Rwanda name final squad as they depart to face Ghana on Saturday

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The Amavubi head coach Jimmy Mulisa take the team into final drills at Amahoro Stadium on Wednesday evening ahead of their departure to Ghana on Thursday

Rwanda men’s football team, Amavubi interim head coach Jimmy Mulisa named a strong 18-man squad which he will face Ghana in the final Group H match of the 2017 Africa Nations’ Cup qualifier scheduled to be staged on Saturday at Accra Stadium.

The Amavubi team is scheduled to fly to Accra, Ghana on Thursday at 14:00 aboard Rwandair.

Speaking to Rwandaeye on Wednesday evening after the final training session, Mulisa said, “We have good preparations over the past few days and players selected into the final 18-man squad have good levels of fitness,”

“We are going to Ghana to try and stage good performances. We have nothing to lose in this encounter other than fighting for our nations’ pride and players know very well that should they win this encounter, it would be play a big impact on our Fifa rankings,” added Mulisa.

The final squad is composed of two goalkeepers namely Ndayishimiye Eric (Rayon Sport) and Marcel Nzarora (Police Fc).

Seven defenders made the final squad, led by Rusheshangoga Michel (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR Fc), Ndayishimiye Celestin (Police Fc), Munezero Fiston (Rayon Sports), Rugwiro Herve (APR Fc), Usengimana Faustin (APR Fc) and Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports)

Skipper and Tanzanian-based midfielder with Young Africans Haruna Niyonzima lead a 7-man midfield team composed of Mugiraneza Jean Baptista (Azam Fc), Mukunzi Yannick (APR FC) ,Niyonzima Ally (Mukura VS), Nshuti Savio Dominique (Rayon Sports), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR Fc) and Habyarimana Innocent (APR Fc)

The attacking force will be spearheaded by AS Vita striker Sugira Ernest and Gor Mahi marksman Jacques Tuyisenge.

Rwanda goes into the final Group H match placed second on the standings with six points, though they have no mathematical chance of finishing as one of the two best runners-up, who will also qualify for the Afcon tournament.

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.

Rwanda 18-man squad:

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

Defenders: Rusheshangoga Michel (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR Fc), Ndayishimiye Celestin (Police Fc), Munezero Fiston (Rayon Sports), Rugwiro Herve (APR Fc), Usengimana Faustin (APR Fc) and Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports)

Midfielders: Mugiraneza Jean Baptista (Azam Fc, Tanzania), Mukunzi Yannick (APR FC) ,Niyonzima Ally (Mukura VS), Niyonzima Haruna (Young Africans, Tanzania), Nshuti Savio Dominique (Rayon Sports), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR Fc) and Habyarimana Innocent (APR Fc)

Forwards: Sugira Ernest (AS Vita, DR Congo) and Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

 

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