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Richard Tardy: U-17 tournament is our biggest assignment

Richard Tardy: U-17 tournament is our biggest assignment

Head Coach Richard Tardy of the host country for the this year U-17 championship in Rwanda believes his biggest assignment is making an impression as the tournament kicks off this Saturday January 2011 in their group among the likes of Egypt, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

“If I said that is not worrying I would be lying with great names like Egypt who traditionally are a hard side to beat” he told journalists.

“Of course we all know how good Egypt is and there is no other way about it other than playing our best football in all the three group games,” the French man stressed.

Coach Richard Tardy mentioned the West African side’s good record in this competition as indication that they are formidable opponents. The Rwandese will have to play their best football in this tough group.

He also accepts the fact that he still has more homework to do on how best to tackle the sides in his group. However the squad has improved since the participation in Cecafa U-20 Championship.

It was a positive attribute and he believes his side has matured and toughened up since that time. The junior wasps wrapped up their build up with a 1-0 win over Primus National Football League side AS Kigali

Rwanda will open their campaign next weekend Saturday (January 8) against Burkina Faso at Amahoro stadium before playing Egypt (January 11) and Senegal (January 14) respectively.

The top two in each group are guaranteed a spot at next year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Group A- Rwanda, Egypt, Senegal, Burkina Faso
Group B- Gambia, Ivory Coast, Congo Brazzaville, Mali

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