2019 Afcon Qualifiers:  Amavubi Depart For CAR with Determination And Self Belief

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The Amavubi team this Friday morning left to Bangui  ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central Africa Republic slated for Sunday.

According to Ferwafa website the 25-man team departs Kigali International Airport on Friday morning, 8am aboard Kenya Airways. They will have a stop-over in Nairobi before connecting to Bangui with expected arrival in Bangui set for 14:30.

Antoine Hey, the Amavubi head coach held a media briefing on Thursday afternoon at FERWAFA headquarters in Remera where he assured Rwandans of the national team’s readiness to register a promising start in Sunday’s opening encounter of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He said, “The preparations went very well. As you know we started with the call of local based players last week. This team was doing a very intensive training program and they have done extremely very well,”

“Also they played their first match against the Morocco team last week. They have done very good and we were happy with the performance and they were joined by foreign-based players. We worked with them and for a very short time; they played the match on Sunday.

From the score line the match was very good and from the match itself, it wasn‘t so good and that is simply because this team didn‘t play together for some time and players didn’t know what we want, they type of game plan and system we have, and despite the time being short, they did well too,”

Going into Sunday’s game, the German-born tactician said, “The atmosphere in the team is very good, very focused, very professional and the players have worked very hard and some of them really feel it.

Like yesterday, they were very tired but that was needed to lift them in a very short time to the standard they can perform better because on Sunday we are not playing a friendly match but a competitive match and we can expect the Central Africa Team to go out with all forces because it’s the first group match at home and they need to win urgently,”

Meanwhile, Bugesera Fc goalie Olivier Kwizera who was kept as the stand-by goalkeeper will not be on the 18-man traveling team.

On the traveling team, it’s only APR Fc central defender Aimable Nsabimana and Rayon Sports midfielder Niyonzima Olivier who will be getting their first continental taste in the Amavubi jersey.

Rwanda is drawn in Group H for AFCON 2019 along with Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Central African Republic. Amavubi will be looking to qualify for the second time having made its debut in 2004, in Tunisia.

Rwanda to face Central Africa Republic on June 11 at Stade Barthelemy Boganda in Bangui. Kick-off has been set at 15H00 local, 14H00 GMT.


Les Fauves (The Wild Beasts) have yet to qualify for Africa’s premier cup competition, and face an uphill task if they are to break their trend having been paired in Group H alongside Guinea and the Ivory Coast.

Rwanda, Amavubi, will be aiming to qualify for only their second ever AFCON tournament with the Amavubi’s (The Wasps) only appearance coming in Tunisia 13 years ago. Victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo not enough to seal their place in the knockout stages on that particular occasion.

Amavubi Traveling Team:

Goalkeepers: Ndayishimiye Eric (Rayon Sport) and Nzarora Marcel (Police Fc)

Defenders: Rusheshangoga Michel (APR Fc), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR Fc), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sport), Bayisenge Emery (KAC Kénitra), Nsabimana Aimable (APR Fc) and Nirisarike Salomon (AFC Tubize, Belgium)

Midfielders: Mugiraneza Jean Baptiste (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Niyonzima Haruna (Young Africans, Tanzania), Nshuti Dominique Savio (Rayon Sport), Iranzi Jean Claude (MFK Topvar Topoľčany, Slovakia), Omborenga Fitina (MFK Topvar Topoľčany, Slovakia), Djihad Bizimana (APR Fc) and Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sport)

Forwards: Usengimana Dany (Police Fc), Sugira Ernest (AS Vita, DR Congo), Tuyisenge Jacques (Gor Mahia, Kenya).



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