Amavubi skipper Haruna Niyonzima has stated that even if Rwanda appointed Jose Mourinho as their head coach, the current state of Amavubi can never be changed if patience is not exercised in the rebuilding process.
The Tanzanian-based Young Africans midfielder made the remarks on Tuesday when he joined the Amavubi camp in preparation for Saturday’s final Group H match of the 2017 Africa Nations’ Cup qualifier.
In his 10-year reign as the Amavubi player, Haruna has been handled by 10 different international coaches on the national team.
“It’s never easy sacking coaches now and then and never having a stable person to handle our national team and then you expect our nation to be in Afcon final. I have always said this so many times and for us players, by the time you get to understand the coaching philosophy of one coach, you get to hear he is sacked the following day,”
“There is no way you can build a cohesive and winning team if coaches are being sacked every one or two years. Unless you are patient, you can’t achieve anything in life and the same applies to people managing our national team,”
“If we now have Rwandan coaches in place, let them be given time and space to build a strong national team for the future. Rwandans especially administrators and fans should exercise patience in order to attain good and long lasting results for the future,”
“At the moment, even if you bring Mourinho as our coach, he can’t do anything for Rwanda not because he is intelligent but because of our impatient culture of yearning for positive results in the shortest time without preparing and building the right structure that will enable our Amavubi team to have formidable players who will achieve tangible results in future,” added Haruna.
Rwanda faces Ghana on Saturday at Accra Stadium in the final Group H match of the Africa Nations’ Cup qualifier.
The Black Stars claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Rwanda when the teams met in their group match in Kigali a year ago, with Mubarak Wakaso scoring a late goal to see the West Africans to victory.
Group H’s other match in the final round sees Mozambique host Mauritius in Maputo on Saturday. The game at the Accra Sports Stadium will be refereed by Cameroonian Antoine Effa.