Blessing Malinganiza IN KIGALI, Rwanda
TINO Kadewere is expected to play a more prominent role when the Warriors square up against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their second World Cup qualifier at Huye Stadium in Butare on Sunday.
The Olympic Lyon forward featured in the last 20 minutes in the goalless draw against Rwanda in the opening qualifier at the same venue on Wednesday.
Kadewere replaced Prince Dube after 74 minutes and made little impact.
However, he might start in the Warriors’ next assignment against the Super Eagles as his shift impressed national team coach Baltemar Brito.
“He didn’t play a lot of minutes against Rwanda because we thought he should rest since he had just arrived.
“But, he will play against Nigeria.
“I’ve watched his videos and I know what he is capable of doing.”
“I am happy to be back in action and representing my country after a long time.
“It’s been almost one-and-half years without us playing together and this was our first competitive match, so taking a point away from home in a difficult situation was something that was positive.
“Overall, the guys did well, we fought a good fight.
“It was a game that we could have easily won also. We had some few good chances but they had support from their home crowd.”