The National U-20 football team bowed out of qualifiers for the Africa Nations finals on Saturday after they were held to 1-1 draw in Lusaka.
Zambia will now face either Burundi or Sudan in the third and final round of qualifiers.
The African champions Zambia progressed to with a 3-1 aggregate win over Vincent Mashami's youngsters who lost the first-leg 2-0 a fortnight ago at Kigali Stadium.
In Saturday's clash at Nkoloma Stadium, both played a balanced and calm game at the beginning with no major threats at either side. Rwanda came close to taking the lead through Christian Nishimwe but his set piece was parried for a corner.
After 28 minutes, forward Gilbert Nshimyumuremyi surprised goalie Prince Bwalya with a wide range banger but his shot hit the crossbar before the two youthful sides went for a break still goalless.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Mwiya Malumo put the host ahead which was cancelled out by Belgium-based Samuel Guellette in the 73rd minute.
With 5 minutes to play, Zambia had a chance to take the lead for a second time but Francisco Mwepu's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Fiacre Ntwari.
The visitors ended the 1-all draw with one man down after skipper Prince Buregeya was sent off in injury time for a foul.
Rwanda's Junior Wasps face hosts and holders Zambia in the return leg of the second round of the Africa U-20 Qualifiers in Lusaka.
Rwanda head into the match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka needing to score at least three unanswered goals to keep their interest in the race to Niger alive after suffering their first 0-2 defeat of the qualifiers at the hands of Zambia.
“We have to give our best on Saturday, our very best. We learned from our mistakes and weaknesses in the first leg, we have to do better now,” Mashami told Saturday Sport from Zambia on Friday.
But Rwanda will be without midfielder Protais Sindambiwe who is suspended after he was sent-off in the first leg.
Zambia Assistant Coach, Charles Bwale, said they are hoping to give their fans a display worthy of champions as the new boys attempt to qualify after winning the continental championship as hosts just across town at National Heroes Stadium in March last year.
“We have done well away, a game that is now water under the bridge, and are now coming home to play with this two-goal cushion,” Bwale told CAFOnline.com.
“It is a game we need to win in front of our home fans but we also ask our fans to be patient as it will be a new experience for this one month old team playing at home.”
Zambia head into the match with some good news after an injury scare for striker Francisco Mwepu, who scored a brace in the first leg.
“Mwepu is well and just had a minor knock and the Medical team say he is now okay for Saturday,” Bwale said.
The champions have no suspensions heading into the final leg although midfielder Muma Mumba and striker Lameck Banda are carrying cautions each from the first leg.
The winner over both legs will hosts Sudan or Burundi in the final round for a place at the final tournament scheduled for 2-17 February 2019 in Niger. Burundi and Sudan settled for a 1-1 in the first leg last week.
Friday, 18 May 2018
Cameroon vs Uganda (1-1, *Cameroon win 5-4 on post-match penalties)
Saturday, 19 May 2018
Guinea vs Mauritania (0-1)
Cote d'Ivoire vs Gabon (0-3)
Zambia vs Rwanda (2-0)
Egypt vs Senegal (0-0)
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Ghana vs Algeria (0-0)
Nigeria vs Guinea Bissau (2-2)
Benin vs Gambia (1-2)
Libya vs Burkina Faso (1-3)
Sudan vs Burundi (1-1)
Mali vs Tanzania (2-1)
South Africa vs Mozambique (1-1)
Angola vs Malawi (2-1)
Congo vs Botswana (1-1)
Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 24 Fixtures
Saturday, May 19
Kirehe FC vs Sunrise FC (Kirehe Grounds)
Police FC vs Espoir FC (Kicukiro Stadium)
Sunday, May 20
Rayon Sports FC vs Etincelles FC (Stade de Kigali)
Miroplast FC vs Musanze FC (Mironko Grounds)
Bugesera FC vs Marines FC (Postponed)
Gicumbi FC vs Mukura VS (Gicumbi)
Monday, May 21
APR FC vs Amagaju FC (Stade de Kigali)
Tuesday, May 22
SC Kiyovu vs AS Kigali (Stade Mumena)
Women Football League, First & Second Division League Matches
Match Day 12 Fixtures
AS Kigali WFC vs Gakenke WFC (Stade de Kigali, 13h00)
ES Mutunda WFC vs Scandinavia WFC (Mutunda, 15h00)
Rambura WFC vs Bugesera WFC (Rambura, 15h00)
Kamonyi WFC vs Inyemera WFC (Remera Rukoma, 15h00)
1. Nibagwire Anne (Scandinavia WFC)-12
2. Iradukunda Callixte (AS Kigali)-11
3. Mukeshimana Dorothe (AS Kigali)-9
4. Abimana Djamila (Scandinavia WFC)-8
5. Mushimiyimana Marie Claire (Scandinavia)-7
6. Umwariwase Duja (AS Kigali)-7
Second Division League
Match Day 14 Fixtures
Ndabuc WFC vs Gatsibo WFC (Ngoma, 15h00)
Nasho WFC vs Imanzi WFC (Nasho, 14h00)
Youvia WFC (Rest)
AS Kabuye WFC (Rest)
Rwamagana WFC vs Rugende WFC (Rwamagana, 15h00)
Rayon Sports and Young Africans of Tanzania played out a goalless draw on Wednesday night at Uwanja wa Taifa in Dar es Salaam to register their second draw in two games played so far in Group D of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Rayon Sports created a lot of goal opportunities but were too wasteful. A win could have propelled them to second place level on four points with leaders USM Alger of Algeria. The latter also shared spoils with Kenya's Gor Mahia in a 0-0 draw in Nairobi yesterday.
Five-time CECAFA Kagame Cup winners, Young Africans, also known as Yanga, produced a number of clear chances to take the lead, including Obrey Chirwa's woodwork in the 68th minute but goalie Eric Ndayishimiye's defence, led by Thierry Manzi, was alert to clear the threats
However, the visitors had most failed attempts. Only Malian forward Ismaila Diarra had four goal scoring occasions in the first half and three in second, but failed to convert any of them before he was substituted in the 74th minute, and replaced by Christ Mbondi.
The Blues could have broken the deadlock in the 75th through youngster Kevin Muhire but had his effort denied by goalkeeper Youthe Rostand.
Ivan Minneart's side also had two goals disallowed by the linesmen, first by Diarra in the first half, and then Hussein ‘Tchabalala' Shaban's chip in the second half.
After registering their second group draw, Rayon will play their next game against USM Alger, while Young Africans will be hosting Gor Mahia.
The Algerian giants' top Group D table with 4 points after two games, Gor Mahia and Rayon are second and third with two points apiece, while Young Africans are bottom with one point.
Young Africans 0-0 Rayon
Gor Mahia 0-0 USM Alger
Azam Rwanda Premier League, Match Day 23 Results
May 15, 2018
Musanze FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Postponed)
May 16, 2018
Espoir FC 2-0 Kirehe FC
Sunrise FC 2-0 Bugesera FC
Police FC 1-0 Gicumbi FC
May 17, 2018
Etincelles FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Umuganda)
Amagaju FC vs Miroplast FC (Nyagisenyi)
Mukura VS vs APR FC (Stade Huye)
Match Day 23 Suspensions
1.Mubumbyi Barnabe (Bugesera FC)
2.Wilondja Jacques (Espoir FC)
3.Simpenzwe Hamidou (Espoir FC)
4.Niyonkuru Ramadhan (Musanze FC)
5.Majyambere Alype (Musanze FC)
6.Tuyisenge Hamim (Etincelles FC)
7.Nshimiyimana Aboubacar (Gicumbi FC)
8.Habamahoro Vincent (SC Kiyovu)
Rwanda National Under-20 team, Junior Wasps, leave for Lusaka tonight ahead of the return leg of the second round of the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa U-20 Nations Championships which will be played on Saturday.
The Rwandan delegation departs Kigali International Airport aboard RwandAir at 22:50 on Wednesday night and is expected to arrive in Lusaka at 1:10am on Thursday.
The Junior Wasps held their final training session under the tutelage of head coach Mashami Vincent at Amahoro Stadium on Wednesday morning.
Speaking after the training session, Mashami said, “We have finished the training session with no injury worries in the squad. We are heading into the return leg with a 2-0 goal deficit which we have to ensure that we overcome positively. It will not be an easy task but I still believe it's possible to win away and be able to reach the next round,”
Rwanda will be without suspended forward Protais Sindambiwe who has been given a two-match ban following poor misconduct during the first leg match played last week in Kigali.
Rwanda lost the first leg tie against Zambia in a game where youngster Francisco Mwepu scored twice as the reigning African champions launched their campaign on a positive note and brightened their chances of reaching the third and final round of qualifies for the 2019 Africa U-20 Nations Championships, scheduled for February 24 through March 10 in Niger.
For Rwanda to progress, they will have to defeat Zambia in the second leg by a score margin greater than two goals and more if they concede in Lusaka.
Travelling Squad: Cuzuzo Gael, Ntwali Fiacre, Uwineza Aime Placide, Songayingabo Shaffi, Buregeya Prince, Ndayishimiye Thierry, Ishimwe Christian, Mugisha Patrick, Nshimiyimana Marc Govin, Nshimyumuremyi Gilbert, Dylan Maes Georges, Francis
Gueulette Samuel Leopold Marie, Nyilinkindi Saleh, Bonane Janvier, Cyitegetse Bogarde, Byiringiro Lague, Ishimwe Sareh and Byukusenge Yakuba
Technical Staff: Nshimiyimana Alexis Redamptus (Head of Delegation), Mashami Vincent (Head Coach), Rwasamanzi Yves (Assistant Coach), Mugabo Alexis (GK Coach), Nuhu Assuman (Doctor), Nzeyimana Felix (Team Manager) and Tuyisenge Eric (Kit Manager)
Rwandan league champions Rayon Sports Fc arrived in Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam early this morning ahead of tomorrow's second Group D game in CAF Confederation Cup.
Rayon Sports Fc and Young Africans face each other on Wednesday at 18h00 at the 60,000-seater Tanzania National Stadium.
Rwanda started the group stage campaign on a positive note registering a 1-all draw against Kenya's Gor Mahia at Stade de Kigali on May 6.
The Tanzanian champions are winless in their last seven matches and suffered an away 4-0 mauling at the hands of Group D leaders USM Alger of Algeria.
Heading into the encounter, Rayon Sports FC coach Ivan Minnaert said, “We will go into Wednesday's game with a mission of securing a win. Yanga is a tricky side depending on recent performances but we will try to ensure that we secure the needed away result,”
Yanga, having surrendered their Tanzanian league title to rivals Simba, have lately been battling a series of challenges, including poor results on the pitch and a player protest over unpaid dues.
Rayon Sport FC is expected to hold their official pre-match training session today at the National Stadium of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.
In another Group D encounter, Gor Mahia will host USM Alger of Algeria on Wednesday at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
Full 18-player squad
Goalkeepers: Kassim Ndayisenga and Eric ‘Bakame' Ndayishimiye
Defenders: Thierry Manzi, Eric Irambona, Ange Mutsinzi, Gabriel Mugabo and Saddam Nyandwi
Midfielders: François ‘Master' Mugisha, Pierrot Kwizera, Eric Rutanga, Yassin Mugume and Djabel Manishimwe.
Forwards: Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana, Hussein Tchabalala Shaban, Ismaila Diarra and Yannick Mukunzi.