Kwizera Shines as Rwanda Defeats Lesotho in World Cup Qualifiers

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• Kwizera’s lone strike made the difference

Rwanda tops Group C log

• New kid in the block’s impact

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Attacking midfielder Jojea Kwizera emerged as the hero for Rwanda in their crucial 1-0 victory over Lesotho during match day 4 of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The match, held at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday, June 11, witnessed Kwizera’s stunning strike on the stroke of half time that sealed the win for Rwanda.

Rwanda clinches Group C summit

This victory propelled Rwanda back to the top of Group C, alongside South Africa and Benin, all tied at seven points each. Despite being level on points with their rivals, Rwanda’s superior performance allowed them to claim the top spot due to goal difference.

New kid in the block’s impact

Having only recently made his debut for Rwanda against Benin on June 6, Kwizera quickly made an impact in his second international appearance. His exceptional goal against Lesotho showcased his skill and talent, solidifying his place as a key player for the Rwandan national team.

The game itself was a tense affair with both teams vying for dominance early on. In the third minute, Gilbert Mugisha had an opportunity for Rwanda but failed to convert as his shot sailed over the crossbar. However, it was Kwizera who ultimately stole the show with his memorable goal just before the halftime whistle.

Kwizera’s strike against Lesotho will undoubtedly be a moment to remember for the young midfielder, and it is likely to be a highlight in his career for years to come. His ability to deliver in crucial moments underscores his importance to the Rwandan team and bodes well for their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Jojea Kwizera’s biography and international career

Jojea Kwizera is a born of 1 January 1999. He is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for USL Championship club Rhode Island FC. Born in the DR Congo, he represents Rwanda national team internationally.

Kwizera made his debut for the Amavubi  on 6 June 2024 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Benin at the  Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Ivory Coast. He substituted Gilbert Mugisha in the 72nd minute as Benin won the game 1–0. He scored his first international goal 5 days later against Lesotho.

As Rwanda continues to push for a spot in the 2026 World Cup, Kwizera’s performance serves as a reminder of the talent and determination within the team. With his skill on display, Rwanda’s prospects look promising as they aim to secure a place in the prestigious tournament on the global stage.

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