Rwanda interim head coach Kanyankole Gilbert Yaoundé has summoned a 26-man team to start preparations for the last Group H fixture of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers set for the Accra Sports Stadium on September 3.
Kanyankole who doubles as the APR Fc coach replaced Northern Ireland Coach Johnathan McKinstry who was sacked on Thursday.
Kanyankole replaces Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry who was relieved of his duties on Thursday, five months into his new two-year contract which was renewed in March this year.
Kanyankole signed a one-year framework contract that will entail him to work only when Amavubi have commitments and not as a full time employee.
He will be assisted by Amavubi legends Eric Nshimiyimana and Jimmy Mulisa who belong to the golden generation that qualified for Afcon 2004 in Tunisia, the only time Rwanda has been to the continent’s premier competition.
The summoned players are scheduled to join camp at La Palisse Hotel Nyandungu on Wednesday morning ahead of the training session set to begin later in the afternoon.
Among the summoned team, APR Fc has the most composition with 11 players following their recent competitive participation in the EAC Military Games held in Rwanda last week.
New faces on the senior national team are defenders Iradukunda Eric (AS Kigali), Nsabimana Aimable (APR Fc), midfielders Nkizingabo Fiston (APR Fc), Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports), and Buteera Andrew (APR Fc) who returns to the fold after a long time and Twizeyimana Onesme who recently joined APR Fc from AS Kigali.
Tanzanian based-duo of Mugiraneza Jean Baptista (Azam Fc) and skipper Haruna Niyonzima (Yanga) as well as Kenya’s Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge are the only foreign-based players summoned to the squad and they are expected to join camp on Saturday.
Despite being knocked out of contention for a place in 2017 Africa Nations’ Cup final due in Gabon, Rwanda will be aiming for a win against hosts Ghana in bid to revive their poor Fifa rankings. Rwanda is currently ranked 121st in the latest release.
Rwanda blew their only chance to book a ticket to Afcon 2017 in Gabon when they lost 1-0 to Mauritius in Belle Vue in March before succumbing to a relentless Mozambique 3-2 in Kigali in June. The squandered six points would have brought their tally to 12 and among the few nations tussling for best second placed side in 11 qualifying groups.
Benin Republic currently lead the best second placed teams standings with 11 points while Tunisia, Uganda and Central African Republic are tied on 10 points with a +10, +3 and +1 goal difference in that order.
Meanwhile, Ghana Coach Avram Grant has named a 23-man squad to face Rwanda in the scheduled Afcon qualifier.
Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey returns to the squad whiles skipper Asamoah Gyan is expected to lead the team that will take on the Amavubi.
All Stars goalie Richard Ofori and Ashantigold’s Kadri Mohammed were all handed call ups for game.
The Black Stars are leading Group H with13 points, having already booked a place to the Africa Cup of Nations finals to be held in January 2017 in Gabon.
Amavubi Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ndayishimiye Eric (Rayon Sports), Ndoli Jean Claude (AS Kigali) & Hategikimana Bonheur (SC Kiyovu)
Defenders: Rusheshangoga Michel (APR Fc), Iradukunda Eric (AS Kigali), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR Fc), Ndayishimiye Celestin (Police Fc), Rugwiro Herve (APR Fc), Usengimana Faustin (APR Fc), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports) & Nsabimana Aimable (APR Fc)
Midfielders: Mugiraneza Jean Baptista (Azam Fc, Tanzania), Mukunzi Yannick (APR Fc), Niyonzima Haruna (Yanga,Tanzania), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR Fc), Buteera Andrew (APR Fc), Bizimana Djihad (APR Fc), Nshuti Dominique Savio (Rayon Sports), Nkizingabo Fiston (APR Fc), Habimana Yussuf (Mukura VS) and Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports),
Strikers: Twizeyimana Onesme (APR Fc), Usengimana Danny (Police Fc), Sugira Ernest (AS Vita, DR Congo) and Tuyisenge Jacques (Gor Mahia, Kenya).