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Rwanda Stun Bafana In Butare

Rwanda recorded a historic win over South Africa to end their six-match winless run with a 2-0 victory in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Huye Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The hosts were coming into the game without recording a single goal at home in 26 months, while Bafana Bafana, with a 12-match unbeaten streak, were the overwhelming favourites.

Additionally, the opportunity to secure six points to top Group C after Nigeria and Zimbabwe failed to secure wins provided extra motivation.

However, the artificial surface that was also waterlogged following a thunderstorm before kick-off provided challenges for the visitors, as they failed to adapt to the conditions and walked into the break trailing 2-0.

Innocent Nashuti and Gilbert Mugisha found the net with route one football, with the second a defensive error between Khuliso Mudau and Ronwen Williams, while Nkosinathi Sibisi didn’t look great for the first.

Hugo Broos’ side would have been reeling as his side had no shots on target in the opening 45 minutes when he warned they needed warriors and not pretty football for the clash.

In the second half, the water was seemingly subsiding and allowing Bafana to gain more control but they barely created anything of substance before the hour mark.

Themba Zwane had a clear-cut chance to pull one back after 77 minutes but frustrations grew as he ballooned the ball over the crossbar with his weaker left foot.

Three points for Amavubi moved them top of the standings with four points from their opening two games, having drawn with Zimbabwe in their first game, while Bafana remained on three points.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.