Since May this year, the national team Amavubi has not had a coach since the former coach Vincent Mashami’s contract expired.
A number of candidates have been linked to take up the job though this publication cannot confirm the news. These include former head coach Stephen Constantine and Christian Francis Haringingo.
When asked about the appointment of the Amavubi head coach, Guy Didier Rurangayire National Teams Specialist at Ministry of Sports and Culture told this Taarifa Sports that if any information is to be provided it will be shared as soon as possible.
He briefly said, “The process is a partnership between local football body Ferwafa and the Ministry of Sports and Culture,”
But as time passes by, fans are becoming more frustrated, with an official voice on the radio waves saying that time is running out for the national team to start preliminary round preparations of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Rwanda is scheduled to face Seychelles in a two-legged tie between September 2 and 10 for a spot in qualifying group stages. Amavubi will play the first leg away from home before hosting the pivotal clash in Kigali.
Regis Uwayezu the secretary general of FERWAFA, Regis Uwayezu said that time is running out to find a new head coach, yes it’s fair to say fans are concerned about the time passing by and the length of time this process is taking yet it is an urgency.
Radio sports journalist Sadi Habimana said, “Every single day is crucial at the moment and it needs sorting.
“The last time, our biggest failing was not having a squad in place for the start of pre-season training, and at the moment it’s looking like we could be heading the same way, it’s a be concern, for the fans,” he added.
According to the latest FIFA rankings, Rwanda is placed at 133rd position while the Pirates of Seychelles are 192.
Other fans have called for the President Kagame intervention for the issue to be sorted out by those concerned.
“The last time the Amavubi played a game was in March this year when they played and lost 3-0 to Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers, for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers we lost to Libya by 4-2 on aggregate because of lack of enough preparations for the time,” Jean Marie Kwizera another Amavubi fan claims.
A win for Amavubi against India Ocean Archipelago Island will see Rwanda through as one of the 14 winners in the qualification playoff to join the continental top ranked 26 teams, which have been exempted from the preliminary stage of the long road to Qatar.