who is the strongest in the region according to Fifa rankings but we are ready for the game, Hey said.

The German downplayed the challenges his team could face when playing on the natural turf at Kitende despite training and playing most of their games on astro-turf. 

-We played in Tanzania on natural grass and managed a result. What we are looking for in this first leg is a good result to put everything in our own hands as we head to the return leg in front of our vibrant fans.