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FIFA Futuro III Referees Instructors' Course begins in Kigali

By Mugabe

A six-day FIFA Futuro III Referees course for technical and fitness instructors got underway today, Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Kigali City, Rwanda.

The Futuro III Referee course for beginners (technical and fitness) instructors which has attracted 32 instructors from 25 English speaking African countries will climax on August 23 at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali City with Rwanda being represented by Kabanyana Scovia.

The second course due from August 25 to 30 will attract 40 advanced technical and 27 fitness instructors attracting 67 participants from 25 English speaking African countries.

With the purpose of creating consistency in instruction and interpretation, the event is sponsored by the FIFA Referee Assistance Program (RAP).

The Vice President of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Marcel Habyarimana launched the gathering by welcoming the participants on behalf of FERWAFA president Sekamana Jean Damascene.

The two courses will be facilitated by FIFA's Senior Manager of FIFA refereeing department Manuel Navaro and CAF's Refereeing Manager Maillet Eddie Guyto.

Other Refereeing experts expected to guide the participants throughout the course include CAF Executive Committee Member from Gabon Mounguengui Pierre Alain, FIFA and CAF Regional Development Officers Nkubito Athanase from Rwanda and Damon Kelvyn Jerome from South Africa, FIFA instructors Lim Kee Chong An Yan from Mauritius, Tangawarima Onias Felix from Zimbabwe, Mzengo Ephraim Mark from Malawi, Ahmed Ali Mohamed from Djibouti, Henriques Carlos Carlos from South Africa, Mbacke Mademba from Senegal, NavessE Bento Tomas from Mozambique, Abd Elfattah Essam El Din from Egypt, Doue Noumandiez Desiré from Cote d'Ivoire and Bultynck Jean Baptist from Belgium.

A distinctive feature this year was the Introduction of new digital platforms to help generate more efficient ways of instructing and testing referees. Additional items requiring thorough review included the latest concepts on education and assessment, the expanded on-line database for use in preparing teaching materials, plus the updated FIFA Fitness Test Requirements.
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CECAFA U-15 Cup: Hat-trick for Irahamye as Rwanda edge South Sudan in Group B

By Mugabe

Forward Irahamye Eric netted a hat-trick to help Rwanda defeated South Sudan in their first Group B game on Saturday at the on-going CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup in Asmara, Eritrea.

After a dull first half, Yves Rwamasanzi's side improved their game plan with Irahamye playing a central forward role, replacing Mugisha Edrick Kenny who had to be substuted by Irakoze Jean Paul.

With good combination from Niyogisubizo Asante Sana and Hoziyana Kenedy, Irahamye thrice benefited from poor defending of South Sudan to score brilliant goals in the 43rd, 73rd and 79th minutes which earned Rwanda a perfect start.

Rwanda coach Yves Rwasamanzi praised the boys for the good start despite a sluggish first half performance. He said, ‘We didn't play to our best in the first half with boys losing so many balls but managed to return back stronger in the second half. We take some pivotal lessons which will help us to improve our performance in the second game,'

In the first game of the day, Uganda defeated Ethiopia 3-0 with striker Devis Ogwal scoring a brace while Abasi Kyeyune scored the other goal for the Ugandan side.

Uganda and Rwanda now topple Group B with three points each while South Sudan and Ethiopia lie bottom of the log pointless.

Action continues on Sunday with Group A action where Sudan face Kenya at 13:00 while Burundi takes on Somalia at 15:30.

Rwanda will be in action again on Wednesday, against Ethiopia then take on Tanzania on Friday, August 23 and wind up with a tie against neighbors Uganda on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The top two teams from each group will automatically qualify to the semis, set to be played on August 28, while the final has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, in Asmara.

CECAFA Kagame Cup 2019
Friday, August 17, 2019
Match Day 2 Results
Group B

Rwanda 3-0 South Sudan
Uganda 3-0 Ethiopia

Group A
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sudan vs Kenya (Asmara, 1:00pm)
Burundi vs Somalia (Asmara, 15:30)
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Rwanda U15s begin CECAFA Cup hunt against South Sudan

By Mugabe

The Rwanda U15 National team will take on South Sudan in the opening match of Group B of the CECAFA U-15 Championships on Saturday, August 17, 15:30 at Asmara International Stadium in Eritrea.

The tournament witnessed the withdrawal of Djibouti earlier in the week and has been reorganized into two groups with five teams each.

Initially, the teams had been divided into three groups with Djibouti pooled in Group C alongside Sudan and Tanzania.

The new changes have seen Sudan and Tanzania added to Groups A and B respectively this forming two groups of five teams each.

Following the reorganized draw, Group A will comprise of Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia and hosts Eritrea while Group B now has Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

It is now all systems go in Group B on Saturday following a successful Group A action on Friday.

The Junior Wasps face South Sudan in the second game of the day which will be played after Uganda-Ethiopia action due at 1pm local time.

Rwanda will then take on Ethiopia next week on Wednesday, August 21, face Tanzania on Friday, August 23 and wind up with a tie against neighbors Uganda on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The top two teams from each group will automatically qualify to the semis, set to be played on August 28, while the final has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, in Asmara.

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Group A: Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia
Group B: Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania

Friday Results
Kenya 3-1 Somalia
Eritrea 1-2 Burundi

Rwanda's Group B Fixtures
Saturday, August 17

Rwanda vs South Sudan (Asmara Stadium, 15:30)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Ethiopia vs Rwanda (Asmara Stadium, 15:30)

Friday, August 23, 2019
Tanzania vs Rwanda (Asmara Stadium, 1pm)

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Rwanda vs Uganda (Asmara Stadium, 15:30)
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Rwanda names final squad for CECAFA U-15 Tournament

By Mugabe

Rwanda U-15 National Team head coach Yves Rwasamanzi has named a final 20-youth squad which will represent the country at the CECAFA U-15 Tournament due to kick-off on Friday in Asmara, Eritrea.

Rwanda is been placed in Group B of the CECAFA Under-15 Tournament and quest for honours begin against South Sudan on August 17 after which they face Ethiopia on August 20 before wrapping up the group stages on August 24 against Uganda.

The inaugural tournament is to help the region prepare for the Under 17 AFCON qualifiers that start early next year.

The team departs Kigali on Thursday morning (01:00) for Eritrea aboard Ethiopian Airways with expected arrival in Asmara due at 12:00. In Asmara, they will be residing at Expo Hotel alongside Kenya who arrive din the country on Tuesday.

Early today, FERWAFA President Sekamana Jean Damascene met the national team and urged players to represent the country well by staging triumphant performances, maintain discipline and be focused in their scheduled matches.

During today's press conference, the National U-15 Team Head Coach Yves Rwasamanzi said, 'We thank a lot FERWAFA for giving us an opportunity to participate in CECAFA Challenge Cup U-15 because not all countries will be there. We authorities to keep up this way by supporting youth football,'

'We are going to Eritrea not only to prepare the future national team of Rwanda's U-17 Team which shall compete in the next edition of AFCON U-17 Tournament but also to compete for the title because it has been a long time since Rwanda won an international/regional football tournament,' added Rwasamanzi.

The FERWAFA General Secretary said, 'Participating in CECAFA U-15 Tournament conforms to our youth development strategy whose foundation is to nurture talented players from young ages. This is the opportunity for us to prepare a team which represent Rwanda in upcoming tournaments from the Under-17 level,'

'We are committed to setting up a strategy of making a following up these crop of players who are going in Eritrea and other talented players who were selected in the just concluded FERWAFA Youth Competitions,'

Pool C, which has three teams including Tanzania, Sudan and Djibouti, will produce only two teams to join those in pool A and either Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan in Pool B.

Hosts Eritrea last staged a Cecafa tournament in 2010 on the occasion of the Under-20 Challenge Cup. The new tournament, to be sponsored by the “Fifa Forward Programme” initiative, will be the first under-15 tournament to be staged in Africa.

The top three teams in Pools A and B will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia have already in Asmara to join hosts Eritrea. Expected to arrive on Thursday include Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Rwanda Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Nshimiyimana Christian and Byiringiro James

Defenders: Ishimwe Veryzion, Mbonyamahoro Selieux, Niyonkuru Fiston, Nshuti Samuel, Kagimbra Byiringiro Benon, Fumbia Charles, Ishimwe Moise

Midfielders: Iradukunda Siradji, Mwizerwa Eric, Hoziyana Kennedy, Iradukunda Pacifique, Niyogisubizo Asante Sana, Sibomana Sultan Bobo, Irakoze Jean Paul and Niyo David

Forwards: Irahamye Eric, Uwizeyimana Celestin and Mugisha Edrick Kenny

Technical Staff: Rwasamanzi Yves (Head Coach), Gatera Musa (Assistant Coach), Kabalisa Calliope (Goalkeeper Coach), Tuyishime Jean Claude (Phyisio), Ntarengwa Aimable (Team Administrator), Tuyisenge Eric (Kit Manager) and Higiro Jean Pierre (Team Doctor)
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CAF Champions League: Rayon Sports opens campaign with a draw against Al Hilal

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports Fc opened their 2019/20 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-1 home against Sudanese club, Al Hilal Club in the first leg of the preliminary round played on Sunday at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City.

The Blues looked on course for a home victory after Michael Sarpong's 20th minute strike but the visitors ensured the game ended level after they equalize six minutes later with a Nazar Hamid Nassir effort.

Rayon Sports secured several chances which could have changed the end result of the game but could not utilize them with Sarpong, Jules Uliwengu and Mugisha Gilbert being the main culprits.

With the result, Rayon Sports will be keen to secure an aggregate victory in the return leg due on August 25 in Khartoum to go through as a goalless draw will see the Sudan giants progressing to the first round.
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CAF Champions League: Rwandan giants Rayon Sports face Al Hilal

By Mugabe

Rwandan giants Rayon Sports start their 2019-20 CAF Champions League campaign against Al Hilal of Sudan on Sunday, expecting to register a brilliant start before jetting off for the second leg in a fortnight.

Kick-off between Rayon Sports FC and Al Hilal of Sudan at Stade de Kigali is due at 15:00.

According to Brazilian Roberto Oliveira Goncalves do Carmo, Rayon Sports are focused on winning every game they play in the competition in order to reach their target.

“We want to win all our matches in our campaign, so that we qualify for the next stage because we aim to reach far, try to replicate our performances in 2018,” added Roberto.

Rayon Sports striker, Michel Sarpong is confident he will score goals that will give his side a win against Sudanese team Al Hilal.

“I am well aware that scoring goals will contribute in defeating our opponents and I am quite confident that I can score them but it will have to be a team performance because we shouldn't concede goals too,” the 23-year-old said told Times Sport.

Sarpong scored 20 goals last season which helped to propel his club to league glory and he will be looking to recuperate that same form.

The Ghanaian joined the Blues in September 2018 and has so far been voted the club's Player of the Month twice, in October 2018 and January this year, making him the only player to win the accolade twice this season.

This is second time Rayon Sports will be playing against Al Hilal. In the 1994, both side meet in the Caf Champions League, in the first leg Al Hilal won 1-0 but the blues thrashed their opponents 4-1 in the return leg in Kigali.

Al Hilal head coach Salah Mohamed Adam has warned his team that any defensive lapses will be severely punished by Rayon Sports.

Adam said he is aware of Rayon's quick counter attacks and that he is designing a way of countering that but also added that his scouting had showed that Rayon Sports concedes many goals, something he promised his team intends to capitalize on.

“They are very dangerous especially in attack and we have to defend well to cut those attacks. They generally play quick passing football. However I noted they are not very solid defensively and that's a weakness we will have to capitalize on,” he noted.

Rayon Sports strikers like Burundian Jules Ulimwengu and Ghanaian Michel Sarpong who scored 20 and 16 goals each last season will be the club's main threat as they target to get an edge for the return leg slated for later this month

Rayon Sports needs a win in the first leg and avoid conceding goals in their return leg match to have a chance of progressing to the next round which will both play away.

Meanwhile, Saturday, 10 August saw 12 CAF Champions League preliminary round, first-leg matches played across Africa, with the biggest result coming from Nigeria, where Kano Pillars defeated Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko in a five-goal thriller.

Masu Gida won 3-2 at home, with strikes from Paul Hillary, Rabiu Ali and Nyima Nekabari, yet the away goals from Justices Blay and Godfed Asiamah means the Porcupine Warriors remain very much in contention ahead of their home leg in Ghana in two weeks' time.

The other Nigerian team in action on Saturday was two-time African champions Enyimba, who succumbed 1-0 away to Rahimo of Burkina Faso, while another former winner of the competition, South Africa's Orlando Pirates, lost by the same score at Zambia's Green Eagles.

The highest-scoring game of the day came from the Gambia, where Brikama United held Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca 3-3 - Badr Banoun netted a brace for the North African side, who had to come from 3-1 down to ensure they enter their home leg with the aggregate score on level terms.

Uganda's KCCA suffered a setback in their hopes of advancing, as goals from Amseb Ambrosius and Ibroihim Youssouf (two) gave Namibia's African Stars a 3-2 win in Windhoek, and Angola's Primeiro de Agosto have taken a major stride toward the next round by winning 2-0 away to Zanzibar's KMKM.

Zambia's Zesco United have done the same with their 2-0 win in Swaziland against Green Mamba, while Tanzanian giants Simba and Young Africans drew against Mozambique's UD Songo (0-0 away) and Botswana's Township Rollers (1-1 home) respectively.

Malawi's Big Bullets and Platinum of Zimbabwe drew 0-0, Equatorial Guinea's Cano Sport beat Mekelle 70 of Ethiopia 2-1 at home and the day's final result was a 1-1 draw between Stade Malien and Guinea's Horoya, with the latter's away goal netted by Godfred Asante.

The Champions League continues with 15 further preliminary round, first-leg matches across Africa on Sunday 11 August.

2019/202 CAF Champions League
Sunday, 11 August 2019

Tempete Mocaf (Central African Rep.) vs El Nasr (Libya)
Buffles (Benin) vs ASCK (Togo)
UMS de Loum (Cameroon) vs AS Vita (DR Congo)
Rayon Sport (Rwanda) vs El Hilal (Sudan)
Aigle Noir (Burundi) vs Gor Mahia (Kenya)
*Atlabara (South Sudan) vs Al Ahly (Egypt) - *Match will be played in Egypt
*Dekadaha (Somalia) vs Zamalek (Egypt) - *Match will be played in Egypt
LPRC Oilers (Liberia) vs Generation Foot (Senegal)
Hafia (Guinea) vs Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Matlama (Lesotho) vs Petro Atletico (Angola)
Fomboni (Comoros) vs Cote D'Or (Seychelles)
AS Otoho (Congo) vs Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
SOA (Cote d'Ivoire) vs Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
CMS (Gabon) vs Elect Sport (Chad)
Fosa Juniors (Madagascar) vs Pamplemousses (Mauritius)
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CAF Confederation Cup: AS Kigali held by KMC in Kigali

By Mugabe

AS Kigali were were held to a goalless draw by Tanzanian side KMC in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round tie on Saturday at Stade de Kigali.

The draw at home now leaves Kigali City sponsored side with all to do in the return leg in Dar es Salaam on August 23 if they are to retain any hopes of progressing to the first round of qualification. AS Kigali must now win away from home or earn a scoring draw to proceed.

Both sides had minimal chances of finding the net, something the Rwandan side has to address if they are to reach the next round.

The winner between AS Kigali and KMC will play either Uganda's Proline FC or Malawi's Masters Security Service in the next stage.

Proline thumped Masters Security 3-0 in Kampala in one of the other matches played on Saturday.

The Ugandan side will head into the return match with a huge advantage after winning easily at home. Ivan Bogere's hat-trick was enough to give Proline FC a 3-0 win against visitors Masters Security of Malawi in a Caf Confederation Cup match on Saturday.

CAF Confederation Cup Results
Saturday, 10 August 2019

AS Kigali (Rwanda) 0-0 KMC (Tanzania)
Proline FC (Uganda) 3-0 Masters Security (Malawi)
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CAF Confederation Cup: AS Kigali begins quest against KMC

By Mugabe

Rwandan Peace Cup holders AS Kigali begins a tough Confederation Cup preliminary round tie against Kinondoni Municipal Council football club of Tanzania, with the first leg at home on Saturday, August 10 at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City.

Kick-Off is at 15:00.

It will be a stern early test of their potential, coming up against a side very much on the rise following their performances in last month CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament.

Without their new recruits led by Amavubi skipper Haruna Niyonzima and Eric Ndayishimiye due to their club's failure to secure their FIFA International Transfer Certificate, ITC ahead of the registration deadline, Coach Eric Nshimiyimana remains adamant that the club will register a good result in the first leg tie.

Speaking to local media, Nshimiyimana said, “We will miss them but we have good cover. Right now the mood and confidence in the team is high,”

AS Kigali need to win the tie and avoid conceding goals in their first leg match to have a chance of progressing to the next round pending on any goalless draws in the return leg in two weeks' time.

KMC, Tanzania's second representative in the Total CAF Confederation Cup are participating at the continental level for the first time ever after finishing fourth last season.

Former Uganda Cranes coach Jackson Mayanja wants a favorable result in the first leg before they can finish the off the game in the return leg due on August 23 in Dar es Salaam.

“We are here to register a good result before we take them on in the return leg. I am confident we can win and go through to the first round,” added Mayanja.

The winner between AS Kigali and KMC will play either Uganda's Proline FC or Malawi's Masters Security Service in the next stage.

CAF Confederation Cup Fixtures
Saturday, 10 August 2019

AS Kigali (Rwanda) vs KMC (Tanzania)
ASC SNIM (Mauritania) vs ESAE (Benin)
Pelican (Gabon) vs Maniema (DR Congo)
*Mogadishu City (Somalia) vs Malindi (Zanzibar)
Akonangui (Equatorial Guinea) vs Ashantigold (Ghana)
Niger Tornadoes (Nigeria) vs Santoba (Guinea)
Buildcon (Zambia) vs Young Buffaloes (Eswatini)
Proline (Uganda) vs Masters Security (Malawi)
Bandari (Kenya) vs Ahly Shandy (Sudan)
CR Belouizdad (Algeria) vs Coton Tchad (Chad)
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KU BABYIFUZA BOSE

By Mugabe

KU BABYIFUZA BOSE

Ishyirahamwe ry'umupira w'amaguru mu Rwanda (FERWAFA), riramenyesha umuntu wese cyangwa sosiyete bafite ubushobozi mu gushakira siporo cyane cyane umupira w'amaguru abafatanyabikorwa, kugeza ubusabe bwabo bwo gukorana na FERWAFA mu gushaka abafatanyabikorwa muri gahunda zayo. Amabaruwa yandikiwe Umunyamabanga Mukuru wa FERWAFA agezwa ku kicaro cya FERWAFA cyangwa akoherezwa kuri [email protected]

INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) calls any capable person or legal entity specialized in sports marketing especially football to express their interest in partnering with FERWAFA in its quest to have sponsors for all organized competitions. Interested candidates should submit their letters of intent addressed to the FERWAFA General Secretary to FERWAFA reception or via [email protected]

MANIFESTATION D'INTERET

Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA), appelle toute personne morale ou physique spécialisée en marketing de sports de manifester leur intérêt de partenariat avec la FERWAFA dans le but d'avoir beaucoup de sponsors pour toutes ses compétitions. Les candidats intéressés sont priés de déposer leurs lettres adressées au Secrétaire Général de la FERWAFA au bureau de la FERWAFA ou par e-mail [email protected]

UWAYEZU F. Regis
Secretary General /FERWAFA

Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association

Rwanda U15s begin CECAFA Cup hunt against South Sudan

By Mugabe

The Rwanda U15 National team will take on South Sudan in the opening match of Group B of the CECAFA U-15 Championships on Saturday, August 17, 15:30 at Asmara International Stadium in Eritrea.

The tournament witnessed the withdrawal of Djibouti earlier in the week and has been reorganized into two groups with five teams each.

Initially, the teams had been divided into three groups with Djibouti pooled in Group C alongside Sudan and Tanzania.

The new changes have seen Sudan and Tanzania added to Groups A and B respectively this forming two groups of five teams each.

Following the reorganized draw, Group A will comprise of Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia and hosts Eritrea while Group B now has Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

It is now all systems go in Group B on Saturday following a successful Group A action on Friday.

The Junior Wasps face South Sudan in the second game of the day which will be played after Uganda-Ethiopia action due at 1pm local time.

Rwanda will then take on Ethiopia next week on Wednesday, August 21, face Tanzania on Friday, August 23 and wind up with a tie against neighbors Uganda on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The top two teams from each group will automatically qualify to the semis, set to be played on August 28, while the final has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, in Asmara.

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Group A: Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia
Group B: Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania

Friday Results
Kenya 3-1 Somalia
Eritrea vs Burundi

Rwanda's Group B Fixtures
Saturday, August 17

Rwanda vs South Sudan (Asmara Stadium, 15:30)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Ethiopia vs Rwanda (Asmara Stadium, 15:30)

Friday, August 23, 2019
Tanzania vs Rwanda (Asmara Stadium, 1pm)

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Rwanda vs Uganda (Asmara Stadium, 15:30)
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Rwanda names final squad for CECAFA U-15 Tournament

By Mugabe

Rwanda U-15 National Team head coach Yves Rwasamanzi has named a final 20-youth squad which will represent the country at the CECAFA U-15 Tournament due to kick-off on Friday in Asmara, Eritrea.

Rwanda is been placed in Group B of the CECAFA Under-15 Tournament and quest for honours begin against South Sudan on August 17 after which they face Ethiopia on August 20 before wrapping up the group stages on August 24 against Uganda.

The inaugural tournament is to help the region prepare for the Under 17 AFCON qualifiers that start early next year.

The team departs Kigali on Thursday morning (01:00) for Eritrea aboard Ethiopian Airways with expected arrival in Asmara due at 12:00. In Asmara, they will be residing at Expo Hotel alongside Kenya who arrive din the country on Tuesday.

Early today, FERWAFA President Sekamana Jean Damascene met the national team and urged players to represent the country well by staging triumphant performances, maintain discipline and be focused in their scheduled matches.

During today's press conference, the National U-15 Team Head Coach Yves Rwasamanzi said, 'We thank a lot FERWAFA for giving us an opportunity to participate in CECAFA Challenge Cup U-15 because not all countries will be there. We authorities to keep up this way by supporting youth football,'

'We are going to Eritrea not only to prepare the future national team of Rwanda's U-17 Team which shall compete in the next edition of AFCON U-17 Tournament but also to compete for the title because it has been a long time since Rwanda won an international/regional football tournament,' added Rwasamanzi.

The FERWAFA General Secretary said, 'Participating in CECAFA U-15 Tournament conforms to our youth development strategy whose foundation is to nurture talented players from young ages. This is the opportunity for us to prepare a team which represent Rwanda in upcoming tournaments from the Under-17 level,'

'We are committed to setting up a strategy of making a following up these crop of players who are going in Eritrea and other talented players who were selected in the just concluded FERWAFA Youth Competitions,'

Pool C, which has three teams including Tanzania, Sudan and Djibouti, will produce only two teams to join those in pool A and either Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan in Pool B.

Hosts Eritrea last staged a Cecafa tournament in 2010 on the occasion of the Under-20 Challenge Cup. The new tournament, to be sponsored by the “Fifa Forward Programme” initiative, will be the first under-15 tournament to be staged in Africa.

The top three teams in Pools A and B will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia have already in Asmara to join hosts Eritrea. Expected to arrive on Thursday include Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Rwanda Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Nshimiyimana Christian and Byiringiro James

Defenders: Ishimwe Veryzion, Mbonyamahoro Selieux, Niyonkuru Fiston, Nshuti Samuel, Kagimbra Byiringiro Benon, Fumbia Charles, Ishimwe Moise

Midfielders: Iradukunda Siradji, Mwizerwa Eric, Hoziyana Kennedy, Iradukunda Pacifique, Niyogisubizo Asante Sana, Sibomana Sultan Bobo, Irakoze Jean Paul and Niyo David

Forwards: Irahamye Eric, Uwizeyimana Celestin and Mugisha Edrick Kenny

Technical Staff: Rwasamanzi Yves (Head Coach), Gatera Musa (Assistant Coach), Kabalisa Calliope (Goalkeeper Coach), Tuyishime Jean Claude (Phyisio), Ntarengwa Aimable (Team Administrator), Tuyisenge Eric (Kit Manager) and Higiro Jean Pierre (Team Doctor)
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CAF Champions League: Rayon Sports opens campaign with a draw against Al Hilal

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports Fc opened their 2019/20 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-1 home against Sudanese club, Al Hilal Club in the first leg of the preliminary round played on Sunday at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City.

The Blues looked on course for a home victory after Michael Sarpong's 20th minute strike but the visitors ensured the game ended level after they equalize six minutes later with a Nazar Hamid Nassir effort.

Rayon Sports secured several chances which could have changed the end result of the game but could not utilize them with Sarpong, Jules Uliwengu and Mugisha Gilbert being the main culprits.

With the result, Rayon Sports will be keen to secure an aggregate victory in the return leg due on August 25 in Khartoum to go through as a goalless draw will see the Sudan giants progressing to the first round.
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CAF Champions League: Rwandan giants Rayon Sports face Al Hilal

By Mugabe

Rwandan giants Rayon Sports start their 2019-20 CAF Champions League campaign against Al Hilal of Sudan on Sunday, expecting to register a brilliant start before jetting off for the second leg in a fortnight.

Kick-off between Rayon Sports FC and Al Hilal of Sudan at Stade de Kigali is due at 15:00.

According to Brazilian Roberto Oliveira Goncalves do Carmo, Rayon Sports are focused on winning every game they play in the competition in order to reach their target.

“We want to win all our matches in our campaign, so that we qualify for the next stage because we aim to reach far, try to replicate our performances in 2018,” added Roberto.

Rayon Sports striker, Michel Sarpong is confident he will score goals that will give his side a win against Sudanese team Al Hilal.

“I am well aware that scoring goals will contribute in defeating our opponents and I am quite confident that I can score them but it will have to be a team performance because we shouldn't concede goals too,” the 23-year-old said told Times Sport.

Sarpong scored 20 goals last season which helped to propel his club to league glory and he will be looking to recuperate that same form.

The Ghanaian joined the Blues in September 2018 and has so far been voted the club's Player of the Month twice, in October 2018 and January this year, making him the only player to win the accolade twice this season.

This is second time Rayon Sports will be playing against Al Hilal. In the 1994, both side meet in the Caf Champions League, in the first leg Al Hilal won 1-0 but the blues thrashed their opponents 4-1 in the return leg in Kigali.

Al Hilal head coach Salah Mohamed Adam has warned his team that any defensive lapses will be severely punished by Rayon Sports.

Adam said he is aware of Rayon's quick counter attacks and that he is designing a way of countering that but also added that his scouting had showed that Rayon Sports concedes many goals, something he promised his team intends to capitalize on.

“They are very dangerous especially in attack and we have to defend well to cut those attacks. They generally play quick passing football. However I noted they are not very solid defensively and that's a weakness we will have to capitalize on,” he noted.

Rayon Sports strikers like Burundian Jules Ulimwengu and Ghanaian Michel Sarpong who scored 20 and 16 goals each last season will be the club's main threat as they target to get an edge for the return leg slated for later this month

Rayon Sports needs a win in the first leg and avoid conceding goals in their return leg match to have a chance of progressing to the next round which will both play away.

Meanwhile, Saturday, 10 August saw 12 CAF Champions League preliminary round, first-leg matches played across Africa, with the biggest result coming from Nigeria, where Kano Pillars defeated Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko in a five-goal thriller.

Masu Gida won 3-2 at home, with strikes from Paul Hillary, Rabiu Ali and Nyima Nekabari, yet the away goals from Justices Blay and Godfed Asiamah means the Porcupine Warriors remain very much in contention ahead of their home leg in Ghana in two weeks' time.

The other Nigerian team in action on Saturday was two-time African champions Enyimba, who succumbed 1-0 away to Rahimo of Burkina Faso, while another former winner of the competition, South Africa's Orlando Pirates, lost by the same score at Zambia's Green Eagles.

The highest-scoring game of the day came from the Gambia, where Brikama United held Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca 3-3 - Badr Banoun netted a brace for the North African side, who had to come from 3-1 down to ensure they enter their home leg with the aggregate score on level terms.

Uganda's KCCA suffered a setback in their hopes of advancing, as goals from Amseb Ambrosius and Ibroihim Youssouf (two) gave Namibia's African Stars a 3-2 win in Windhoek, and Angola's Primeiro de Agosto have taken a major stride toward the next round by winning 2-0 away to Zanzibar's KMKM.

Zambia's Zesco United have done the same with their 2-0 win in Swaziland against Green Mamba, while Tanzanian giants Simba and Young Africans drew against Mozambique's UD Songo (0-0 away) and Botswana's Township Rollers (1-1 home) respectively.

Malawi's Big Bullets and Platinum of Zimbabwe drew 0-0, Equatorial Guinea's Cano Sport beat Mekelle 70 of Ethiopia 2-1 at home and the day's final result was a 1-1 draw between Stade Malien and Guinea's Horoya, with the latter's away goal netted by Godfred Asante.

The Champions League continues with 15 further preliminary round, first-leg matches across Africa on Sunday 11 August.

2019/202 CAF Champions League
Sunday, 11 August 2019

Tempete Mocaf (Central African Rep.) vs El Nasr (Libya)
Buffles (Benin) vs ASCK (Togo)
UMS de Loum (Cameroon) vs AS Vita (DR Congo)
Rayon Sport (Rwanda) vs El Hilal (Sudan)
Aigle Noir (Burundi) vs Gor Mahia (Kenya)
*Atlabara (South Sudan) vs Al Ahly (Egypt) - *Match will be played in Egypt
*Dekadaha (Somalia) vs Zamalek (Egypt) - *Match will be played in Egypt
LPRC Oilers (Liberia) vs Generation Foot (Senegal)
Hafia (Guinea) vs Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Matlama (Lesotho) vs Petro Atletico (Angola)
Fomboni (Comoros) vs Cote D'Or (Seychelles)
AS Otoho (Congo) vs Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
SOA (Cote d'Ivoire) vs Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
CMS (Gabon) vs Elect Sport (Chad)
Fosa Juniors (Madagascar) vs Pamplemousses (Mauritius)
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CAF Confederation Cup: AS Kigali held by KMC in Kigali

By Mugabe

AS Kigali were were held to a goalless draw by Tanzanian side KMC in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round tie on Saturday at Stade de Kigali.

The draw at home now leaves Kigali City sponsored side with all to do in the return leg in Dar es Salaam on August 23 if they are to retain any hopes of progressing to the first round of qualification. AS Kigali must now win away from home or earn a scoring draw to proceed.

Both sides had minimal chances of finding the net, something the Rwandan side has to address if they are to reach the next round.

The winner between AS Kigali and KMC will play either Uganda's Proline FC or Malawi's Masters Security Service in the next stage.

Proline thumped Masters Security 3-0 in Kampala in one of the other matches played on Saturday.

The Ugandan side will head into the return match with a huge advantage after winning easily at home. Ivan Bogere's hat-trick was enough to give Proline FC a 3-0 win against visitors Masters Security of Malawi in a Caf Confederation Cup match on Saturday.

CAF Confederation Cup Results
Saturday, 10 August 2019

AS Kigali (Rwanda) 0-0 KMC (Tanzania)
Proline FC (Uganda) 3-0 Masters Security (Malawi)
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CAF Confederation Cup: AS Kigali begins quest against KMC

By Mugabe

Rwandan Peace Cup holders AS Kigali begins a tough Confederation Cup preliminary round tie against Kinondoni Municipal Council football club of Tanzania, with the first leg at home on Saturday, August 10 at Stade de Kigali in Kigali City.

Kick-Off is at 15:00.

It will be a stern early test of their potential, coming up against a side very much on the rise following their performances in last month CECAFA Kagame Cup Tournament.

Without their new recruits led by Amavubi skipper Haruna Niyonzima and Eric Ndayishimiye due to their club's failure to secure their FIFA International Transfer Certificate, ITC ahead of the registration deadline, Coach Eric Nshimiyimana remains adamant that the club will register a good result in the first leg tie.

Speaking to local media, Nshimiyimana said, “We will miss them but we have good cover. Right now the mood and confidence in the team is high,”

AS Kigali need to win the tie and avoid conceding goals in their first leg match to have a chance of progressing to the next round pending on any goalless draws in the return leg in two weeks' time.

KMC, Tanzania's second representative in the Total CAF Confederation Cup are participating at the continental level for the first time ever after finishing fourth last season.

Former Uganda Cranes coach Jackson Mayanja wants a favorable result in the first leg before they can finish the off the game in the return leg due on August 23 in Dar es Salaam.

“We are here to register a good result before we take them on in the return leg. I am confident we can win and go through to the first round,” added Mayanja.

The winner between AS Kigali and KMC will play either Uganda's Proline FC or Malawi's Masters Security Service in the next stage.

CAF Confederation Cup Fixtures
Saturday, 10 August 2019

AS Kigali (Rwanda) vs KMC (Tanzania)
ASC SNIM (Mauritania) vs ESAE (Benin)
Pelican (Gabon) vs Maniema (DR Congo)
*Mogadishu City (Somalia) vs Malindi (Zanzibar)
Akonangui (Equatorial Guinea) vs Ashantigold (Ghana)
Niger Tornadoes (Nigeria) vs Santoba (Guinea)
Buildcon (Zambia) vs Young Buffaloes (Eswatini)
Proline (Uganda) vs Masters Security (Malawi)
Bandari (Kenya) vs Ahly Shandy (Sudan)
CR Belouizdad (Algeria) vs Coton Tchad (Chad)
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KU BABYIFUZA BOSE

By Mugabe

KU BABYIFUZA BOSE

Ishyirahamwe ry'umupira w'amaguru mu Rwanda (FERWAFA), riramenyesha umuntu wese cyangwa sosiyete bafite ubushobozi mu gushakira siporo cyane cyane umupira w'amaguru abafatanyabikorwa, kugeza ubusabe bwabo bwo gukorana na FERWAFA mu gushaka abafatanyabikorwa muri gahunda zayo. Amabaruwa yandikiwe Umunyamabanga Mukuru wa FERWAFA agezwa ku kicaro cya FERWAFA cyangwa akoherezwa kuri [email protected]

INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) calls any capable person or legal entity specialized in sports marketing especially football to express their interest in partnering with FERWAFA in its quest to have sponsors for all organized competitions. Interested candidates should submit their letters of intent addressed to the FERWAFA General Secretary to FERWAFA reception or via [email protected]

MANIFESTATION D'INTERET

Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA), appelle toute personne morale ou physique spécialisée en marketing de sports de manifester leur intérêt de partenariat avec la FERWAFA dans le but d'avoir beaucoup de sponsors pour toutes ses compétitions. Les candidats intéressés sont priés de déposer leurs lettres adressées au Secrétaire Général de la FERWAFA au bureau de la FERWAFA ou par e-mail [email protected]

UWAYEZU F. Regis
Secretary General /FERWAFA

Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association

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