2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Rwanda Amavubi’s coach names squad for Ivory Coast tie

Mashami Vincent, the head coach of Amavubi has named a 27-man provisional squad to play the Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (AFCON).

Rwanda’s Amavubi is set to enter the residential camp on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at La Palisse Hotel in Bugesera District.

The match between Amavubi against Ivory Coast in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers is scheduled on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Stade Bouaké in Abidjan.

Rwanda is placed at the bottom of Group H with only two points from five games, three adrift of third-placed CAR. Guinea top the group with 11 points, followed by former African champions Ivory Coast with 8 points.

The released list has 20 local players while seven players make the foreign cast, and they are set to start preparations for the upcoming qualifier on Thursday.

The training sessions will be held until March 20 ahead of their departure to Abidjan on March 21, 2019.

Goalie Mvuyekure Emery playing his trade with Kenyan side Tusker Fc, Rwatubyaye Abdul who recently joined US side Sporting Kansas, Belgium-based duo of Nirisarike Salomon (FC Tubize) and Djihad Bizimana (Waasland Beveren), Muhire Kevin (El Dakhleya Sporting Club, Egypt), Kagere Meddie (SC Simba of Tanzania and stand-in skipper Jacques Tuyisenge who plays for Kenyan giants Gor Mahia compose the list of foreign players summoned for the clash.

The Azam Rwanda Premier League golden boot pursuers Nizeyimana Djuma of SC Kiyovu and Hakizimana Muhadjiri of APR FC, defenders Habimana Hussein (Rayon Sports), Iragire Saidi (Mukura VS) and striker Iradukunda Bertrand (Mukura VS&L) are the conspicuous names on the local list.

Amavubi skipper Haruna Niyonzima and his assistant Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza are major omissions from Mashami’s squad again after missing the Central African Republic (CAR) game last November, which ended in a 2-all draw at Huye Stadium.

While APR captain Mugiraneza is still recovering from injury, playmaker Niyonzima has not been a regular at Simba SC in Tanzania and his form has drastically dropped since his move from bitter rivals Young Africans in 2017.

Amavubi Provisional Squad for residential camp: 

Goalkeepers: Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS&L), Kimenyi Yves (APR FC) and Mvuyekure Emery (Tusker FC, Kenya)

Defenders: Rwatubyaye Abdoul (Sporting KC, USA), Nirisarike Salomon (FC Tubize, Belgium), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports FC), Buregeya Prince (APR FC), Fitina Ombolenga (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR FC), Habimana Hussein (Rayons Sports FC), Iragire Saidi (Mukura VS&L), Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports FC) and Iradukunda Eric (Rayon sports FC).

Midfielders: Butera Andrew (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (El Dakhleya Sporting Club, Egypt), Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports FC), Nsabimana Eric (AS Kigali), Bizimana Djihad (Waasland Beveren, Belgium) and Nshimiyimana Imran (APR FC)

Forwards: Kagere Meddie (SC Simba, Tanzania), Tuyisenge Jacques (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR FC), Nshuti Dominique Savio (APR FC), Nizeyimana Juma (Kiyovu Sports), Byiringiro Lague (APR FC) and Iradukunda Bertrand (Mukura VS&L)

Amavubi will be wrapping up their disappointing group campaign away to Ivory Coast after failing to win a single game in the first five games – having only managed two draws and suffered three defeats, respectively in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).


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