Rwanda National Football Team (Amavubi) head coach Vincent Mashami has summoned players to prepare for the TOTAL 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier game in which Rwanda will face Guinea in October.
Rwanda’s Amavubi will play againt Guinea in their first leg group H AFCON qualifier on October 13, 2018 in Conakry in Guinea. The TOTAL 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Cameroon from June 7 to 30, 2018.
The players summoned will start trainings on September 30, 2018 at Amahoro National Stadium. Players from clubs to participate in the Agaciro Development Fund Cup 2028, Rayon Sports, APR FC and AS Kigali will join others on October 1, 2018, one day after.
Among the summonned who had not been called out for Rwanda’s encounter against Ivory Coast are Rayon Sports’ goalkeeper Abouba Bashunga who was for his first time summoned in the national team, Rayon Sports’ Djabel Manishimwe and Jacques Tuyisenge who plays for Kenya’s Gor Mahia.
Tuyisenge did not feature on the list of players who were summoned to play against Ivory Coast’s Elephants due to injury problem but he has now recovered.
Amavubi’s Coach Vincent Mashami told journalits that he “decided to add in the team new players Djabel Manishimwe and Abouba Bashunga because they deserve it. They have worked so mucvh hard in team club.”
“That is only what I base on when I call the players for the national duties. But I can say they still have so much work to do because they are still young,” he added.
In Group H of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, Guinea stands on top with six points followed while Ivory Coast who recently defeated Rwanda (2-1) come second with three points.
Coach Mashami said there is still hope for Rwanda to qualify to 2019 AFCON Games in Cameroon.
Central African Republic are third with three points while Rwanda sits in the bottom with with no single point.
“We still have chances despite having lost all our first two games. We want to win all the remaining games. It might be difficult for other people to understand that we can qualify but we have never given up yet,” Mashami said.
The list of the players summoned:
Goalkeepers: Kwizera Olivier (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kimenyi Yves (APR FC), Bashunga Abouba (Rayon Sports) and Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS).
Defenders: Nirisarike Salomon (AFC Tubize, Belgium), Rwatubyaye Abdoul (Rayon Sports), Rugwiro Hervé (APR FC), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports), Fitina Ombolenga (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR FC), Eric Rutanga (Rayon Sports) and Rusheshangoga Michel (APR FC).
Midfielders: Mugiraneza Jean Baptiste (APR FC), Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports), Ngendahimana Eric (Police FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports), Bizimana Djihad (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium), Haruna Niyonzima (SC Simba, Tanzania), Buteera Andrew (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali), Iranzi Jean Claude (APR FC), Ciza Hussein (Mukura VS) and Manishimwe Djabel (Rayon Sports).
Forwards: Kagere Meddie (SC Simba, Tanzania), Tuyisenge Jacques (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR FC) na Usengimana Dany (Tersana SC, Misiri).