2016 CHAN: Hosts Rwanda beat Ivory Coast 1-0 in tournament opener
Hosts Rwanda beat Ivory Coast 1-0 in their 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) opener on Saturday in the presence of acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou and President Paul Kagame.
APR FC defender Emery Bayisenge scored a sumptuous free kick to put Rwanda in lead in the 16th minute of the game at the Amahoro Stadium
The Ivorians failed to equalize before halftime. In the 60th minute Rwanda were awarded a controversial penalty to double the lead.
Sangare Badra Ali, the Cote d'Ivoire goalkeeper who plays his club football for AS Tanda denied Emery Bayisenge from getting a personal second goal and a number two for Rwanda.
Rwanda top Group A with three points.
Second game of the group comes off 4:00 pm at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda.
By Nuhu Adams