Rwanda Men’s senior football team, Amavubi technical team has summoned twenty four players to begin a short camp on Sunday ahead of the scheduled play-off match of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship finals against Ethiopia to be played next month.
Rwanda will face Ethiopia in a play-off to decide who replaces Egypt in the 2018 African Nations Championship which is set to take place next January in Morocco.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to confirm the exact date and venue when this match will be decided but a verbal communication on the occurance of the game has been passed on to the FERWAFA President Nzamwita Vincent by CAF President Ahmad.
According to FERWAFA President, Nzamwita who is also a member of the organizing committee of the CHAN tournament, the play-off tie is proposed to be played next month ahead of the drawing ceremony due in Morocco on November 17, 2017.
As Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) awaits the official communication from CAF which will be indicating the actual date and venue of this crucial play-off, Amavubi team technical team has decided to summon a 24-man squad for a short camp as a way of holding early preparations and getting to know the key players who will be earmarked for the must-win game.
The provisional squad will join camp on Sunday evening after the climax of match day 4 of the Azam Rwanda Premier League.
The summoned squad has some new faces namely; centre back Usengimana Faustin, left back Rutanga Eric and forward Imanishimwe Djabel, all featuring for Rayon Sports Fc.
New to the squad is also APR Fc’s midfielder Hakizimana Muhadjiri, Police Fc duo of Nizeyimana Mirafa and Ndayishimiye Celestin who last featured for Amavubi during 2016 CHAN finals and 2017 Afcon qualifiers, APR Fc’s entertaining forward Maxime Sekamana and SC Kiyovu Nizeyimana Djuma.
The Amavubi team summoned by head coach Antoine Hey will hold a four-day short camp at La Palisse Hotel in Nyandungu and hold their training sessions at Amahoro Stadium from October 30 to November 1 under the tutelage of head coach Antoine Hey.
Egypt withdrew drew from taking part in the 2018 African Nations Championship last Sunday. The development came after Morocco had replaced Kenya as the hosts of the 2018 CHAN after Kenya was stripped of the rights to host the competition.
In August, Rwanda missed out a place in next year’s CHAN Morocco finals as they lost to Uganda 3-2 on aggregate.
Amavubi Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ndayishimiye Eric (Rayon Sports Fc), Nzarora Marcel (Police Fc) and Kimenyi Yves (APR Fc)
Defenders: Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports Fc), Usengimana Faustin (Rayon Sports Fc), Kayumba Soter (AS Kigali), Ndayishimiye Celestin (Police Fc), Iradukunda Eric (AS Kigali), Herve Rugwiro (APR Fc), Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports Fc) and Nyandwi Sadam (Rayon Sports Fc)
Midfielders: Bizimana Djihad (APR Fc), Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports Fc), Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports Fc), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR Fc), Nshimiyimana Amran (APR Fc), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali) and Nizeyimana Mirafa (Police Fc).
Forwards: Mico Justin (Police Fc), Imanishimwe Djabel (Rayon Sports Fc), Biramahire Abeddy (Police Fc), Nshuti Innocent (APR Fc), Nizeyimana Djuma (SC Kiyovu) and Sekamana Maxime (APR FC).