‘Adjusting to weather is important’

Rwanda coach Johnny McKinstry has revealed that it was important for his players to get used to the North African weather ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Libya next month.

Amavubi are currently training in Morocco until October 11 and McKinstry believes that the 10-day camp will give his side an idea of what to expect next month against the Mediterranean Knights.

Libya is yet to communicate the venue of this tie however Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt are among the options. Libya played their Afcon 2017 qualifier against Cape Verde in Cairo earlier this month.

“It is good we are spending 10 days in the region at this stage before we go up to play Libya in November in the first leg of our qualifier. The players will already know largely what to expect in terms of the climate and the standard of hotels etc,” said McKinstry.

“I think it is hugely important. When the climate has the potential to differ significantly from what the players are used to, it is important to spend as much time in that environment as possible prior to the game to adjust.”

Rwanda held Libya to a goalless draw in Morocco last year in the Afcon 2015 qualifier before the Amavubi shocked the Mediterranean Knights 3-0 in Kigali in the return leg.

McKinstry said: “When Libya confirm the date and venue for our first leg encounter we will endeavor to make sure we have sufficient time at the location ahead of the game to again ensure we are ready for the match itself.”

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