The Amavubi, who did not lose a group match, advanced to the knockout stages after a 2-1 win over Togo on Tuesday
Rwanda head coach Vincent Mashami has explained why they deserved a place in the African Nations Championship quarter-finals.
Rwanda did not have adequate time to prepare for the tournament given the challenges that were caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The tactician ended up selecting a squad dominated by players from AS Kigali and APR who reported late as they had club assignments in the Caf Confederation Cup and in the Champions League.
Soccer activities had also been stopped after the coronavirus cases surged just as the 2020/21 season had begun.