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ARPL: Play-off ties begin on Sept. 25, Miroplast Fc withdraws

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has released fixtures of the play-off ties, whose winner will replace Intare Fc in the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League.

The drawing of lots was held on Friday following confirmation of Sorwathe FC, Pepiniere FC and Gicumbi FC to participate in the matches. Miroplast FC withdrew citing lack of interest to take part in the contest.

Action begins on September 25 with Sorwathe FC hosting Pepiniere FC at Stade de Kigali.

Two days later, Gicumbi Fc will host Sorwathe FC at Stade de Kigali before Pepiniere Fc takes on Gicumbi Fc in the final match of the Play-off action on September 29 at Stade de Kigali.

The winning with the highest number of points will be declared the ultimate winner, earning automatic promotion to the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League, replacing Intare Fc who announced their withdrawal from Azam Rwanda Premier League last month.

As part of the regulations of these play-offs, each team is allowed to a maximum five substitutes, and to determine the winning team, FERWAFA will consider total points garnered by each team.

If there is a tie in points among the three teams, goal difference (GD), Goal for (GF) and Fair play rule will be applicable to determine the winner.

In case two teams tie on points, the following will be followed to determine the winner: head to head between the concerned teams, goal difference (GD), Goal for (GF) and Fair play rule.

Each club will field their legible licenced players who took part in the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League season.

Play-off Fixtures
September 25

Sorwathe Fc vs Pepiniere FC (Stad ed eKigali, 15:30)

September 27
Gicumbi FC vs Sorwathe Fc (Stade de Kigali, 15:30)

September 29
Pepiniere FC vs Gicumbi FC (Stade de Kigali, 15:30)
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Rwatubyaye: Confed Cup has been an eye opener

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports captain Abdul Rwatubyaye is upbeat their fairy tale run in the second-tier continental can go all the way.

The Blues of Kigali traveled to Aba on Thursday to face Enyimba in the second leg of the quarter-finals on Sunday, and the experienced defender is convinced they can survive at the Enyimba International Stadium despite a barren draw in the first leg last week in Kigali.

β€œEnyimba is one of the best clubs in Africa. We respect them but we will have to show that we are Rayon Sports, and can do better against big teams,” Rwatubyaye told CAFOnline.com.

β€œThe squad is okay and everyone is looking sharp and wants to help the team. With such commitment I believe we will survive in Aba. We are capable of beating any team having shown that in Kenya against Gor Mahia. We will do our best to win and progress to the last four.

Rayon's campaign only came to light after a 2-1 win over Kenyan champions Gor Mahia away in Nairobi in the penultimate match of the group stage, under tutelage of Brazilian trainer Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo, who replaced Ivan Minnaert midway.

A hard-fought lone goal victory over Young Africans of Tanzania in the ultimate match will later earn them a historic place at the last eight, becoming the first Rwandan club to achieve that milestone.

β€œOur journey was very tough. Many of our fans gave us no chance to go through. But the draw away against USM Alger and the win over Gor Mahia really brought us back into contention.

β€œBeing among the quarter finalists is an indication that Rayon Sports is a good team and on the right track.

Personal ambitions
β€œI want to help Rayon Sports to reach semis finals and I'm looking forward to that. Enyimba cannot stand between my dreams. We will give it our all,” Rwatubyaye noted.

The hard-tackling defender is already counting the blessings of playing in the continental club championship.

β€œThe CAF Confederation Cup is by far the biggest tournament that most of us (players of Rayon Sports) have played in. I believe it's only the first of many bigger competitions to come for me and my colleagues.”

A forward at the early stages of his career, Rwatubyaye shifted to defense upon the advice of his teacher at High School (La Colombiere) in 2008. He has never regretted that decision and like any other African player, a move abroad will serve the climax of his career.

β€œI would love to one day play in Europe when the right time and right team comes. At the moment, I am happy at Rayon Sports and will give my best to help the cause of the team,” he concluded.
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FERWAFA Super Cup set for October 6 in Rubavu District

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) is set to stage this year's edition of the FERWAFA Super Cup at Stade Umuganda, Rubavu District on October 6, 2018.

The 2018 Super Cup will pit Azam Rwanda Premier League champions APR Fc against Peace Cup champions Mukura VS with kick-off set at 15:00.

APR FC claimed the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League after finishing the eight-month long season with 66 points, five points ahead of second-placed AS Kigali.

The military side climaxed the season having won 19 matches, drawn 9 and lost 2, scoring 51 goals and only conceded 15 goals in 30 matches respectively.

On other side, their opponents in the Super Cup contest, Mukura VS beat Rayon Sport 3-1 on penalties to win the 2018 edition of Peace Cup in August.

This was the first title for Mukura VS in the knockout competition since 1992.

They were also winners in 1978, 1986 and 1990. Previously, they had lost three finals in a space of 10 years; 4-2 to APR (in 1999), 3-0 to Rayon Sports (in 2005) and then 1-0 to the now defunct Atraco (in 2009).

This is the first time that both sides will be meeting in a Super Cup contest since its establishment two years ago thanks to sponsorship from FERWAFA's host broadcaster Azam TV.

The FERWAFA Super Cup will be staged as a curtain-raiser ahead of the start of the 2018/19 football season, which gets underway on October 19, 2018.

APR FC will play in next year's Total CAF Champions League while Mukura VS will represent Rwanda in next year's second-tier continental club championship, Total CAF Confederation Cup.

Rayon Sports FC won last year's Super Cup edition after defeating APR Fc 2-0.
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Rayon Sports head to Aba for Enyimba return leg

By Mugabe

Rwandan side Rayon Sports FC departed Kigali on Thursday morning to Nigeria's Abia State ahead of Sunday's return leg against Nigerian champions Enyimba FC.

Rayon Sports FC face Enyimba FC on Sunday in the return leg of the quarter final round of the CAF Confederations Cup which be played at Enyimba International Stadium in Abia State of Nigeria at 15:00 local time.

The team departed for Lagos aboard Rwandair on Thursday morning, they will connect to Abe on Friday morning in two batches, one leaving at 7am and the rest at 9am respectively.

The Vice President of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Marcel Habyarimana leads the 40-man delegation.

The squad which held Enyimba Fc to a goalless draw in Kigali last Sunday will be aiming to register an away win to be granted a place in the last four of the lucrative CAF Confederation Cup.

The Blues have been boosted by the return of the center back Manzi Thierry who missed two of their previous fixtures due to a two-match suspension imposed by CAF.

Meanwhile, Brazilian tactician Roberto Oliviera has insisted Rayon Sports Caf Confederation Cup hope is alive despite their 0-0 1st leg quarter-final draw.

The hosts blew away plenty of scoring chances as Enyimba's goalie Theophilus Afelokhai was at his best to earn the visitors a point but Oliveira has predicted that his side would fight their way back into the tie in the second leg.

β€œWe will push to score goals and win the game, and we have proved we can score and win matches on foreign soil.

β€œI have confidence in my players and the coaching staff. We want to register further history and we will do all we can to achieve it,” he said in Sunday's post-match press conference.

Coach Oliviera will miss the services of left back Eric Rutanga who is suspended for Sunday's matches following two accumulative yellow cards and midfielder Yannick Mukunzi who has finished serving his two match ban but has gone to Sweden for trials.

The winner between Rayon Sports and Enyimba FC will face either CARA Brazzaville or Raja Casablanca in the semifinals next month.

Squad: Manishimwe Djabel, Manzi Thierry, Mugabo Gabriel, Mugisha Francois, Nyandwi Sadam, Nova Bayama, Mugume Yasin, Bashunga Abouba, Abdul Rwatubyaye, Eric Irambona, Gilbert Mugisha, Eric Rutanga, Kevin Muhire, Bon Fils Caleb Bimenyimana, Olivier Niyonzima, Ange Mutsinzi, Prosper Kuka Donkor, Christ Mbondi and Kassim Ndayisenga

15th CAF Confederation Cup
Quarter Final Round
Return Leg, September 23, 2018

Enyimba FC vs Rayon Sports Fc (Enyimba International Stadium 15:00)
Raja CA vs CA Renaissance
RS Berkane vs AS Vita
USM Alger vs Al Masry Club
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ARPL: Play-off Ties to decide Intare FC's Replacement

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Executive Committee Session of September 17, 2018 resolved to have play-off ties staged to determine the possible replacement of Intare Fc in the 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League.

The Play-Off matches which will be staged in the upcoming days will pit four teams namely: Pepiniere FC, Gicumbi FC, Miroplast FC and Sorwathe FC respectively.

The Rwanda Football Federation will announce the fixtures, timing and venue of the play-off matches.

In July, Intare Fc alongside AS Muhanga reached the final of the national second division league to seal promotion to the top flight league. Intare FC also defeated AS Muhanga 2-1 in final match.

On August 30, 2018, Intare FC announced their withdrawal from Azam Rwanda Premier League.

The Executive Committee took the decision to have the play-off matches played to determined the eventual replacement based on article 10.4 of the competitions regulations which state that, β€œIn case the number of teams in D1 is to be increased, the Executive Committee of FERWAFA shall organize play off matches between the teams relegated in the second division and the losers of the semi-final matches of the second division.

Based on that article too, Intare Fc will not be considered for promotion to the top flight league for the next two seasons, instead it's runner-up will be promoted.

Miroplast FC and Gicumbi FC were relegated 2017/2018 Azam Rwanda Premier League season while Sorwathe and Pepiniere were losing semi-finalists of the second division league.

The 2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League season will start next month.
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Rwandan Mutuyimana excels in CAF Young Referees' Course

By Mugabe

Rwandan FIFA/CAF Assistant Referee Mutuyimana Dieudonne was given a special recognition after excelling in the 2018 class of the CAF Young Referees' Course which climaxed at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Friday afternoon.

Mutuyimana who was among the 41 participants taking part in the five-day course excelled with good marks in theory and practical evaluations.

β€˜I'm very delighted to have passed as the best in the class. It was a good course which helped me and my colleagues to learn a lot in ways of improving our careers. We have learnt many new things and I believe they will be pivotal in helping me improve my performances on the field,” added Mutuyimana.

The participants underwent medical and physical tests before being involved in practical sessions.

The course was facilitated by CAF Instructors, An Yan Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius), Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe), Constance Catherine Adipo (Uganda), Cherifi Nasradine (Algeria), Pierre Alain Mounguengui (Gabon) and Eddy Maillet (Seychelles).

Mutuyimana became a FIFA Assistant Referee in 2007, three years after he started his refereeing career in Rwanda's first division league.

Last year, he officiated at last month's CAF U-17 Cecafa Qualifying tournament held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The 29 year-old referee, has also been appointed as the first assistant referee to handle next month's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier between Egypt and Eswatini or formerly Swaziland. He will be assisting fellow Rwandan referees namely centre referee Louis Hakizimana, second assistant referee Honore Simba and fourth official Abdul Karim Twagirumukiza.

The participants included:
Referees:
Nabil Boukhalfa (Algeria), Ligali Adissa Abdoul Raphiou (Benin), Tirelo Mositwane (Botswana), Georges Gatogato (Burundi), Daurte Fabricio (Cape Verde), Bilal Abdallah Ismael (Djibouti), Mahrous Mahmoud A. H. Ahmed (Egypt), Mogos Teklu Tsegay (Eritrea), Atcho Pierre (Gabon), Huraywidah Abdulwahid (Libya), Dahane Beida (Mauritania), Ali Moussa Mohamed (Niger), Artan Omar Abdulkadir (Somalia), Christopher Harrison (South Africa), Haythem Guirat (Tunisia) Oloya William (Uganda)

Assistant Referees: Mutuyimana Dieudonne (Rwanda), Eric Aymavo Ayamr (Benin), Kitso Sibanda Madondo (Botswana), Habib Sanou Judicael Oumar (Burkina Faso), Herve Kakunze (Burundi), Brahim Ahmat Adam (Chad), Martin Mukala (DR Congo), Ditsoga Boris Marlaise (Gabon), Babajee Ram (Mauritius), Akerkad Mustapha (Morocco), , Dos Reis Montenegero Miro (Sao Tome and Prinicipe), Van Wyk Mervin John (South Africa), Soud Iddi Lila (Tanzania), Hassan Khalil (Tunisia), Isa Masembe (Uganda), Okello Dick (Uganda), Katenya Ronald (Uganda).

Female Referees: Atman Lamia (Algeria), Abebe Tsehaynesh (Ethiopia), Madu Ndidi Patience (Nigeria), Amara Hedia (Tunisia), Shamirah Nabadda (Uganda) Nantabo Lydia (Uganda).
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Rayon can eliminate Enyimba away from home, says Robertinho

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports head coach Roberto β€˜Robertinho' Oliveira has warned Nigeria's Enyimba FC that nothing is decided yet and his men are able to get work done on foreign soil as the two sides prepare to face off in the return-leg of their Caf Confederation Cup's last eight tie.

The Brazilian's remarks come just a day after his side was held to a goalless draw by the former African champions in the first-leg at Kigali Stadium. Both sides are in the quarter-finals of the continent's second-tier club competition for the first time.

β€œIt was a very difficult game. They played long balls while we maintained our ball possession football. Overall we were the better side, but their defense and goalie were solid. It's now time to go back to the drawing board and prepare for the return-leg,” Roberto said.

Following their goalless draw, it was left for all to be decided come September 23 at Enyimba International Fc Stadium in the second-leg. A scoring draw will see Rayon through to the semis.

β€œWe will push to score goals and win the game, and we have proved we can score and win matches on foreign soil.”

β€œI have confidence in my players, and the coaching staff. We want to register further history and we will do all we can to achieve it. Thankfully we didn't concede on Sunday,” he added.

The Blues were inefficient in the attack with Kevin Muhire, Djabel Manishimwe, Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana, and Eric Rutanga all squandering clear chances to break the deadlock.

β€œI would say my first three months could not be better, I have changed the club's football landscape and instilled a sense of responsibility, confidence and ownership in players. In football, change starts with attitude and because of that, other teams have started to fear and respect us,” the Brazilian explained.

With Burundian Bimenyimana leading the hunt for goals, Rayon had several chances to find the back of the net but Man-of-the-Match goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai was alert to thwart them.

Meanwhile, Enyimba coach, Usman Abdallah, said that a goalless draw away from home is not a bad result as they gear up to host the return-leg on Sunday.

β€œWe gave it our best in the first-leg; otherwise, the result could have been worse. I would say we have advantage since we are hosting the decider but we can't afford to underrate Rayon Sports, we have seen what they are capable of,” Usman said.

In other first-leg fixtures of the quarter-finals, DR Congo's AS Vita Club edged closer to the last four after thumping Morocco's RSB Berkane 3-1 in Kinshasa; USM Alger lost 1-0 to El-Masry of Egypt in Cairo, while title favorites Raja Casablanca defeated CARA Brazzaville 1-0 in the Republic of Congo's capital.

Rayon Sports advanced to the quarter-finals along with USM Alger at the expense of Kenyan giants Gor Mahia and Tanzania's Young Africans.
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CAF CC: Rayon Sport held at home by Enyimba FC

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports were held to a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon by Nigeria's Enyimba in their first leg of the Total CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals at the Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.

This now marks that Rayon Sports have to win or draw of goals away from home in the return leg which will be played on September, 23.

The 'Blues' outfit was far from their normal selves with the five clear cut opportunities coming from Kevin Muhire, Djabel Manishimwe, Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana and Eric Rutanga who failed to beat goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai.

Rayon dominated the half time which ended in a 0-0 draw with good display from Djabel Imanishimwe, Prosper Dunk, Muhire Kevin and skipper Abdul Rwatubyaye. Rayon had another four attempts in the second half while three to Enyimba FC.

However, Eric Rutanga from Rayon Sports received a yellow card and he will miss the return leg which means that Coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo will use Eric Gisa Irambona as left back.

Apart from three attempts, Enyimba looked very nervous when in possession of the ball and there were a lot of misplaced passes at the middle of the park.

With Caleb Bimenyimana leading the striking line, Rayon offered good chance of scoring but not it looked that they will need to work hard if they want to go forward and there is a lot work to than needs to be done in order to progress in the semi-finals.
Rayon Sports had many chances to score goals in each half but denied by man of the match goalie Afelokhai.

In first half Kevin Muhire and Caleb Bimenyimana missed two clear chances while Enyimba striker Ibrahim Mustapha had three chances but saved by goalie Abouba Bashunga while other saved by Abdul Rwatubyaye.

Enyimba had good chance to lead the game but Sunday Damilare Adetunji failed to hit the target in the 20th minute. Three minutes later, Kevin Muhire had chance to open the scoring line for Rayon Sports but his shot went wide.

In the 28th minute Caleb Bimenyimana had good opportunity but his head was saved by goalie Afelokhai. Enyimba played with counterattacks but Rayon are playing with small passes to penetrate in the defense of Enyimba but failed to score.

In second half, Enyimba striker, Ibrahim Mustafa had two opportunities to scored but saved by Abouba Bashunga while Prosper Dunk had chance to score for Rayon Sports but his effort was saved by goalie Theophilus Afelokhai.

Forward, Joseph Osadiaye had another chance but was denied by Bashunga. In second half Rayon Sports coach made changes to bring forward Gilbert Mugisha to Saddam Nyandwi while Christ Mbondi came to Prosper Dunk and brought the hard time to the defense of Enyimba but failed to give something to smile to the β€˜blues' fans.

Enyimba coach, Usman Abdallah brought Freedom Omofoman to Wasiu Alalade and Bashir Abdulrahaman to Joseph Osadiaye.

Ibrahim Mustafa was booked for the visitors, however, Theophilus Afelokhai made a super save in the last minute to give the chance the visitors the draw away from home. Rayon Sports will now switch their attention to second leg.

Rayon Sports missed two of their key players such as Yannick Mukunzi and Thierry Manzi who were suspended. Meanwhile CARA Brazzaville lost at home against Raja Casablanca 1-2

Rayon Sports advanced to quarter-finals, along with USM Alger, as first runners-up from Group D a fortnight ago – outclassing Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and Tanzania's Young Africans.

CAF CC Quarter-Final Round
First Leg Results
Sunday

Rayon 0-0 Enyimba
CARA 1-2 Raja Casablanca
Al Masry 1-0 USM Alger
CARA Brazzaville - Raja Casablanca 1-2
CAFonline.com

CAF CC: Rayon Sports eye home victory over Enyimba

By Mugabe

RAYON Sports head coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves has fired a warning to Enyimba that his side will be looking for a home win when the two sides face-off this afternoon at Kigali Stadium.

The game starts at 3PM CAT.

The eight-time Rwandan champions, who are in quarter-finals for a historic first time, host the Nigerian giants in the first-leg clash of their two-legged last eight tie. The return-leg is scheduled for September 23 at Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, Nigeria.

Speaking to Sunday Sport on Saturday, Brazilian coach Goncalves said that Rayon won't be intimidated by Enyimba's β€˜powerhouse' status and tipped his youthful side to make the most of home advantage as they seek to establish themselves on continental scene.

β€œThere is mood of buoyancy and determination in the team, and every player is fit for the game. We have trained well and had time to study the opponent, we are ready,” he said.

β€œSince we entered camp, our preparations have mainly been based on devising means of scoring goals. We have to score goals, especially at home, and fight to keep a clean-sheet.”

He further cautioned his players that, β€œThe return-leg will be a much tougher affair; we have to stand tall and executive well our game plan. I know we are facing a strong side, but we have been reached this far by luck. Eliminating Enyimba is definitely possible.”

Rayon Sports advanced to quarter-finals, along with USM Alger, as first runners-up from Group D a fortnight ago – outclassing Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and Tanzania's Young Africans.

β€œI have spoken with my players, and warned them not focus on the opponent but rather on their game. We don't have to give in on pressure, we will keep calm and create opportunities – we need at least two goals, which would put Enyimba under a great deal of pressure,” he noted.

Other quarter-finals
Besides the much-awaited tie between Enyimba and Rayon, USM Alger take on Egyptian side Al-Masry, Morocco's Raja Casablanca will be up against CARA Brazzaville while DR Congo's AS Vita Club and Morocco's RSB Berkane square-off in the other quarter-final.

Raja Casablanca, also known as Raja Club Athletic, advanced to the last eight as Group A leaders with 11 points, ahead of first runners-up AS Vita Club (10 points).

RSB Berkane (13 points) and Al-Masry (12 points) while Enyimba (12 points) and CARA Casablanca (9 points) were the two survivors from Group C.

Only Rwanda's Rayon Sports and the Republic of Congo's CARA Brazzaville are playing the quarter-finals, in any Caf competition, for the first time.

CAF Confederation Cup
Quarter-Finals 1st Leg Matches
BRAZZAVILLE
CARA Brazzaville vs Raja Casablanca

KIGALI
Rayon Sports vs Enyimba Int'l FC

KINSHASA
AS Vita Club vs RS Berkane

PORT SAID
Al Masry SC vs USM Alger
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Rwatubyaye urges teammates to keep cool heads ahead of Enyimba clash

By Mugabe

ABDUL Rwatubyaye has challenged Rayon Sports teammates to hold their nerve, and step up their performance, when they host Nigerian giants Enyimba in CAF Confederation Cup's quarter-finals at Kigali Stadium on Sunday.

The Blues host the first leg in Kigali tomorrow before playing away to Enyimba, at the newly refurbished Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, on September 23.

Rayon Sports have drawn confidence from their 1-0 victory over Tanzania's Young Africans last month at Kigali Stadium, which kept alive their hopes for a title challenge this year after failing to retain the Azam Rwanda Premier League title and losing to Mukura in the Peace Cup final.

After a slow start to Group D campaign of the continent's second-tier club competition, where Rayon only managed three points out of their first four games, Roberto Oliveira's side bounced back to collect a crucial six points from their last two games against Gor Mahia and Young Africans – which saw them sail through to the last eight at the expense of Kenyan champions Gor Mahia.

Speaking to Saturday Sport on Thursday, Rwanda international and Rayon Sports central defender Rwatubyaye admitted that they are facing an uphill task to go past one of Africa's best football clubs, and it is impossible to stop looking forward to the match come Sunday.

β€œIf you have Enyimba to face you have to think about them, they are one of the best clubs on the continent. We respect them, but we are not going to allow being underdogs at our own backyard.

β€œWe have to fight and make the most of home advantage,” Rwatubyaye appealed to his teammates.

Should Rayon Sports see off two-time African champions, Enyimba, they will meet title favourites Raja Casablanca of Morocco or CARA Brazzaville in the semi-finals next month.

β€œI think it is a little too early to harbour title dreams. We don't want to distract ourselves looking far ahead, we want to take it one game at a time. Right now the two games against Enyimba are our priority, that's where our whole attention should be.”

β€œEveryone on the team is fit and wants to help the team. With such determination and collective commitment, I see no reason why we should fear anyone,” the former APR centre-back noted.

Rayon β€œalready tested against the best”
β€œOur journey to quarter-finals has not been without a fight, we have been tested against some of Africa's best already – and we absolutely deserve to be where we are right now. Many did not expect to see or hear of a Rwandan side in the round of last eight.”

The 22-year-old defender has insisted that holding South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns in Kigali, and USM Alger in Algeria as well as beating Gor Mahia in Kenya, all this year, are some of the results that prove why Rayon Sports cannot be underrated.

Odds are against Rayon
Commenting on his side's chances to go all the way to lifting the title come December 2, Rwatubyaye said, β€œNo doubt bookies and punters will rate them (Enyimba) as favourites, but we have been underdogs before and we can be quite dangerous at that.

There's only eight [teams] left in the tournament, so we believe we can go on and win it. Hopefully it turns out that way,” the hard-tackling defender said.

Taking the game personal
β€œPlaying at such a stage is every player's dream, unfortunately most don't get to live that day. I want to shine and help Rayon Sports reach the semi finals, I have never felt this enthusiastic and ready to do anything possible for a victory,” a visibly optimistic Rwatubyaye noted.

β€œI don't know much about Enyimba, besides the fact that I grew up admiring them.”

Rwatubyaye also conceded that, β€œQuarter-finals of the Confederation Cup is by far the highest level of football that most of us have played, but I believe it's only the first of many large platforms to come for me and most of the players on the team.”

Phenomenal group survival
While Rayon Sports cruised to the quarter-finals of the continent's second biggest club competition as first runners-up from Group D with 9 points, their opponents, Enyimba, progressed as Group A leaders with 12 points.

After four match rounds, with two to go, Kenyan giants Gor Mahia (8 points) needed one point to advance to quarter-finals while it was a must for Rayon Sports to garner a maximum six points to stand a chance – and they did it in style.

On match-day five, Rayon Sports stunned Gor Mahia 2-1 in Nairobi on August 19 despite arriving in the Kenyan capital less than 20 hours to kick-off. Burundian forward Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana and left-back Eric Rutanga were the scorers for Rayon.

Prior to the final match round on August 29, Gor Mahia and USM Alger jointly topped Group D with 8 points apiece, two ahead of Rayon Sports. Young Africans had 4 points at the bottom.

The former CAF Champions League finals, USM Alger, had to host Gor Mahia while Rayon were hosting Young Africans. The Algerian giants and Rayon won their respective encounters, 2-1 and 1-0 respectively, to secure slots to the quarter-finals.

Other quarter-finals
Apart from the much-awaited Rayon Sports Vs Enyimba tie, USM Alger take on Egyptian side Al-Masry, Raja Casablanca of Morocco will be up against CARA Brazzaville of the Republic of Congo, while DR Congo's AS Vita Club and Morocco's RSB Berkane square-off in the other quarter-final.

Raja Casablanca, also known as Raja Club Athletic, advanced to the quarter-finals as Group A leaders with 11 points, ahead of first runners-up AS Vita Club (10 points). RSB Berkane and Al-Masry progressed from Group B as leaders and first runners-up with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Only Rwanda's Rayon Sports and Congo's CARA Brazzaville are playing quarter-finals in any Caf competition for the first time.
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CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba FC expected in Kigali on Friday night

By Mugabe

Nigerian champions Enyimba FC will arrive in Kigali City on Friday ahead of the first leg of the quarter-final round of the CAF Confederations Cup against Rayon Sports Fc which will be staged on Sunday at Stade de Kigali.

Kick-off to Sunday's game is at 15:00.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) confirmed the arrival details of Enyimba FC on Tuesday. They will arrive on Friday night, 9pm aboard Rwandair from Lagos.

The eight-time Rwandan National Football League champions were the best team on the road during the group phase as they claimed two draws, away at Young Africans and USM Alger, while bagging a big win at Gor Mahia. These results were crucial in seeing them finish second, two points behind USM.

Rayon scored six goals, of which three were away. Only against Young Africans did they not find the back of the net in the group, and this is an indication of their threat going forward.

Enyimba, ended the wait when they pulled through to the final eight at the conclusion of their group-stage campaign with a 1-0 home win over CARA Brazzaville to ensure they finished top of Group C.

For Enyimba, it's their first time they've progressed this far in Africa's second-tier club competition, having only previously gone as far as the final qualification round in 2010, and this is uncharted territory for the People's Elephant.

Meanwhile, striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana was reported recently saying Rayon Sports are eagerly aiming to go past Enyimba when both teams meet in the quarter-final of this year's Caf Confederation Cup.

The Gikundiro dropped out of this year's Caf Champions League first round to the second-tier club competition following a 2-0 loss on aggregate to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Rwandans defeated Mozambique's Costa do Sol 3-2 in the playoffs round before securing nine points to pip Kenya's Gor Mahia and Tanzania's Young Africans to claim the second spot behind winners USM Alger in Group D.

And the striker, who netted twice in the group stages, is pleased with Monday's draw but is unmoved by the reputation and success of the Nigerian giants in Caf's club championship.

β€œI must say that we are all happy with the outcome of the quarter-final draw,” Bimenyimana told Goal.

β€œWe are indeed excited to be drawn against Enyimba at this stage and already looking forward to the game. First of all, we all black and we play almost the same football across the continent.

β€œSecondly, we had big games during our qualification matches from the Caf Champions League and the group stages. We are not scared at all. We already met tougher teams like Mamelodi Sundown, Costa do Sol, USM Alger and many more to get to this level.

β€œWe worked hard as a team for us to qualify to the quarterfinal of the Caf Confederation Cup. It was not an easy feat. We will definitely be ready to have a team like Enyimba. The match will be definitely tough but we are ready to play any team because our ambition is to win the title.”

The Rwandans welcome Usman Abdullah's men to Kigali for the first leg on September 16 before visiting Nigeria for the second leg a week later in Aba.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

FERWAFA Statement on Bribery Allegations made by CAF Referee Pavaza

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) is shocked by the remarks made by Namibian CAF Referee Jackson Pavaza claiming to have been bribed to manipulate the result of the 2019 AFCON Qualifier between Rwanda and Cote d'Ivoire held on September 9, 2018 at Stade de Kigali.

Pavaza was in charge, while three other Namibian officials, David Shaanika, Shoovaleka Nehemia and Matheus Kanyanga, were his assistants.

Pavaza made the bribery allegations on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 as reported in a Namibian Publication-namibiansun.com.

Below are details of the statement:
On Friday, September 7, 2018, After the Match Coordination Meeting held at Rwanda Football Federation, chaired by Match Commissioner Mike Letti from Uganda, the four Namibian match officials were paid USD 247 as extra expenses incurred by the quartet as confirmed by the Namibian Football Association (NFA) as mandated by article 36 & 37 of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Regulations. However, the referees claimed that there were other extras that were incurred on their flight to Kigali which needed to be paid also.

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Management spent the whole day in an Ordinary General Assembly held at Hotel des Milles Collines.

The operations of the General Assembly ended later at midnight when FERWAFA Commissioner of Competitions Eric Ruhamiriza was informed by Referee Pavaza verbally and through a whatsup message about the remaining unpaid extra receipts amounting to USD 237 on Sunday, 9/9/2018. (Mr. Ruhamiriza thought this amount of money was for each referee).

On Sunday, September, 9, 2018, Mr. Ruhamiriza alongside General Secretary Uwayezu Francois Regis prepared a total of USD 948 to be shared among the four officials with each set to be reimbursed USD 237 and alongside Competitions Commissioner Eric Ruhamiriza, the two FERWAFA officials went to Hotel des Milles Collines on Sunday morning, 11am, met the referees in open public, at the terraces of the hotel, gave them their extras as they had requested.

It was at this moment that Pavaza brought to the attention of FERWAFA officials that the money which was requested for the extra expenses incurred amounted to a total of USD 237 not a USD 948 as FERWAFA had prepared.

The FERWAFA Officials advised Pavaza to proceed with his preparations of officiating the match whose kick-off was at 15:30 at Stade de Kigali and then payment of the agreed USD 237 would be done after the game since the two FERWAFA officials had no changed money equivalent to USD 237 as demanded. Pavaza agreed to have the payment done after the game.

Upon departing for Kigali International Airport on Sunday night, Pavaza was given and signed the receipt of USD 237 in presence of match commissioner Mr. Mike Letti.

What really happened was miscommunication on the exact amount of money that was demanded by Pavaza in his initial communication to Mr. Ruhamiriza which should not be taken as form of bribery as alleged by Namibian referee Pavaza.

With extensive knowledge of CAF Regulations, FERWAFA can never and will never be indulged in any form of corruption that goes along the way in jeopardizing the high level of integrity and professionalism of the game.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

Rwandan referee Mukansanga emerges the best in CAF Elite B Course

By Mugabe

Rwanda's top professional referee Salma Rhadia Mukansanga emerged the best referee in the just concluded one-week long CAF Elite β€˜B' Referees course which concluded on Tuesday at Sheba Hotel in Kigali City.

The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) organized a one-week course from September 7-11, 2018 for Elite β€˜B' Match Officials to update and refresh their knowledge and skills in the conduct of their duties last week.

After the course, Mukansanga emerged the best according to theory and practical evaluations of the course which was attended by 36 referees from different African countries.

The course attracted 16 men referees, 7 women referees and 13 assistant men referees. The course was targeted for Referees and Assistant Referees in the Elite β€˜B' category of the CAF Refereeing Development Grading System.

The objective of the seven-day course was to update the participants on the Laws of the Game as well as evaluate their fitness and technical abilities for upcoming major competitions.

The participants were taken through the usual Fitness tests whilst theoretical topics included Severity of Offences, Match Management, and Penalty Area Incidents amongst others.

Instructors were Jerome K. Damon (South Africa), Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco), Aline Bitagoye (Burundi) and Mohamed Hussein Ali (Djibouti).

Mukansanga will this year, officiate the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup which will be staged in Uruguay from November 13 to December 1, 2018.

The 28-aged old is the only centre referee picked from Africa and she will be joined by two African assistant referees namely; Kone Fanta Idrissa from Mali and Some Bielignin from Burkina Faso.

Mukasanga began her refereeing career in 2007 before becoming an international referee in 2012. Since then, she has officiated at major tournaments, including Africa U-17 and U-20 finals as well as senior World Cup preliminary games, 2015 All African Games, and the 2015 CECAFA women challenge that took place in Jinja, Uganda.

The 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be the 6th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the biennial international women's youth football championship contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 2008.

The tournament will be held in Uruguay from 13 November to 1 December 2018. North Korea is the defending champions.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

2018/19 Football League Season set for October

By Mugabe

THE 2018/19 Rwanda national football league will start in October instead of September according to the country's football governing body Ferwafa president Brig Gen (rtd) Jean Damascène Sekamana.

Sekamana said that the league will kick off in early October although the final date has not yet been confirmed and the wish is that the league ends in June next year.

β€œThe league will start in early October but we have not set the dates but we want it to end June next year. We didn't want to delay like last season. We are planning accordingly and inserting all competitions in our calendar,” Sekamana said during Saturday's FERWAFA General Assembly held at HΓ΄tel des Mille Collines in Kigali.

APR FC romped to a record 17th league title last season.

The FERWAFA General Assembly among other things handed a one-year suspension to Youvia WFC and Nyagatare FC based on article 89 of the Competition Regulations.

The general assembly approved the President's Activity Report of the last season and the activity from September to January. It approved the consolidated and revised balance-sheet and the profit and loss statement.

The assembly also approved the annual financial statement and approved a six-month budget with its related planned action plan.

The general assembly admitted Gasogi United FC as a new member of FERWAFA.

The new Competitions Regulations will be approved by the Executive Committee of FERWAFA upon consultation with the General Assembly.

The General Assembly approved the set-up of the Conflict Resolution Body which will be composed of the following members: President Jean Marie Munyankumburwa, vice President Abraham Ntahandi and Secretary, Ancilla Munyankaka.
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2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Kagere strikes as Rwanda lose to Cote d'Ivoire

By Mugabe

Amavubi forward Meddie Kagere scored on his return to Rwanda National Team fold but his effort could not help Amavubi snatch crucial points against a strong Cote d'Ivoire team.

The Elephants secured their first and vital away 2-1 win on the second day of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group H match at the Stade RΓ©gional Nyamirambo in Kigali on Sunday afternoon.

Cote d'Ivoire secured the victory courtesy of Aston Villa forward Jonathan Adjo Kodjia after being gifted with a free ball from Olivier Kwizera's poor goalkeeping tactics.

After recess, Ivory Coast continued their dominance and managed to double their lead through Max Gradel. The Toulouse attacking midfielder beat right back Fitina Ombolenga to strike past goalie Kwizera with a good finish, making it 2-0 in the 48th minute.

The Wasps were desperate for a win having lost 2-1 to the Central African Republic away in their first game in the qualifying campaign in June 2017.

Rwanda's midfielder Djihad Bizimana hit the cross bar three times with Rwatubyaye Abdul's header going inches off Cote d'Ivoire's cross bar.

However, the Wasps pushed for their first goal and they managed to pull one back through Meddie Kagere.

The Ugandan-born striker beat Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo four minutes after the hour-mark to make it 2-1 for Rwanda.

The Wasps then pushed for a late equalizing goal with Kagere working tirelessly upfront for the home side.

However, Ivory Coast held on to their slender lead and ultimately, they ran out 2-1 winners over Rwanda.

Meanwhile, Guinea tops Group H of their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign following a slender 1-0 win over Central Africa Republic at the Stade 28 Septembre on Sunday night.

The result, combined with Cote d'Ivoire's 2-1 win over Rwanda in Group H's other match also on Sunday, sees Guinea top of the standings with six points from two games.

CAR and Cote d'Ivoire are joint second in Group H with three points while Rwanda are last with zero points.

On the first day of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' Qualifying matches, Rwanda lost to Central Africa Republic 3-2 away in Banjul while Cote d'Ivoire also lost 3-2 to Guinea at home in their maiden game in Group H over a year ago.

Rwanda will again be in action on October 10, 2018 when they play away to Guinea before hosting the West African side in Kigali three days later.

AFCON2019 Qualifiers results
Sunday

Rwanda 1-2 CΓ΄te d'Ivoire
Guinea 1-0 CAR
Madagascar 2-2 Senegal
South Sudan 0-3 Mali
Togo 0-0 Benin
Ethiopia 1-0 Sierra Leone
Congo 1-1 Zimbabwe
Angola 1-0 Botswana
Swaziland 0-2 Tunisia
Lesotho 1-1 Cape Verde

Photo: Amavubi's goal scorer Meddie Kagere tries to go past Ivory Coast and Manchester United's Eric Bailly and his fellow defender Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur teammate (left) at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo yesterday. Sam Ngendahimana.
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Buoyant Amavubi out to sting Les Elephants

By Mugabe

WHEN the Amavubi Stars trot onto the field this afternoon against the Les Elephants of Ivory Coast, they will have a few things on mind: to defeat the visitors, win back supporters' trust and love, as well as to reclaim the nation's pride.

A disappointed nation, displeased by the Amavubi's failure to make an impact since qualifying for their maiden African Cup of Nations tournament in 2004, would certainly be hoping for a good performance to exorcise the ghosts of poor performances over the last few years.

And new coach Vincent Mashami will have a mammoth task of propelling his misfiring troops to victory in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Kigali Stadium, where Rwanda have not tested victory in six attempts.

In an interview with Sunday Sport, Mashami sounded optimistic ahead of the much anticipated clash.

β€œWe know that we can qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals. That is why we are concentrating on building a strong team for now and the future” said Mashami.

Mashami's men are on hunt for qualification to Afcon finals and know victory over Ivory Coast would be a stepping-stone after losing 2-1 to Central Africa Republic in their first group game.

β€œWe know it won't be an easy match but we are going to give everything to see if we can win,” he added.

Striker Meddie Kagere and Hussein Cyiza return to Amavubi team for first time since 2014.

β€œWe have to win and by winning we will gain confidence to prepare for the remaining four games in the group. It is a very important game, and every player on the team understands its magnitude,” added the former APR coach.

On the other side, the Ivory Coast coach, Ibrahim Camara, knows securing a win at Kigali will be a tough task but has called on his team to treat Rwanda with the highest degree of respect and avoid any form of complacency.

Camara said: β€œRwanda has good team and no doubt they will be fighting to get the three points, so we must not underestimate them. They play good football.”

The hosts started the group campaign on a low note, losing 2-1 away to the Republic of Central Africa during the two sides' first-leg in June last year.

In the ongoing qualifiers for next year's AFCON tournament, to be held in Cameroon, Rwanda are in Group H alongside Ivory Coast, the Republic of Central Africa, and Guinea.

Sunday
Group H

Rwanda Vs Ivory Coast 15:30
Guinea Vs CAR 16:30
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Resolutions of the 2018 FERWAFA Ordinary General Assembly

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) met in its Ordinary General Assembly on 08/09/2018 at HΓ΄tel des Mille Collines in Kigali City.

Below are resolutions:
1. Youvia WFC and Nyagatare FC were suspended for the next sporting season based on article 89 of the FERWAFA Competition Regulations.

2. The General Assembly approved minutes of the previous General Assembly held on 25/03/2017.

3. The General Assembly approved the President's Activity Report

4. The General Assembly approved the consolidated and revised balance-sheet and the profit and loss statement

5. The General Assembly approved the annual financial statement.

6. The General Assembly approved the six-month budget with its related planned action plan.

7. The General Assembly admitted Gasogi United FC as a new member of FERWAFA.

8. The General Assembly approved the following as new Commission Members:
- Mr. Gasingwa Michel, Head of Referees Commission
- Mr. Mabano Jules, Head of Disciplinary Commission
- Mr. Kajangwe Joseph, Head of Appeals Commission

9. The General Assembly approved the amended articles in the Internal Regulations and Statutes.

10. The new Competitions Regulations will be approved by the Executive Committee of FERWAFA upon consultation with the General Assembly.

11. The General Assembly approved the set-up of the Conflict Resolution Body which will be composed of the following members:
- Mr. Munyankumburwa Jean Marie, President
- Mr. Abraham Ntahandi, Vice President
- Mme. Ancilla Munyankaka, Secretary
Source: Ferwafa.rw

FERWAFA General Assembly underway at Hotel des Milles Collines

By Mugabe

The 2018 FERWAFA Ordinary General Assembly is underway at Hotel HΓ΄tel des Mille Collines in Kigali City.

The FERWAFA Ordinary General Assembly which has attracted 44 members out of the 52 members and chaired by FERWAFA President Sekamana Jean Damascene started its session at 09:30am.

According to article 26 of the FERWAFA Statutes, the Ordinary General Assembly is going to deliberate on the following points:

A. Verifying whether the General Assembly has been convened and composed in accordance with the Statutes of the Federation.
B. Approval of the agenda
C. Address by the president
D. Appointment of the members to control the minutes
E. Appointment of scrutineers
F. Suspension or expulsion of a member (if applicable)
G. Approval of the minutes of the preceding assembly
H. The President's Activity Report (activities carried out since the last assembly)
I. Presentation of the consolidated and revised balance-sheet and the profit and loss statement
J. Approval of the annual financial statements
K. Approval of the budget
L. Admission of membership (if applicable)
M. Votes on proposals for amendment to the statutes and the internal regulations, if applicable
N. Discussion of proposals brought up by the members of the executive committee;
O. Appointment of an independent review body (if applicable) on the proposal of the executive committee
P. Dismissal of a person or a body (if applicable)
Q. Election of the President, the Vice President and the members of the executive committee if applicable
R. Any other item proposed by the members of the executive committee of the Federation

The meeting will also review the proposal on the amendment of different set of laws in the FERWAFA Statutes, internal regulations and competitions regulations respectively.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

2019 AFCON Qualifier: Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire ticketing information

By Mugabe

Rwanda takes on Cote d'Ivoire on the second day of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers due on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Stade de Kigali.

Fans will have to part with Rwf. 2000 to sit in the uncovered stand and Rwf. 5000 in the covered stand respectively. VIP Tickets will cost Rwf. 25,000 each.

The tickets will be sold at Stade de Kigali on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 9am.

Apart from accredited media, every other person will have to secure a match ticket to access the stadium for the crucial Group H tie between Rwanda and Cote d'Ivoire.

The match is set to kick off at 15:30.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

2019 AFCON Qualifier: Mashami trims squad as Rwanda gears up for Cote d'Ivoire clash

By Mugabe

Rwanda men's senior national team coach Mashami Vincent has confirmed the 26-man squad that remains in residential training ahead of the 2019 Afcon qualifier against Cote d'Ivoire.

The Amavubi face off against former champions Cote d'Ivoire in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group H qualifier at Stade de Kigali on Sunday.

Among those dropped are midfielder Ngendahima Eric from Police FC, Nizeyimana Djuma from Kiyovu Sports, Uwimbabazi Jean Paul from Kirehe FC, Mbaraga Jimmy from AS Kigali and Iragire Saidi from Mukura Victory Sports.

The remaining 26 players include professional players namely talisman Meddie Kagere who was recalled in Amavubi for the first time in four years.

The Uganda-born Rwanda international, Kagere joined Amavubi camp on Tuesday, following his team mate and skipper Haruna Niyonzima and later was joined by goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera whp plies his trade with South African side Free State Stars and striker Dany Usengimana who is in the process of completing his move to Egyptian side Tersana FC from Tanzania's Singida United.

Others in camp include; Belgium-based duo of Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize, Belgium) and Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), former Rayon Sports defender Faustin Usengimana who joined Kuwaiti side Khitan Sport Club last month and Belarus-based Patrick Sibomana (FC Shakhtyor).

The major absentee is Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge who has a nagging ankle injury and has been left out to enable him undergo a full recovery.

Meanwhile, Cote d'Ivoire delegation is expected in Kigali on Thursday night aboard a Private Jet from Paris. They will join their central defender Eric Baily who plies his trade with English side Manchester United.

Baily arrived in the country on Tuesday and held a personal training on Wednesday at Amahoro Stadium in company of the team's assistant coach Jean Claude Patrick.

Rwanda who will be seeking a win on Sunday started the group campaign on a low note, losing 2-1 to the Republic of Central Africa in Bangui in the two sides' first-leg in June last year.

Amavubi have been drawn in Group H alongside Ivory Coast, the Republic of Central Africa, and Guinea Conakry.

Rwanda Senior Team (26-man Squad):
Goalkeepers
: Kwizera Olivier (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kimenyi Yves (APR FC), Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS) and Ntwari Fiacre (Intare FC & U20)

Defenders: Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize,Belgium), Usengimana Faustin (Khitan Sport Club, Kuwait), Rwatubyaye Abdul (Rayon Sports), Rugwiro Herve (APR FC), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports), Michel Rusheshangoga (Uncontracted), Emmanuel Manishimwe (APR FC), Fitina Omborenga (APR FC) and Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports)

Midfielders: Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports), Mugiraneza Jean Baptiste (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali), Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), Haruna Niyonzima (Simba SC,Tanzania), Buteera Andrew (APR FC), Cyiza Hussein (Mukura VS), Iranzi Jean Claude (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports) and Sibomana Patrick (FC Shakhtyor, Belarus).

Forwards: Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Jack Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Usengimana Dany (Tersana FC, Egypt) and Hakizimana Muhadjili (APR FC).

Arsenal Legend Lauren Holds Training Clinic With Rwandan Children

By Mugabe

Arsenal legend from the 49-game unbeaten Invincible team, Laureano Bisan EtamΓ©-Mayer, commonly known as Lauren, met and held a training clinic with sixty Rwandan kids on Wednesday at Amahoro Stadium.

Lauren, a Cameroonian by nationality who won two Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three Community Shields, one Olympic Gold, two Africa Cup of Nations titles with the Indomitable Lions and One La Liga Cup is in the country since Tuesday as part of the #VisitRwanda Partnership.

In presence of the Minister of Sports and Culture Julienne Uwacu, Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Vice President Habyarimana Marcel and the Chief Finance Officer of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Mark Nkurunziza, Lauren held training sessions with the children, answered several questions they raised and gave them motivational tips on how to excel to professional football ranks.

β€œIt's a pleasure to host Arsenal team led by their legend Lauren who is in Rwanda courtesy of the Rwanda-Arsenal partnership of promoting tourism and sports development in the country,” said Minister Uwacu.

β€œHe met our kids as a way of encouraging them to play football and promoting their talents in general. He had an interactive training clinic with the kids as well as their coaches.”

For Uwacvu, it is a promising event because the kids have dreams of becoming professional footballers and by meeting such legends, it will be a motivating factor to further improve on the sport and how they perceive it.

β€œWe are thankful to Arsenal FC and we hope to achieve more from this partnership in regard to the development of Rwandan football,” added Minister Uwacu.

The Arsenal Legend expressed his satisfaction about the training.

β€œI was very impressed with kids, the approach that they are being brought up. I would be quite happy if one of those kids get what they are being taught and progress to the professional ranks in Europe. We all know it's not easy to become a professional player in these top leagues but the most important thing is to give kids a chance to play and improve their technical level,” Lauren said.

β€œWith the help of authorities and Arsenal FC, we will be coming here once in a while to teach the kids the Arsenal way, the way we do things at Arsenal Fc as a club and in the administration.”

He is convinced that #VisitRwanda will attract people to come over here and visit the country and that will benefit all the Rwandans by creating jobs and increasing the visibility of Rwanda because Europe has the wrong impression of Africa.

β€œRwanda has improved since the last time I was here six years ago and this is very good because we have to know that Rwanda has come from a difficult position, so it's not easy to be in this kind of state after what tragically happened 22 years ago but slowly by slowly, Rwanda will get there and you can see that the development needed will be attained in a few years,” Lauren further added.

β€œWe have been able to witness the future of Rwandan football and kids are very eager, they want to learn a lot from the legends, a feat which will improve their footballing career and we are so happy to stand with the Ministry of Sports and Culture to have the Visit Rwanda partnership going forward,” Nkurunziza said.

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Vice President Habyarimana Marcel was happy with the partnership.

β€œWe are so happy with this kind of initiative because it's a good platform to have our young kids develop their football career. This partnership is pivotal in our football development strategy that we want to put much focus on because with a solid development structure, our football will improve to a more pleasing level,” added Habyarimana.

After the training clinic, Lauren met Arsenal fans based in Rwanda and held light talks before taking memorial photos.

On 23 May 2018, RDB, through the Rwanda Convention Bureau, became Arsenal's first official sleeve partner as part of Rwanda's drive to become a leading global tourist destination in a deal which the London club was paid Β£30million ($40 million).

The three-year deal will also see β€˜Visit Rwanda' become Arsenal's official Tourism Partner. The β€˜Visit Rwanda' logo will feature on the left sleeve of all teams next season.

Arsenal players from the men's and women's teams will visit Rwanda and club coaches will host coaching camps to support the development of the game for boys and girls in the country.

β€˜Visit Rwanda' will gain global exposure through branding on match day LED boards at Emirates Stadium, interview backdrops and a broad range of other marketing rights.

Rwanda targets to generate enormously from Tourism that is the country's biggest foreign exchange earner. The country hopes revenues from the sector would double from more than $400m last year to $800m by 2024.
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Mashami laments absence of Tuyisenge for Ivory Coast tie

By Mugabe

Vincent Mashami, the Amavubi head coach, has admitted that the loss of striker Jacques Tuyisenge is a big blow for Amavubi as they gear up to host former African champions Ivory Coast in an AFCON Group H qualifier on September 9.

The two teams are part of a four-country group along with the Central African Republic (CAR) and Guinea Conakry.

Tuyisenge played a pivotal role when Rwanda reached the last eight of the 2016 African Nations Championships (CHAN) staged in Rwanda.

Since joining record 17-time Kenyan champions Gor Mahia in February 2016, the former Police FC skipper who captained a largely youthful Amavubi side in the CHAN tournament has been the most influential asset in the club's win of two league titles in a row.

But the Rwanda international hurt his neck during their CAF Confederation Cup's Group D clash against Rayon Sports on August 19 and was advised by his club doctors to take some time to recover after aggravating the injury against Algeria's USM Alger last week.

During Gor Mahia's 2018 season, Tuyisenge scored 11 goals in the SportPesa Kenya Premier League and netted three times in the Caf Confederation Cup. Gor were denied a ticket to the quarter-finals by Group H rivals USM Alger and Roberto Oliveira's Rayon Sports.

While speaking to Times Sport on Monday, Mashami admitted that the absence of injured Tuyisenge poses a serious setback to his side's bid for a victory against Les Elephants but his presence in camp will provide a huge boost to his teammates.

β€œJacques (Tuyisenge) will not be part of the squad to face Ivory Coast. However, he is set to join camp on September 5, and I hope his presence will have a great impact,” the former APR coach said.

The 26-year-old was one of the nine foreign-based players called up for the much awaited encounter at Kigali Stadium.

Rwanda and Ivory Coast have faced each other three times in the last eight years. First in 2010 when The Elephants beat Amavubi 3-0 in Abidjan before routing them 5-0 in Kigali the following year during the qualifiers for the 2012 AFCON finals.
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CAF CC: Rayon Sports draws Enyimba in the Quarter-final Round

By Mugabe

Rwandan side Rayon Sports has drawn Enyimba of Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup knockout round.

The draw happened on Monday September 3 at the Caf headquarters in Cairo.

Rayon Sport appears the weakest of the eight survivors in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League and they will be expecting a tough challenge against Enyimba in bid to book their maiden semi-final slot.

The Blues host the first leg in Kigali on September 16 with the return match seven days later at a renovated Aba stadium.

Enyimba FC from southeastern city Aba is a double African champion.

Should Rayon Sports see off Enyimba, they will meet title favourites Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the semi-finals during October?

Raja have won six and drawn three of 10 CAF matches this season, scored 24 goals and boast the leading individual scorer in 10-goal Mahmoud Benhalib.

The Moroccans face CARA of Congo Brazzaville, who reached the last eight after winning all six home matches but losing all six on the road.

Al Masry of Egypt face USM Alger of Algeria and AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo meet Renaissance Berkane of Morocco in the other quarter-finals.

The draw raised the possibility of an all-Moroccan title decider between Raja and Berkane during November and December.

The quarter finals will be played on September 16 and the return leg a week later while the semi-finals will be played on October 03 and on October 23 and then finals will be played in November and December.

CAF Confederation Cup Draws
Quarter-finals
First legs: Sept 16, second: Sept 23

Rayon Sports (RWA) vs Enyimba (NGR)
CARA (CGO) vs Raja Casablanca (MAR)
Al Masry (EGY) vs USM Alger (ALG)
AS Vita Club (COD) vs Renaissance Berkane (MAR)

Semi-finals
First legs: Oct 3, second: Oct 24

Rayon Sport/Enyimba v CARA/Raja
Masry/USM Alger vs AS Vita Club/Berkane

Final
First leg: Nov 23-25, second: Nov 30-Dec 2

Rayon, Enyimba/ CARA or Raja vs Masry, USM/AS Vita or Berkane
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Accreditation for the 2019 AFCON Qualifier: Rwanda vs Cote d'Ivoire

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) announces that the media accreditation process for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' Qualifier between Rwanda and Cote d'Ivoire opens today, Friday August 31, 2018 to Thursday 6 September 2018.

The second Group H qualifying match between Rwanda and Cote d'Ivoire will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Stade de Kigali from 15:30.

Media interested in covering the above mentioned qualifier can send their accreditation applications to [email protected] .

Sending your accreditation requests does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course.

For further inquiries, contact:

Media & Communications Manager

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel : +250 788438743

Accreditation for FERWAFA Ordinary General Assembly 2018

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) announces that the media accreditation process for the FERWAFA Ordinary General Assembly has opened from today, Friday August 31, 2018 to Thursday 6 September 2018.

The FERWAFA Ordinary General Assembly will take place on Saturday September 8, 2018 at HΓ΄tel des Mille Collines in Kigali City.

Media interested in attending the FERWAFA General Assembly can send their accreditation applications to [email protected] .

Sending your accreditation requests does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course.

For further inquiries, contact;

Media & Communication Manager

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +250 788438743

Professional trio join Amavubi camp ahead of Cote d'Ivoire qualifier

By Mugabe

Amavubi skipper Haruna Niyonzima, goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera and striker Dany Usengimana are the latest professional players to join Rwanda national team camp ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier, second Group H against Cote d'Ivoire which is scheduled to be played on September 9 at Stade de Kigali.

Haruna who plies his trade with Tanzanian champions Simba SC joined the team early this week, while Kwizera who plies his trade with South Africa's Free State Stars and striker Usengimana who is trying to finalise his move to Egyptian side Tersana FC arrived in the country on Wednesday and Friday morning respectively.

More professional players expected in the coming days include; Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize, Belgium), Usengimana Faustin (Khitan Sport Club, Kuwait), Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), Sibomana Patrick (FC Shakhtyor, Belarus), Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania) and Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya).

The Amavubi team will hold a single training session today at 15:30 at Stade de Kigali as they gear up to face Cote d'Ivoire in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Rwanda started the group campaign on a low note, losing 2-1 to the Republic of Central Africa in Bangui in the two sides' first-leg in June last year.

Amavubi have been drawn in Group H alongside Ivory Coast, the Republic of Central Africa, and Guinea Conakry.
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2019 AFCON Qualifier: Ivory Coast names strong squad to face Rwanda

By Mugabe

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly and Tottenham's Serge Aurier have been named in a 23-man squad by Ivorian coach Kamara Ibrahim to face Rwanda in a Group H Afcon Qualifier encounter which will be staged in Kigali on September 9, 2018.

Also called is Serey Die (FC Basel/Swiss), Franck Kessie (Milan AC/Italy), Kodjia Jonathan (Aston Villa/ England), and Max Gradel (Toulouse/France),

Ivory Coast who are aiming to qualify for next year's continental tournament which will be held in Cameroon is without several of its star players like Yaya Toure who is yet to secure a professional club and Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha who is absent due to personal reasons.

Gervinho (freshly transferred to Parma), Salomon Kalou, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are other key players who were not summoned due to injuries and inactivity.

The Elephants coach Kamara who was appointed recently will be seeking to secure maximum points against Rwanda following their 2-3 loss to Guinea in their first home match played last year in June.

Meanwhile, Amavubi under Coach Mashami Vincent have enhanced their preparations as they gear up to secure positive results against the former African champions.

Today, they held their two sessions at Stade de Kigali following the arrival of skipper Haruna Niyonzima. Two more sessions are lined up tomorrow too.

Rwanda started the group campaign on a low note, losing 2-1 to the Republic of Central Africa in Bangui in the two sides' first-leg in June last year.

Amavubi have been drawn in Group H alongside Ivory Coast, the Republic of Central Africa, and Guinea Conakry.

Cote d'Ivoire's 23-man Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Sayouba Mande (OB/Danemark), Badra Ali (Free State Stars/South Africa), Gbohouo Sylvain (TP Mazembe/DRC)

Defenders: Eric Bailly (Man United/England), Serge Aurier (Tottenham/England), Kanon Wilfried ( ADO Den Haag/ Holland), TraorΓ© Adama (GΓΆztepe/Turkey), Kone Lamine (Strasbourg/France) and Ghislain Konan (Stade de Reims/France)

Midfielders: Serey Die (FC Basel/Swiss), Ahoulou Eudes (Monaco/France), Franck Kessie (Milan AC/Italy), Seri Jean MichaΓ«l (Fulham/England), DoukourΓ© Cheick (Levante/Spain) and Serge N'Guessan (Nancy/France)

Forwards: Kodjia Jonathan (Aston Villa/ England), Assale Roger (Young Boys/Swiss), PΓ©pΓ© Nicolas (Lille/France), Max Gradel (Toulouse/France), Bayo Vakoun (DunajskΓ‘ Streda/Slovaquia) and Maxwel Cornet (Lyon/France).
Source: KT Press

CAF CC: Rayon Sports in historic Quarter-Final Qualification

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports edged out Young Africans 1-0 in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup in a Group D match at the Stade RΓ©gional Nyamirambo in Rwanda on Wednesday.

As a result, Rwanda's Rayon finished second in Group D with 9 points, while Tanzanian outfit Yanga crashed out of the competition after finishing fourth on the table.

The hosts went into encounter searching for a victory in order to advance to the quarter-finals of the continental competition.

While Yanga had already been eliminated from Africa's second most prestigious club tournament.

The deadlock was broken 19 minutes into the encounter and it was Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana, who handed Rayon the lead.

The 20-year-old forward beat Yanga goalkeeper Benno Kakolanya to make it 1-0 to Rayon.

The visitors pushed for the equalizing goal with DR Congolese striker Heritier Makamba leading their attack.

However, Rayon was able to contain Young Africans until match referee Ugandan match referee Mashood Ssali blew the half-time whistle.

Rayon were 1-0 up at the interval thanks to Bimenyimana's first-half goal.

Young Africans continued to search for the equalizing goal in the second half, but the Rayon defence looked solid and organized.

George Ngonyani was introduced by Yanga coach Mwinyi Zahera in the 61st minute as visitors looked to pile pressure on the home side.

The hosts were happy to sit back and launch quick counter attacks with Yanga dominating possession in the closing stages of the game.

Rayon coach Roberto Oliviera decided to pull up goalscorer Bimenyimana and he introduced Yasin Mugume as the hosts to contain Yanga.

Ultimately, the game ended in a 1-0 victory in favour of Rayon on the day.

Rayon (1) 1 (Bimenyimana 19β€²)
Young Africans (0) 0

Rayon Sports: Bashunga, Mugabo, Rutanga, Rwatubyaye, Ange, Nyandwi, Muhire, Donkor, Manishimwe, Mugisha, Bimenyimana (Mugume 79β€²).

Young Africans: Kakolanya, Yondani, Michael, Chikupe, Shaibu (Ngonyani 61β€²), Kaseke, Simon, Loth, Migomba, Buswita, Makambo (Mhilu 68β€²
Source – African football.com

CAF Conf Cup: Rayon takes on Yanga in do-or-die clash

By Mugabe

It will be a case of now or never for Rayon Sports when they take on Young Africans today at Kigali Stadium in their final Group D match, in Total CAF Confederation Cup.

The Blues host the Tanzania giants in a must-win clash with history in sight as they bid to become the first Rwandan side to reach the quarter-finals in any CAF competition. Both sides played out a goalless draw in the first-leg in Dar es Salaam.

Anything less than a win for Rayon, will see group rivals; Algeria's USM Alger and Kenyan champions Gor Mahia through to the round of last eight, regardless of the outcome of the two sides' encounter in Algiers this afternoon .

After a four-game winless run in the group stage, Rayon Sports pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory over Gor Mahia in Nairobi nearly a fortnight ago to boost their chances of reaching the quarter-finals.

Speaking to Times Sport on Tuesday, Rayon Sports' Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo said his players are fit and mentality prepared for the β€˜very important' game.

β€œDespite some of our best players not being eligible for the game, the rest of the players are fit and in great mood. It is a very important match, with a lot of meaning – and we will give it our all,” Goncalves said.

He added, β€œWe are very close to reaching the next round in the competition, but all that means nothing unless we win. That is what I want my players to remember when they step on to the pitch Wednesday (today) afternoon, I'm quite convinced that with the right mentality we will win.”

While Rayon will face Young Africans, also known as Yanga, without some of their stars such as Thierry Manzi and Yannick Mukunzi as well as Olivier Niyonzima and forward Christ Mbongi – all through CAF suspensions, Times Sport has also learned that the 27-time Tanzania champions have also traveled without some of their best players, including skipper Djuma Abdul.

Others are; Saidi Makabu, Abdul Mwinyi, Mrisho Ngassa, Feisal Salum Toto, Pappy Kabamba Tshishimbi, and Thabani Kamusoko.

Prior to stunning Gor Mahia on August 19, Robert Oliveira's side had registered three draws and one defeat.

They got off to a wrong foot with a 1-all draw against Gor Mahia in Kigali, then were held to a goalless draw by Young Africans in Dar, which was followed by a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of USM Alger before Rayon and USM Alger played out a 1-all stalemate in Algerian capital.

After five match rounds, with one to go, Rayon are third with 6 points, two adrift of USM Alger and Gor Mahia, who jointly top the table, with 8 points each.

Young Africans are at the bottom of the group with four points.

Group D
Rayon Sports vs Young Africans 15:00
USM Alger vs Gor Mahia 15:00
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Young Africans jet in ahead of Rayon Sports' clash

By Mugabe

Tanzania's Young Africans arrived today morning from Dar es Salaam, ahead of their second-leg clash against their Group D opponents Rayon Sports in the ongoing 2018 Total CAF Confederation Cup.

The Tanzanian outfit arrived in the country aboard Kenya Airways. They are residing at The Mirror Hotel and will hold their official training session today at Stade de Kigali, 15:00

The Blues host Young Africans on Wednesday at Kigali Stadium in a must-win encounter that would see them booking ticket to the last eight. Any result for Rayon, other than a victory, will see Algeria's USM Alger and Kenyan champions Gor Mahia through to quarter-finals.

Robert Oliveira's side have been under intensive training since stunning Gor Mahia 2-1 in Nairobi on August 19 and according to the Brazilian tactician, β€œthe players are buoyant to beat Young Africans and register further history in Rwandan football.”

However, the eight-time Rwandan champions will be up against the Tanzania heavyweights without some of the club's kingpins such as skipper Thierry Manzi, Olivier Niyonzima, Christ Mbondi and Yannick Mukunzi – all through CAF suspensions.

In another much-awaited Group D fixture on Wednesday, Algerian giants USM Alger will be hosting hopefuls Gor Mahia. The later will be without Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge who hurt his neck during his side's home loss to Rayon Sports.

Should USM Alger beat Gor Mahia in Algeria and Rayon beat Young Africans in Kigali on Wednesday, they will be guaranteed of a spot to quarterfinals of the continent's seconds biggest club competition.

After five match rounds, with one to go, the Blues are placed third with 6 points, two adrift of USM Alger and Gor Mahia who jointly top the table, with 8 points each. Young Africans are locked at the bottom of the group with four points.
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CAF President Ahmad attends CECAFA Extraordinary General Assembly

By Mugabe

CAF President Ahmad on Saturday, 25 August 2018, graced the CECAFA Extraordinary General Assembly held in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania.

He commended CECAFA for their continued unity, support and commitment towards CA's activities and programs.

Ahmad reiterated his mission to ensure growth and continued progression for African football geared towards the zonal unions.

β€œAs CAF, our aim is to decentralise some of the powers to the zones to ensure growth and progression because I always respect commitment.

β€œWe don't want too much concentration of power in one place that is why we want the zones to be empowered to improve visibility of football in Africa and also have reforms in all the zones by changing the format and validating the statutes to be in tandem,” Ahamd told delegates.

President Ahmad took the members through the new common decision explaining the new composition as CECAFA sort to make amendments to their statutes.

In attendance was Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) president Sekamana Jean Damascene alongside other delegates from the members that constitute the 12-member body.

AFCON U-17 Qualifiers: Rwanda lose to Ethiopia; face Tanzania in bronze medal battle

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Junior Wasps lost 4-2 in an intense penalty shoot-out to Ethiopia in the semi-final round on Friday to set up a bronze medal battle against hosts Tanzania on Sunday in the of the Cecafa region qualifiers of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Rwanda scored crucial goals through Rodrigue Isingizwe and Moise Nyarugabo while Ethiopia equalized courtesy of a double from Mintesnot Edrias Wakjira.

With regular time ending in a 2-all draw, both sides went into spot kicks to determine the eventual winner. Ethiopia won 4-2 as Rwanda's Moise Nyarugabo and Jean Claude Issa Hagumubuzima failed to convert their penalties.

Both Rwanda and Tanzania will be facing each other for the second time. During the group stage, Rwanda lost to Tanzania 0-4 in the final Group A match played on Tuesday this week.

On the other side, Tanzania failed to cruise into the final as they lost to a strong Ugandan Cubs' side which registered a crucial 3-1 win.

Uganda took the lead through Idd Abdulwahid's fifth minute strike. The joy was short lived with the equalizer coming on 12 minutes from Edison Mshirakandi as the two sides rested for the half time break tied one goal apiece.

John Kokas Alou restored Uganda's lead with 13 minutes left on the clock before Amiri Njiru's own goal in the second minute of added time put the game to bed.

Uganda, who had won their last group B game in convincing fashion 8-0 against Djibouti, will now face Ethiopia in the final this Sunday at the national stadium.

This will be the second time in the tournament that the two countries will face off. The champion will join the 2019 hosts Tanzania at the AFCON U-17 championship.

AFCON U-17 qualifiers (CECAFA Region):
Friday, Semi-finals

Tanzania 1-3 Uganda
Ethiopia 2-2 Rwanda (4-2 Penalties)

Sunday
Third-Place

Tanzania vs Rwanda -1pm

Final
Uganda vs Ethiopia -4pm

Mukansanga picked for 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

By Mugabe

Rwanda's top professional referee Salma Rhadia Mukansanga has been selected for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup which will be staged in Uruguay from November 13 to December 1, 2018.

The 28-aged old is the only center referee picked from Africa and she will be joined by two African assistant referees namely; Kone Fanta Idrissa from Mali and Some Bielignin from Burkina Faso.

Mukansanga expressed excitement and pledged not to disappoint but stage excellent performances in matches that she will be appointed to handle.

β€œI am very excited to land this appointment and I am very proud to be the first Rwandan woman who will officiate at a FIFA World Cup final. With Allah nothing is impossible; my dreams have become true,”

β€œThis is an immense opportunity for me to take my career to another level, I hope to benefit a lot from this experience,” added Mukansanga.

Mukansanga will handle the FIFA World Cup tournament alongside AFC Duo of Reibelt Casey (Australia) and Yamashita Yoshimi (Japan), CONCACAF trio of Beaudoin Marie-Soleil (Canada), Koroleva Ekaterina (USA) and Venegas Lucila (Mexico), OFC referee Vulivuli Finau from Fiji, UEFA officials of Hussein Riem of Germany, Kulcsar Katalin (Hungary), Mularczyk (Poland), Persson Sara (Sweden) and Pustovoytova Anastasia from Russia and Conmebol trio of Carvajal Maria of Chile, Fortunato Laura (Argetina) and Miranda Olga from Paraguay.

Mukasanga began her refereeing career in 2007 before becoming an international referee in 2012. Since then, she has officiated at major tournaments, including Africa U-17 and U-20 finals as well as senior World Cup preliminary games, 2015 All African Games, and the 2015 CECAFA women challenge that took place in Jinja, Uganda.

The 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be the 6th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the biennial international women's youth football championship contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 2008.

The tournament will be held in Uruguay from 13 November to 1 December 2018. North Korea is the defending champions.

Centre Referees:
CAF:
Mukansanga Rhadia Salma

AFC: Reibelt Casey (Australia) and Yamashita Yoshimi (Japan)

CONCACAF: Beaudoin Marie-Soleil (Canada), Koroleva Ekaterina (USA) and Venegas Lucila (Mexico)

OFC: Vulivuli Finau (Fiji)

UEFA: Hussein Riem of Germany, Kulcsar Katalin (Hungary), Mularczyk (Poland), Persson Sara (Sweden) and Pustovoytova Anastasia (Russia)

CONMEBOL: Carvajal Maria of Chile, Fortunato Laura (Argetina) and Miranda Olga (Paraguay).

Assistant Referees
AFC:
Bozono Makoto (Japan), Lee Seul Gi (Korea), Teshirogi Naomi (Japan) and Truong Thi Le Trinh (Vietnam)

CAF: Kone Fanta Idrissa (Mali), Some Bielignin (Burkina Faso)

CONCACAF: Brown Princess (Jamaica), Chavez Mayte (Mexico), Caudillo Enedina (Mexico), Mariscal Felisha (USA), Quan Deleana (USA), Yee Sing Stephanie-Dale)

CONMEBOL: Blanco Bolivar Mary Cristina (Colombia), De Almedia Mariana (Argentina), Gamarra Nilda (Paraguay), Rocco Maria (Argentina), Toloza Loreto (Chile) and Vasquez Leslie (Chile)

OFC: Jones Sarah (New Zealand)

UEFA: Ardasheva Olkesandra (Ukraine), Bakker Nicolet (Netherlands), Cockburn Kylie (Scotland), Kurochkina Ekaterina (Russia), Magnusson Julia (Sweden), Puente Pino Rocio (Spain), Rashid Lisa (England), Ratajova Lucie (Czech Republic), Sukenikova Maria (Slovakia), Tepusa Mihaela (Romania) and Torok Katalin (Hungary).

CAF CC: Suspensions mar Rayon's preps ahead of Yanga tie

By Mugabe

RAYON Sports will face Tanzania's Young Africans without two of their key players, Thierry Manzi and Olivier Niyonzima in the two sides' last Group D encounter on August 29 in Kigali.

The two players accumulated two yellow cards in the last two games, which is punished by a one-game suspension in CAF competitions. Both were booked during Sunday's 2-1 stunning win over Kenyan champions Gor Mahia in Nairobi.

Manzi and Niyonzimana join a long list of Rayon Sports players who are not eligible for the crucial tie against regional powerhouse Young Africans on Wednesday next week.

β€œThe absence of Thierry (Manzi) and Olivier (Niyonzima) is a very huge blow; we would be in a better position to take command of the game if they played. Nonetheless, we are preparing accordingly and should be able to fill the gap,” Rayon Sports coach Roberto Oliveira told Times Sport Thursday after the team's morning training session at Stade de Kigali

The other ineligible players for Young Africans clash include; goalie Kassim Ndayisenga, midfielder Yannick Mukunzi and striker Christi Mbondi who were slapped a three-game ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for stimulating a fight during the game against USM Alger earlier this month in Algiers.

Barring a draw between USM Alger and Gor Mahia on August 29 in the Algerian capital, victory for Rayon Sports will guarantee the Blues a spot in the quarter-finals of Africa's second biggest club tournament, which would be a first for any Rwandan side.

In the wake of Manzi and Niyonzima's suspension, Roberto is likely to assign the captaincy to Abdul Rwatubyaye and partner him with Ange Mutsinzi at the heart of defense while Francois Mugisha and new signing McCarthy Okpara Ugochukwu could also play a part.

The decisive tie will be handled by Ugandan officials led by centre referee Mashood Ssali, assisted by Mark Ssonko, Dick Okello and Chelanget Ali Sabila as the fourth official.

The Match Commissioner is Omar Ben Hassane Ali from Comoros, Referee Assessor will be Bimbyo Patrick James from Gabon, Safia Abdeldayem from Egypt is the appointed General Coordinator while Bonnie Mugabe from Rwanda will serve as the Media Officer.

On the same day, USM Alger and Gor Mahia will be battling it out at Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Alger.

After five match rounds, Rayon Sports are third with 6 points, two adrift of USM Alger and Gor Mahia who jointly top the table, with 8 points each.

Young Africans are at the bottom of the group with four points.

Group D Fixtures
Wednesday, August 29
Rayon Sports vs Young Africans (Stade de Kigali, 15:00)
USM Alger vs Gor Mahia FC (Stade 5 Juillet 1962, 15:00)
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AFCON U17 qualifiers: Crunch time as Rwanda face Ethiopia in semis

By Mugabe

The national U17 football team will be up against Ethiopia in a semi-final clash this afternoon as Amavubi Starlets battle for a spot in Sunday's final at the ongoing Cecafa region qualifiers of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Rwanda progressed to the last four after finishing second in Group A with six points out of a possible nine, behind favourites Tanzania who collected maximum points from three victories.

Yves Rwasamanzi's side recorded two victories – over Sudan and Burundi – and lost one group game, against Tanzania.

While speaking to Times Sport from Tanzania on Thursday, Rwasamanzi said all his players were in good form ahead of the Ethiopia encounter today.

β€œThis is our most important game so far at the tournament, and it is likely to be more mental and tactical than physical. We have prepared well in every aspect and I am convinced it will be a moment for my boys to shine. It is going to be a tough call, but we are ready,” Rwasamanzi said.

He added that, β€œWe will seek to score early in the game, but also ensure our defence doesn't cause us troubles. Every detail in such a game counts, after all it could be the only thing making a difference given the preparedness of the opponents.”

β€œWe want to reach the final, and qualify for the AFCON finals next year.”

In the other semi-final clash, also to be played today, hosts Tanzania take on Uganda.

Should Rwanda oust Ethiopia and Tanzania see off Uganda, the Amavubi Starlets will automatically land a slot in the 2019 AFCON U-17 finals since Tanzania already has a direct ticket to the tournament by virtue of being the host nation.

The third place playoff and the final are set for Sunday at Tanzania National Stadium.

Friday
Semi-finals

Ethiopia vs Rwanda -1pm
Tanzania vs Uganda – 3pm
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AFCON U-17 Qualifiers: Rwanda face Ethiopia as Tanzania takes on Uganda in Friday's Semis

By Mugabe

Rwanda U-17 team will face Ethiopia in the last four on Friday following the climax of the group stage of 2019 CECAFA AFCON U-17 Qualifiers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In the other semi-final round, hosts Tanzania will be up against Uganda in one of the entertaining match set to spice up the tournament.

On Tuesday, Rwanda climaxed their Group A matches, losing to hosts Tanzania 4-0 in a game which was held in Dar es Salaam. Despite the loss, Coach Yves Rwasamanzi's side cruised to the last four following their deserved victories over Burundi and Sudan respectively.

Rwanda finished second on the log with six points while hosts Tanzania maintained a clean sheet to amass 9 points with Burundi and Sudan exiting the tournament sitting in third and fourth slots with three and zero points respectively.

Group B matches concluded on Wednesday with two decisive matches being played at the same time. Ethiopia defeated Kenya 4-2 at national stadium to topple the standings with 12 points while Uganda thrashed Djibouti 8-0 in Chamanzi to join Ethiopia in the last four with nine points.

In the semi-final, Rwanda will be up against Ethiopia in the first semi-final match while Tanzania will face Uganda in the semi-final. Kick-off times are yet to be determined.

The winner will join 2019 AFCON U-17 hosts Tanzania at next year's championship. Tanzania has a direct ticket to the tournament by virtue of being the host nation.

AFCON U-17 Qualifiers (CECAFA Region)
Semi-final Round Matches
Friday

Tanzania vs Uganda
Ethiopia vs Rwanda

GROUP A
No. TEAM P W L D GF GA GD PTS

1 Tanzania 3 3 0 0 11 1 10 9
1 Rwanda 3 2 1 0 7 8 -1 6
3 Burundi 3 1 2 0 8 8 0 3
4 Sudan 3 0 3 0 3 12 -9 0

No.TEAM P W L D GF GA GD PTS
1 Ethiopia 4 4 0 0 14 2 12 12
2 Uganda 4 3 1 0 17 3 14 9
3. Kenya 4 2 2 0 16 7 09 6
4 S Sudan 4 1 3 0 4 15 -11 3
5 Djibouti 4 0 4 0 1 23 -22 0

Mashami confirmed as Amavubi coach, calls 32 players for Cote d'Ivoire Afcon tie

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has confirmed Mashami Vincent as the next head coach of Rwanda Men's senior football team for a period of one-year.

The announcement was made on Monday afternoon after finalizing contractual process with the Ministry of Sports and Culture alongside FERWAFA in the morning.

Mashami who has been a one-year renewable contract will be assisted by Jimmy Mulisa and Seninga Innocent as the first and second assistant coaches respectively.

The other members on the technical team include Higiro Thomas (Goalkeeper Coach), Niyintunze Jean Paul (Fitness Coach), Rutayisire Jackson (Team Manager), Rutamu Patrick (Physio), Nuhu Asouman (Physio), Peter Baziki (Kit Manager) and Munyaneza Jacques (Assistant Kit Manager).

An excited Mashami said, β€œIt is a great feeling and a great honour for me to be in this position. Today is a memorable day and I would like to thank the FA and all concerned parties for believing in me and I also want to thank a long list of former Amavubi coaches for having me on board and sharing their experience with me,”

He further added, β€œI am therefore excited and I can't wait to get on the field with the players as we prepare for the upcoming fixtures. Together with everyone, our objective is to qualify for 2019 AFCON,”

Mashami replaces German Antoine Hey who left his position after Rwanda's exit at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

A former coach of Rwanda Premier League Champions APR FC, Mashami was also assistant coach of the national team to Johnathan McKinstry.

He has also managed the national team at youth, junior and Olympic level and is expected to start work immediately.

Today afternoon, Mashami summoned 32 players who will be engaged in intensive preparations to help him pick a solid team which will face Cote d'Ivoire in a second Group H game set to be played on September 9 at Stade de Kigali.

The provisional squad consists of nine professional player namely; goalkeeper Kwizera Olivier (Free State Stars, South Africa), defending duo of Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize, Belgium) and Usengimana Faustin (Khitan Sport Club, Kuwait), midfielder trio of Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), Haruna Niyonzima (Simba SC, Tanzania) and Sibomana Patrick (FC Shakhtyor, Belarus) and attacking trio of Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Jack Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya) and Usengimana Dany (Tersana FC, Egypt) respectively.

The summoned players composed mainly of local players are expected to join camp at La Palisse Hotel, Nyamata on Tuesday evening ready to begin intensive preparations on Wednesday at Stade de Kigali. The foreign-based players will join camp five days before the game as mandated by FIFA.

Rwanda lost the opening game against Central Africa Republic away in Bangui losing 1-2 in June this year.

Group leaders Guinea also stunned the 2015 champions Ivory Coast 3-2 in Abidjan. Ivory Coast and Rwanda are third and fourth, respectively, without a point.

Rwanda Senior Team Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Kwizera Olivier (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kimenyi Yves (APR FC), Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS) and Ntwari Fiacre (Intare FC & U20)

Defenders: Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize,Belgium), Iragire Saidi (Mukura VS), Usengimana Faustin (Khitan Sport Club, Kuwait), Rwatubyaye Abdul (Rayon Sports), Rugwiro Herve (APR FC), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports), Michel Rusheshangoga (Uncontracted), Emmanuel Manishimwe (APR FC), Fitina Omborenga (APR FC) and Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports)

Midfielders: Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports), Mugiraneza Jean Baptiste (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali), Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), Haruna Niyonzima (Simba SC,Tanzania), Buteera Andrew (APR FC), Cyiza Hussein (Mukura VS), Iranzi Jean Claude (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports), Sibomana Patrick (FC Shakhtyor, Belarus), Ngendahimana Eric (Police FC) and Nizeyimana Djuma (Kiyovu Sports)

Forwards: Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Jack Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Usengimana Dany (Tersana FC, Egypt), Hakizimana Muhadjili (APR FC), Mbaraga Jimmy (AS Kigali) and Uwimbabazi Jean Paul (Kirehe FC).

Technical Staff: Mashami Vincent (Head Coach), Jimmy Mulisa (1st Assistant Coach),
Seninga Innocent (2nd Assistant Coach), Higiro Thomas (Goalkeeper Coach), Niyintunze Jean Paul (Fitness Coach), Rutayisire Jackson (Team Manager), Rutamu Patrick (Physio), Nuhu Asouman (Physio), Peter Baziki (Kit Manager) and Munyaneza Jacques (Assistant Kit Manager)
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CAF Conf Cup: Rayon upset Gor Mahia to revive hope for last eight

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports stunned Kenyan giants Gor Mahia 2-1 at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Total CAF Confederation Cup to boost their chances of reaching in the quarter-finals.

Burundi-born forward Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana scored in the third minute to inspire the visitors to an early lead before countryman Francis Mustafa netted an equalizer in the 22nd minute. The two sides went into half-time tied 1-1.

Left-back Eric Rutanga restored the lead for Rayon Sports with a fantastic free-kick eight minutes after recess, which the Blues would hold onto till the final whistle.

Rutanga also scored the equalizer, from free-kick, during the first-leg in Kigali between the two teams, in March.

Man of the match Rutanga was also the assist provider for the Bimenyimana's opener.

In another Group D encounter on Sunday, Tanzania's Young Africans upset USM Algeria 2-1 in Dar es Salaam.

Raphael Loth and Heritier Makambo scored for the Young Africans while Abderrahmane Meziane netted the consolation goal for USM Alger.

Should USM Alger beat Gor Mahia in Algeria and Rayon beat Young Africans in Kigali on August, 29, they will be guaranteed of a spot to quarterfinals of the continent's seconds biggest club competition.

It was the first group win for Roberto Oliveira's Rayon after struggling with three draws and one loss in their first four games.

They got off to a wrong foot with a 1-all draw against Gor Mahia in Kigali, then were held to a goalless draw by Young Africans in Dar, which was followed by a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of USM Alger before traveling to Algeria where they shared 1-all stalemate with the Algerian giants.

After five match rounds, with one to go, the Blues are placed third with 6 points, two adrift of USM Alger and Gor Mahia who jointly top the table, with 8 points each.

Young Africans are locked at the bottom of the group with four points.
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CAF CC: Rayon Sports optimistic ahead of Gor Mahia clash

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports are optimistic to overcome Gor Mahia of Kenya when the two sides face off in their return-leg clash in Total Caf Confederation Cup on at Sunday at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rayon Sports captain Thierry Manzi has warned the Blues are still in the contest, and will be looking to collect maximum points from their two remaining games, which would guarantee them a place in the quarterfinals of Africa's second biggest club competition.

After struggling to get air tickets, the team finally leaves for Nairobi on Saturday afternoon.

Rayon and Gor Mahia played out a 1-all draw in their first-leg clash in Kigali in March.

Former Gor Mahia's Rwanda international Meddie Kagere scored the opener while left-back Eric Rutanga netted the equalizer from a well taken free-kick.

β€œWe need to believe that we can reach quarterfinals because when you do the calculations, the chances are still there. We have to work hard and ensure we drop no point in the two games left – against Gor Mahia and Young Africans,” Manzi said.

While it will be a now-or-never encounter for Roberto Oliveira's side, a draw on Sunday will be enough for the Kenyan champions to seal a slot in quarter-finals.

Ahead of the much-awaited game, Gor Mahia is in second position with eight points while Rayon Sport is third with three points.

In another Group D fixture to be played Sunday, table leaders USM Algiers will be traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania also looking for a draw to reach the round of last eight.

Meanwhile, officials from Zimbabwe will be in charge of the clash pitting Gor Mahia and Rayon Sports Fc.

Norman Matemera will be the centre referee and will be assisted by Thomas Kusosa and Luckson Mhara. Namore Mirambiwa will be the fourth official.

Titus Haimbili will be the General Coordinator while Ignacio Manuel, from Angola, will be the match commissioner.

Rayon's 17-man squad: Abouba Bashunga, Ange Mutsinzi, Saddam Nyandwi, Eric Rutanga, Abdul Rwatubyaye, Thierry Manzi, Gabriel Mugabo, François Master Mugisha, Olivier Sefu Niyonzima, Djabel Manishimwe, Kevin Muhire, Yassin Mugume, Nova Bayama, Gilbert Mugisha, Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana, Donkor Prosper Kuka, and Gerard Stephane Kouame Brou.
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FERWAFA recommends Mashami for Amavubi Head Coach Role

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has recommended Mashami Vincent to be appointed the next head coach of Rwanda Men's Senior National Team.

The FERWAFA Executive Committee approved Mashami to handle the senior national team recently after being the lone applicant who met the required conditions to handle the national team.

Mashami has been mandated to start immediate preparations of Rwanda National Team ahead of the Group H's CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Cote d'Ivoire which will be held at Stade de Kigali on September 9, 2018.

Details concerning his contract and the other technical team members whom he will work with will be communicated in due course.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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