Former APR Fc and current Bugesera Fc coach Vincent Mashami has been drafted back into the Amavubi team as the assistant coach, nine months after he was shown exit by former Amavubi team head coach Johnathan McKinstry.
Mashami was confirmed as Jimmy Mulisa assistant coach by the Ministry of Sports and Culture and the pair held Amavubi’s first training session on Wednesday at Stade de Kigali.
Mulisa, who was also the assistant to Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry, who was relieved of his duties last Thursday, is the Amavubi’s interim head coach.
Mulisa, who conducted his first training session on Wednesday afternoon at Kigali Regional Stadium in Nyamirambo, admitted that the players’ fitness was lacking.
“After the first training session, I observed that the level of fitness is low among the players because it is off-season right now for most of them, so we have drawn up a programme and starting Thursday we shall do three training sessions,” said Mulisa.
The 32-year-old former Amavubi striker mentioned that this will help his players to gain the required level of fitness to match their Ghanaian opponents, who are currently involved in several European leagues, having had a satisfactory pre-season.
Mulisa is yet to sign a contract with the Ministry of Sports and Culture as well as the football governing body in Rwanda, Ferwafa, who have taken a back seat amid the sacking of McKinstry, the appointment of Kanyankore, his subsequent sacking, and the appointment of Mulisa, all in the space of a week.
The 32-year-old belongs to the golden generation that qualified and participated at 2004 Afcon in Tunisia, Rwanda’s debut and only appearance at the continent’s premier football showpiece.
Mulisa is keen to instill positivity in the national side following a controversial six days that have been surrounded by anxiety, confusion and uncertainty from the general public, media and football fans in Rwanda.
The national team is holding their training sessions at Stade de Kigali until May 28 when they will shift to Amahoro stadium.
Against Ghana, Rwanda will be aiming to put in a better performance than when they lost to Mauritius 1-0 in March, as well as 3-2 to Mozambique in September.
Sitting in second place in group H, Rwanda have six points tied with Mauritius, who are third due to the head-to-head rule, while Mozambique are bottom with four points.
Meanwhile, Mulisa summoned left-winger Innocent Habyarimana to join the 26-man squad named by Yaounde Gilbert Kanyankore earlier this week.
Captain Haruna Niyonzima, who was involved with Yanga against TP Mazembe on Tuesday in the Caf Confederation Cup group stage match along with Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza (Azam FC) and Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia), will arrive in Kigali on Saturday.