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Amavubi embark on intensive preps ahead of Guinea clash

Posted on Oct 02 2018

The national senior men’s football team, Amavubi, kick off their preparations for the upcoming two-legged tie against Guinea Conakry this afternoon at Amahoro National Stadium.

Rwanda and Guinea are part of the four-team Group H in the ongoing qualifiers of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be staged in Cameroon.

Guinea will host the first-leg at Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on October 12 before Kigali Stadium hosts the return-leg between the two sides four days later.

The 27-man largely youthful team, which was named last Wednesday, is in the hand of Vincent Mashami, who was appointed to the head coach role in August. The team had a light recovery session on Monday at their team camp, Golden Tulip La Palisse Hotel in Nyamata, Bugesera District.

Mashami will conduct today’s training session scheduled to be held at Amahoro Stadium at 15:00 without APR Fc and Mukura VS players who are preparing for Saturday’s Super Cup Match due to be held at Stade Umuganda.

Of the 27 players comprising the provisional squad, only seven ply their trades in foreign leagues. They include; Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya), skipper Haruna Niyonzima and Meddie Kagere (Simba SC, Tanzania), Olivier Kwizera (Free State Stars, South Africa), Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize, Belgium), Djihad Bizimana (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium) and Dany Usengimana (Tersana SC, Egypt).

Usengimana has already joined camp while Tuyisenge, Kagere, Haruna and Kwizera are expected to join camp this weekend.

Belgium-based duo of Nirisarike and Bizimana will link up with the team on Conakry on October 9, 2018, the same day when Amavubi will be arriving in Guinea for the crucial clash due on October 12.

The team will be training twice a day till October 8 when they will be departing for Conakry.

Ivory Coast and the Central African Republic are the other Group H members.

After two match rounds, Guinea tops the group standings with six points, three points ahead of second and third-placed Ivory Coast and CAR. Rwanda is at the bottom without a single point.

Photo: From L-R; Jean Claude Iranzi, Muhadjiri Hakizimana, Herve Rugwiro, Kevin Muhire and Dany Usengimana are all part of the 27-man Amavubi squad currently in camp in Bugesera. They are seen here in a training session at Kigali Stadium last month.
Source: editorial@newtimes.co.rw | Additional reporting: Ferwafa.rw

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