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Rwanda settles for bronze as Uganda lifts Cecafa U-15 Cup

By Mugabe

Rwanda Under-15 National Team defeated Burundi to finish third at the 2019 CECAFA Boys Challenge Cup Tournament which climaxed on Friday in Asmara, Eritrea.

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad together with Football leaders from the Cecafa region graced the finals at the Asmara National Stadium. Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) was represented by Vice President Habyarimana Marcel.

In the third-place match which was played earlier in the afternoon, Rwanda were forced to win the encounter in penalties as they converted 4-2 to edge the Burundian side following a 1-all draw in normal regulation time.

Burundi scored first through Adelard Igiraneza in the 6th minute while Rwanda equalized in the 76th minute through Celestin Uwizeyimana.

Rwanda then sealed the victory in penalties as the Junior Wasps converted four while Rwandan goalkeeper Christian Nsimiyamana saved Fieury Baritonda and Patrick Nduwimana penalty kicks.

After the game, Rwanda Coach Yves Rwasamanzi said, β€œWe won against a strong side. It was luck that we won because Burundi played well, but the equalizer got us back into the game,”

En-route to the bronze medal spot, Rwanda defeated South Sudan 3-0; Ethiopia 3-0, Tanzania 2-1 and lost to Uganda 0-3 in Group B matches. In the semi-final, Rwanda lost to Kenya 2-4 on penalties after a 1-all draw in normal regulation time.

In the final, Ugandan team humbled Kenya 4-0 with the Devis Ogwal and Travis Mutyaba giving Uganda a 2-0 lead at half time before Abasi Kyeyune netted a second half brace to take his tally in the tournament to nine.

Uganda was awarded the trophy and medals while Kenya and Rwanda received silver and bronze medals respectively.

Uganda's Striker Kyeyune was awarded with the top scorer's award, Kenya's Alvin Odari Lwangu was voted best goalkeeper, while Eritrea's Temesgen Tesfay was voted best player of the tournament.

The tournament financed by FIFA attracted Uganda, Kenya, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

2019 CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
August 30, 2019
Third-place

Rwanda 1-1 Burundi (Rwanda wins 4-2 on penalties)

Final
Uganda 4-0 Kenya
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2022 FIFA WC Qualifier: Rwatubyaye, Mukunzi arrive ahead of Seychelles tie

By Mugabe

Amavubi duo of US based defender Rwatubyaye Abdul and Sweden-based midfielder Yannick Mukunzi arrived in the country on Friday night ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Seychelles.

Rwatubyaye who features for Colorado Rapids, USA and Mukunzi who plays for Sandvikens IF in Sweden arrived aboard KLM airways at 19:40.

The pair joins Papy Sibomana who plays for Tanzanian side Young Africans, Egyptian side Misr El Makkasa midfielder Kevin Muhire who arrived in camp on Thursday and Bayisenge Emery (Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh) who has been in Rwanda for holidays.

More professional players expected on Saturday include: forward Muhadjiri Hakizimana (Emirates Club, UAE) at 19:40 aboard KLM and Meddie Kagere who plies his trade with Tanzanian league champions SC Simba at 8pm aboard Rwandair.

On Sunday, Nirisarike Salomon (FC Tubize, Belgium) is expected in Kigali at 6:50am aboard Rwandair from Brussels while Bizimana Djihad (Waasland Beveren, Belgium) arrives later in the evening at 19:40 aboard KLM from Amsterdam.

Forward Tuyisenge Jacques who plays for Petro Atletico in Angola will link up with team in Seychelles with expected arrival due on September 2, 2019 at 14:20.

The Amavubi team which is holding intensive preparations departs for Seychelles capital city Victoria on Monday night ahead of the first leg tie which will be played on September 5 at Stade Linite at 16:00 (14:00 local time)

The return leg will be staged on September 10 at Stade de Kigali at 18:00.

The aggregate winner will then qualify for a place in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

2022 World Cup Qualifiers
First Leg, September 5

Seychelles v Rwanda

Return Leg, September 10
Rwanda vs Seychelles
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Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup: Rwanda fail to reach final after losing to Kenya

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Under 15 National team failed to reach the final of the 2019 CECAFA Under 15 Boys Challenge Cup after losing to Kenya on penalties on Wednesday afternoon at Asmara Stadium in Eritrea.

Rwanda and Kenya played a 1-all draw in normal regulation time following Kevin Wangaya Injehu's 46th minute goal for Kenya which was canceled by Sultan Bobo Sibomana in the 63rd minute.

Rwanda dominated the first half with Iradukunda Pacifique securing a clear chance to find the net in the opening minutes of the game all alone leaving Kenyan goalie Lwangu Alvin Odari to save his goal post with a brilliant save.

Rwanda continued to press with Irahamye Eric, Sibomana and skipper Hoziyana Kenedy all getting their attempts saved by Kenyan goalie and good defence.

Kenya also got some chances in the first half through Wangaya, Sirma Teddy, Harel Gil and Kahindi Nyale but Rwandan goalie Nshimiyimana Christian outstandingly played an outstanding role as he kept his goal line safe.

A lapse in defense from Rwanda in the opening minutes of the second half earned Kenya a lead with Wangaya netting the opening goal for the Kenyan youngsters.

Rwanda continued to press and thanks to Sibomana, they secured an equalizer in the 63rd minute. With two minutes to the end of the game, Kenya's Umar Yasin Rajab was sent off after a second bookable offence committed on Rwandan forward Irahamye.

With a 1-all draw in normal time, both sides had to be separated by penalties with Kenya converting four penalties while Rwanda only managed to score two penalties respectively.

Penalties converted for Kenya were from Ibrahim Mone Mwaro, Robby Kahindi Mangi, Joseph Munala Odera and Kevin Wangaya Injehu who netted the last winning penalty while skipper James Murage Gachango's penalty as saved by Rwandan goalie Nshimiyimana Christian.

For Rwanda, Eric Irahamye and Sultan Bobo Sibomana managed to convert their penalties while Serieux Mbonyamahoro and David Niyo's penalties were saved by Kenyan goalie Alvin Odari Lwangu.

In the second semi-final match, Uganda powered past Burundi registering a 6-0 victory in a one-sided match to book a place in the finals.

Rwanda will face Burundi in the third place match of the tournament due on Friday before Uganda takes on Kenya in the final.

The Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup, the first of its kind in Africa has been funded by FIFA. The tournament has attracted hosts Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Semi-final Results
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Kenya 1-1 Rwanda (Rwanda lose 2-4 on penalties)
Uganda 6-0 Burundi

Friday, August 30, 2019
3rd Place

Rwanda vs Burundi-1pm (12:00 local time))

Final
Uganda vs Kenya-3:30 (2:30pm local time)
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CECAFA U-15 Challenge up: We are ready for Kenya, says Rwasamanzi

By Mugabe

The National U-15 football team, the Junior Wasps, takes on Kenyan youngsters in the first semi-final action of the 2019 CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup on Wednesday afternoon at Asmara National Stadium in Eritrea.

The first semi-final match between Rwanda and Kenya has been set for 13:30 (12:30 local time) while the second semi-final between Uganda and Burundi is due at 16:00 (15:00 local time).

Rwanda lost to Uganda 3-0 in the final Group B match played on Sunday and finished in second place in Group B behind Uganda who will face Burundi who finished in second place in Group A.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Rwanda Coach Yves Rwasamanzi said, β€œWe are happy and proud of boys' performances in all the group stage matches they have played. We won three matches and lost one, it was very good challenge for them,”

β€œAgainst Kenya, we expect another tough duel considering the strength and talent of their players' exhibited during this competition. We will play against a good team which has a good coach and technically gifted boys,”

β€œWe have had time to train and adjust our game heading into the semi-final tie. It's going to be a good game, open to each side and it's an added advantage for my boys to benefit from this experience facing a strong Kenya team. Our aim is to win and further reach the final,” added Rwasamanzi.

Coach Rwasamanzi will miss the sevices of injured Iradukunda Siraji and suspended Mwizerwa Eric who accumulated two yellow cards in the group stage action hence missing the semi-final tie.

However, Irahamye Eric who is ranked fourth on top goal scorers chart with 4 goals, behind Kyeyune Abasi of Uganda with six goals and Eritrea's Ahmed Awad, will be expected to start the game after he was rested in the Rwanda's Group B encounter against Uganda.

Reacting on their semi-final tie against Rwanda, the Kenyan coach Sagar Lakhani said, β€œRwanda are a very good side, we have a lot of respect for them. They have come through a tough group. They are physical, strong, fast and direct and we are trying to prepare and we have had a few good training sessions leading up to tomorrow's (Wednesday) game in preparation for that type of football,”

β€œWe know it going to be an excellent and close game and we are really excited for it,” added Lakhani.

A record 67 goals were scored in twenty games of the Group stages, while 21 yellow cards were dished out. South Sudan's David Duol Doluony was the only player to receive a red card in the group stage.

The winners will proceed to the final slated for Friday, August 30 which will be graced by the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad.

The Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup, the first of its kind in Africa has been funded by FIFA. The tournament has attracted hosts Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Semi-finals
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Kenya vs Rwanda -13:30 (12:30 local time)
Uganda vs Burundi-16:00 (15:00 local time)

Leading scorers
Abasi Kyeyune (Uganda) 6 goals
Ahmed Awad (Eritrea) 5 goals
Eric Irahamye (Rwanda) 4 goals
Florien Interiteka (Burundi) 4 goals
Rabbin Katuli Sanga (Tanzania) 3 goals
Kevin Wangaya Injehu (Kenya) 3 goals
Davis Ogwal (Uganda) 3 goals
Travis Mutyaba (Uganda) 3 goals
Temesgen Tesfay (Eritrea) 3 goals
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2022 FIFA World Cup: Mashami names squad for Seychelles double-header

By Mugabe

Rwanda senior men's head coach Mashami Vincent on Monday named a 25-man for next month's two-legged 2022 World Cup qualifier Seychelles.

The Amavubi Stars will face the Pirates of Seychelles in the first leg on September 5 before hosting the return leg on September 10, 2019 at Stade de Kigali at 18h00.

The aggregate winner will then qualify for a place in the group stage.

The provisional squad which was named earlier today is comprised of ten professional players and fifteen players from domestic Rwanda Premier League clubs.

The professional players include; Rwatubyaye Abdul (Colorado Rapids, USA), Nirisarike Salomon (FC Tubize, Belgium), Bayisenge Emery (Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh), Muhire Kevin (Misr El Makkasa, Egypt), Mukunzi Yannick (Sandvikens IF, Sweden), Bizimana Djihad (Waasland Beveren, Belgium), Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Tuyisenge Jacques (Petro Atletico, Angola), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (Emirates Club, UAE) and Sibomana Patrick (Young Africans).

Speaking during the press briefing, Mashami said, β€˜This is a good opportunity for us to work hard and get this team winning again as all Rwandans expect. Even if we have not managed to get a friendly match to prepare for the Seychelles game, we are going to use the preparation period well to get at the expected level as much as we can,'

β€˜I believe in this squad a lot, I know the results have not come our way in the previous campaigns, but I am very much impressed by the performances we put in the last AFCON qualifying campaign,'

β€˜We only need to work on our finishing because in many matches, we didn't capitalize on our chances as much we desired. We also need to raise our level of concentration in matches so as to avoid conceding a lot as most of goals we conceded were due to lapses in concentration,'

On summoning AS Kigali midfielder Haruna Niyonzima, Mashami said, β€˜I have never shit the door for him. It was the right time for him to come back in the squad. He didn't get a call up because he asked us not to consider him be given time to sort out his issues in Tanzania with his former club back then,'

Targets
β€˜The number one target for us is to eliminate Seychelles then secondly perform better in the latter stages of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. As a coach I believe we can qualify for both 2021 AFCON and 2020 CHAN final tournaments because I believe we have the ability and a good team to take us to these tournaments,' added Mashami.

Rwanda is currently ranked 133rd in the latest FIFA rankings while their opponents Seychelles are 59 places below them. In the previous world cup qualification, Rwanda failed to go past the first round as they lost out to Libya and this year, they will be hoping to come among the 14 teams who will win their qualification play-offs to join other 26 highly-ranked teams in the group stage, with only five teams advancing to Qatar 2022.

The Amavubi squad which joins camp this evening at La Palisse Hotel starts training on Tuesday at Stade de Kigali from 15:30.

Aggregate winners join the 26 countries given byes, based on the July world rankings, in the six-round group phase from next March.

The 10 section winners advance to playoffs, which will decide the five qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia represented Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and none of them made it past the first round.

Rwanda's Provisional squad:
Goalkeepers:
Rwabugiri Omar (APR FC), Kimenyi Yves (Rayon Sports FC) and Ndayishimiye Eric (AS Kigali)

Defenders: Rwatubyaye Abdul (Colorado Rapids, USA), Nirisarike Salomon (FC Tubize, Belgium), Manzi Thierry (APR FC), Fitina Omborenga (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR FC), Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports), Bayisenge Emery (Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh) and Iradukunda Eric (Rayon Sports).

Midfielders: Butera Andrew (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Misr El Makkasa, Egypt), Mukunzi Yannick (Sandvikens IF, Sweden), Niyonzima Olivier (APR FC), Bizimana Djihad (Waasland Beveren, Belgium), Niyonzima Haruna (AS Kigali) and Iranzi Jean Claude (Rayon Sports).

Forwards: Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Tuyisenge Jacques (Petro Atletico, Angola), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (Emirates Club, UAE), Mico Justin (Police FC), Sugira Ernest (APR FC), Manishimwe Djabel (APR FC) and Sibomana Patrick (Young Africans).

2022 World Cup Qualifiers
First Leg, September 5

Seychelles v Rwanda

Return Leg, September 10
Rwanda vs Seychelles
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CECAFA U-15 Champs: Rwanda to face Kenya in Semis

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Junior Wasps lost to Uganda 3-0 in the final Group B match played on Sunday at Asmara stadium in Eritrea.

A brace from Kyeyune Abasi and Ouke Patrick earned the Ugandan side maximum points to cement their top place finish of Group B with 12 points.

Coach Yves Rwasamanzi who fielded a second string side finished the group stage ranked second with nine points having won three matches and lost once.

In the semi-final stage due on Wednesday, August 28, Rwanda will face Kenya who finished top of Group A with 10 points in the first semi-final match while Uganda will be up against Burundi who finished second of the group in the second semi-final match of the day..

The winners will proceed to the final slated for Friday, August 30 which will be graced by the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad.

The Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup, the first of it's kind in Africa has been funded by FIFA. The tournament has attracted hosts Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Match Day 10 Results
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Group B

Ethiopia 1-3 Tanzania
Rwanda 0-3 Uganda

Semi-finals
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Kenya vs Rwanda
Uganda vs Burundi

Group A standing
P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Kenya 4 3 1 0 10 3 7 10
Burundi 4 4 1 0 9 3 6 10
Eritrea 4 1 1 2 9 5 4 4
Somalia 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 4
Sudan 3 0 0 4 0 16 -16 0

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Uganda 4 4 0 0 13 0 13 12
Rwanda 4 3 0 1 8 4 4 9
Tanzania 4 2 0 2 10 5 5 6
Ethiopia 4 0 1 3 2 10 -8 1
S.Sudan 4 0 1 3 1 15 -14 1
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CAF CC: AS Kigali overcome KMC to reach first round

By Mugabe

Rwanda's representatives AS Kigali registered a 2-1 victory against Tanzania's KMC away from home to book their place in the first round of the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup on Friday in the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Strikes from Kalisa Rashid and Eric Nsabimana in the 29th and 63rd minute sent the Kigali City sponsored side into the first round of the lucrative continental club competition.

Burundian Yussuf Ndikumana snatched the consolation goal for hosts through a penalty in the 87th minute but it was not enough to take through the Tanzanian outfit.

AS Kigali who had played a goalless draw in Kigali in the first leg sealed a 2-1 aggregate victory to set-up a first round clash against either Uganda's Proline FC or Malawi's Masters Security Services.

Both clubs will play their return leg on Saturday in Blantyre and the Ugandan outfit has an advantage following a 3-0 win over the Malawian side in the first leg played in Kampala a fortnight ago.

The first round matches are scheduled to be played in the second week of September, 2019.

CAF Confederation Cup
Preliminary Round
Second Leg Result
Friday

KMC 1-2 AS Kigali (Agg 1-2)
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Rwanda storms CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup Semis

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Under-15 Boys Challenge Cup booked a place in the semi finals of the 2019 CECAFA U-15 Chalelnge Cup after registering a 2-1 win over Tanzania on Friday at Asmara National Stadium in Eritrea.

The win over Tanzania sent Rwanda to 9 points on top of Group B.

Skipper Hoziyana Kenedy put Rwanda ahead in the 4th minute with a brilliant strike outside the goal area beating Tanzanian goalie Miraji Rashid.

Four minutes later Rwandan goalie Nshimiyimana Christian fouled Tanzanian forward Fundumo Gaby Joseph in the goal area, awarding Tanzania a clear penalty which was converted by Katuli Rabbin Sanga.

Rwandan forward Irahamye Eric snatched the winning goal with another beautiful strike in the 32nd minute as he curled a long shot past Miraji into the goal nets to end the first half 2-1 in favour of Rwanda. Irahamye has now scored four goals in three matches.

In the second half, Rwanda frustrated Tanzanians as they stopped all their attempts with goalie Nshimiyimana Christian and skipper Hoziyana playing a crucial role in a defensive tactical approach which Coach Yves Rwasamanzi had employed.

Rwanda's final Group B match against Uganda will be played on Sunday at 15:30.

In the second game, Uganda thumped South Sudan 5-0 to also seal their semi-final round spot.

On Saturday, Burundi takes on Sudan while Somalia will be up against Eritrea in Group A.

Match Day 8 Results
Friday, August 23, 2019
Group B

Tanzania 1-2 Rwanda
Uganda 5-0 South Sudan

Group A standing
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Kenya 4 3 1 0 10 3 7 10
Burundi 3 3 1 0 5 3 2 7
Eritrea 3 1 0 2 8 4 4 3
Somalia 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 3
Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 12 -12 0

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Uganda 3 3 0 0 10 0 10 9
Rwanda 3 3 0 0 8 1 7 9
Tanzania 3 1 0 2 7 4 -3 3
Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1
S.Sudan 4 0 1 3 1 15 -14 1
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AS Kigali face uphill task in Caf Confederation Cup

By Mugabe

AS Kigali are facing an uphill task to go past the preliminary round of the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup as they take on Tanzania's KMC in a decisive clash on Friday.

The game kicks-off 2pm CAT.

Eric Nshimiyimana's side were held to a goalless stalemate in the first leg, at Kigali Stadium, a fortnight ago. To progress to the second round, the City of Kigali-sponsored side need a scoring draw or win at the Dar Es Salaam National Stadium.

Speaking to Times Sport in a telephone interview from Tanzania, Nshimiyimana admitted that his team has a mountain to climb, but insisted that the players were up for the mission.

β€œIt is a tough challenge for me and my players, but we are ready. Winning – away from home –against KMC is not impossible,” he said.

Both sides had minimal chances of finding the back of each other's nets in the first leg, something the Rwandan side will have to address if they are to survive an early exit from the continent's second-biggest club competition.

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

CAF Confederation Cup
Friday
KMC Vs AS Kigali 14:00
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CECAFA U-15 Champs: Rwanda vie for semi-final slot against Tanzania

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Under-15 team take on Tanzania in their third Group B match set for this afternoon as they aim to reach the semi-final of the on-going Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup in Eritrea.

Kick-off for today's game is at 13:00 local time.

Top of Group B with six points, Yves Rwasamanzi will be seeking a win in today's match to cement the last four slot. Tanzania is ranked third on the log with three points.

A loss would jeopardize the Junior Wasps chances of progressing to the next round, meaning they would have to ensure that they seal a win over Uganda in their final match on Sunday.

Speaking on Wednesday, Rwasamanzi well knows the challenge that awaits his team today against a strong Tanzanian outfit.

β€œOur game against Tanzania is going to be a tough one considering their team strength. However, we must fight to remain on top of our group. We equally have a good team and boys know what we expect from them, so we go into the encounter with a positive mood,” added Rwasamanzi.

In the other game of the day, second-placed Uganda take on lowly ranked South Sudan at 15:30.

Meanwhile, Kenya and Burundi booked their semi-final slots. On Thursday, Kenya defeated hosts Eritrea 2-1 which sent them to 10 points on the log, while Burundi who have seven points and play their last group game against Sudan on Saturday have also made it to the knock out stage.

In an earlier Group A match Somalia beat Sudan 2-0 to register their first win in the tournament. Mahad Abduqadir and Abdullahi Omar Salad netted for the Somali team.

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

Match Day 8 Fixtures
Friday, August 23, 2019
Group B

Tanzania vs Rwanda-13:00
Uganda vs South Sudan-15:30

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Rwanda 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 6
Uganda 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6
Tanzania 2 1 0 1 6 2 -4 3
Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1
S.Sudan 3 0 1 2 1 10 -9 1
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CECAFA U-15 Champs: Rwanda to face Kenya in Semis

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Junior Wasps lost to Uganda 3-0 in the final Group B match played on Sunday at Asmara stadium in Eritrea.

A brace from Kyeyune Abasi and Ouke Patrick earned the Ugandan side maximum points to cement their top place finish of Group B with 12 points.

Coach Yves Rwasamanzi who fielded a second string side finished the group stage ranked second with nine points having won three matches and lost once.

In the semi-final stage due on Wednesday, August 28, Rwanda will face Kenya who finished top of Group A with 10 points in the first semi-final match while Uganda will be up against Burundi who finished second of the group in the second semi-final match of the day..

The winners will proceed to the final slated for Friday, August 30 which will be graced by the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad.

The Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup, the first of it's kind in Africa has been funded by FIFA. The tournament has attracted hosts Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Match Day 10 Results
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Group B

Ethiopia 1-3 Tanzania
Rwanda 0-3 Uganda

Semi-finals
Wednesday, August 25, 2019
Kenya vs Rwanda
Uganda vs Burundi

Group A standing
P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Kenya 4 3 1 0 10 3 7 10
Burundi 4 4 1 0 9 3 6 10
Eritrea 4 1 1 2 9 5 4 4
Somalia 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 4
Sudan 3 0 0 4 0 16 -16 0

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Uganda 4 4 0 0 13 0 13 12
Rwanda 4 3 0 1 8 4 4 9
Tanzania 4 2 0 2 10 5 5 6
Ethiopia 4 0 1 3 2 10 -8 1
S.Sudan 4 0 1 3 1 15 -14 1
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CAF CC: AS Kigali overcome KMC to reach first round

By Mugabe

Rwanda's representatives AS Kigali registered a 2-1 victory against Tanzania's KMC away from home to book their place in the first round of the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup on Friday in the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Strikes from Kalisa Rashid and Eric Nsabimana in the 29th and 63rd minute sent the Kigali City sponsored side into the first round of the lucrative continental club competition.

Burundian Yussuf Ndikumana snatched the consolation goal for hosts through a penalty in the 87th minute but it was not enough to take through the Tanzanian outfit.

AS Kigali who had played a goalless draw in Kigali in the first leg sealed a 2-1 aggregate victory to set-up a first round clash against either Uganda's Proline FC or Malawi's Masters Security Services.

Both clubs will play their return leg on Saturday in Blantyre and the Ugandan outfit has an advantage following a 3-0 win over the Malawian side in the first leg played in Kampala a fortnight ago.

The first round matches are scheduled to be played in the second week of September, 2019.

CAF Confederation Cup
Preliminary Round
Second Leg Result
Friday

KMC 1-2 AS Kigali (Agg 1-2)
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Rwanda storms CECAFA U-15 Challenge Cup Semis

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Under-15 Boys Challenge Cup booked a place in the semi finals of the 2019 CECAFA U-15 Chalelnge Cup after registering a 2-1 win over Tanzania on Friday at Asmara National Stadium in Eritrea.

The win over Tanzania sent Rwanda to 9 points on top of Group B.

Skipper Hoziyana Kenedy put Rwanda ahead in the 4th minute with a brilliant strike outside the goal area beating Tanzanian goalie Miraji Rashid.

Four minutes later Rwandan goalie Nshimiyimana Christian fouled Tanzanian forward Fundumo Gaby Joseph in the goal area, awarding Tanzania a clear penalty which was converted by Katuli Rabbin Sanga.

Rwandan forward Irahamye Eric snatched the winning goal with another beautiful strike in the 32nd minute as he curled a long shot past Miraji into the goal nets to end the first half 2-1 in favour of Rwanda. Irahamye has now scored four goals in three matches.

In the second half, Rwanda frustrated Tanzanians as they stopped all their attempts with goalie Nshimiyimana Christian and skipper Hoziyana playing a crucial role in a defensive tactical approach which Coach Yves Rwasamanzi had employed.

Rwanda's final Group B match against Uganda will be played on Sunday at 15:30.

In the second game, Uganda thumped South Sudan 5-0 to also seal their semi-final round spot.

On Saturday, Burundi takes on Sudan while Somalia will be up against Eritrea in Group A.

Match Day 8 Results
Friday, August 23, 2019
Group B

Tanzania 1-2 Rwanda
Uganda 5-0 South Sudan

Group A standing
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Kenya 4 3 1 0 10 3 7 10
Burundi 3 3 1 0 5 3 2 7
Eritrea 3 1 0 2 8 4 4 3
Somalia 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 3
Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 12 -12 0

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Uganda 3 3 0 0 10 0 10 9
Rwanda 3 3 0 0 8 1 7 9
Tanzania 3 1 0 2 7 4 -3 3
Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1
S.Sudan 4 0 1 3 1 15 -14 1
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AS Kigali face uphill task in Caf Confederation Cup

By Mugabe

AS Kigali are facing an uphill task to go past the preliminary round of the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup as they take on Tanzania's KMC in a decisive clash on Friday.

The game kicks-off 2pm CAT.

Eric Nshimiyimana's side were held to a goalless stalemate in the first leg, at Kigali Stadium, a fortnight ago. To progress to the second round, the City of Kigali-sponsored side need a scoring draw or win at the Dar Es Salaam National Stadium.

Speaking to Times Sport in a telephone interview from Tanzania, Nshimiyimana admitted that his team has a mountain to climb, but insisted that the players were up for the mission.

β€œIt is a tough challenge for me and my players, but we are ready. Winning – away from home –against KMC is not impossible,” he said.

Both sides had minimal chances of finding the back of each other's nets in the first leg, something the Rwandan side will have to address if they are to survive an early exit from the continent's second-biggest club competition.

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

CAF Confederation Cup
Friday
KMC Vs AS Kigali 14:00
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CECAFA U-15 Champs: Rwanda vie for semi-final slot against Tanzania

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Under-15 team take on Tanzania in their third Group B match set for this afternoon as they aim to reach the semi-final of the on-going Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup in Eritrea.

Kick-off for today's game is at 13:00 local time.

Top of Group B with six points, Yves Rwasamanzi will be seeking a win in today's match to cement the last four slot. Tanzania is ranked third on the log with three points.

A loss would jeopardize the Junior Wasps chances of progressing to the next round, meaning they would have to ensure that they seal a win over Uganda in their final match on Sunday.

Speaking on Wednesday, Rwasamanzi well knows the challenge that awaits his team today against a strong Tanzanian outfit.

β€œOur game against Tanzania is going to be a tough one considering their team strength. However, we must fight to remain on top of our group. We equally have a good team and boys know what we expect from them, so we go into the encounter with a positive mood,” added Rwasamanzi.

In the other game of the day, second-placed Uganda take on lowly ranked South Sudan at 15:30.

Meanwhile, Kenya and Burundi booked their semi-final slots. On Thursday, Kenya defeated hosts Eritrea 2-1 which sent them to 10 points on the log, while Burundi who have seven points and play their last group game against Sudan on Saturday have also made it to the knock out stage.

In an earlier Group A match Somalia beat Sudan 2-0 to register their first win in the tournament. Mahad Abduqadir and Abdullahi Omar Salad netted for the Somali team.

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

Match Day 8 Fixtures
Friday, August 23, 2019
Group B

Tanzania vs Rwanda-13:00
Uganda vs South Sudan-15:30

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Rwanda 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 6
Uganda 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6
Tanzania 2 1 0 1 6 2 -4 3
Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1
S.Sudan 3 0 1 2 1 10 -9 1
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CECAFA U-15 Champs: Rwanda edge Ethiopia in Asmara

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Under-15 team maintained their perfect start as they edged Ethiopia 3-0 in their second Group B match played on Wednesday in the on on-going Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup in Eritrea.

Iradukunda Siradji put Rwanda ahead in the 36th minute, putting to use a a good set-piece from Irahamye Eric. Two minutes later Iradukunda Pacifique doubled the lead with a good strike before skipper Hoziyana Kenedy snatched the third goal.

Coach Yves Rwasamanzi hailed the youngsters for the victory adding that they will need to double their efforts against Tanzania on Friday.

β€˜I would like to thank my players for today's performance. We played against a good team; we didn't allow them to play their usual tactical game while pushing harder in search for goals. Good enough we scored early in the second half,'

β€œWe now have to concentrate on the next game against Tanzania. It's going to be a tough match and we must fight to remain on the top spot and see if we can qualify for the semi-final,” added Rwasamanzi.

With the result, Rwanda tops Group B with six points and a superior goal difference over Uganda which also has six points.

In an earlier game, Tanzania thrashed South Sudan 6-0 to register their maiden win in two matches. Tanzania scored their first goal through Juma Kiambe Hashimu after 27 minutes. After 35 minutes the referee awarded a penalty to Tanzania after South Sudan's Samuel Lahat James fouled Hashimu in the box.

Rabbin Katuli Sanga made no mistake sending the South Sudan goalkeeper David Doul Doluony the wrong side.

After recess Tanzania continued to pile pressure on their opponents before Joseph Gaby Fundumo made it 4-0 after 55 minutes. Later South Sudan's goalkeeper Doluony was sent off after a rough challenge on a Tanzanian striker after 65 minutes.

Sanga later netted his second goal of the day after 72 minutes, while skipper Juma Chasambi Ladaki scored the sixth.

Tanzania lies in third position with three points while Ethiopia and South Sudan are placed fourth and fifth with one point each respectively.

Action continues on Thursday with Group A matches where Somalia hosts Sudan at 1pm before Eritrea takes on Kenya at 15:30 local time at Asmara Stadium in Eritrea.

Kenya and Burundi lead Group A standings with seven points each while Eritrea has three points. Somalia and South Sudan are bottom of the log with no point.

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

Match Day 6 Results
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Group B

South Sudan 0-6 Tanzania
Ethiopia 0-3 Rwanda

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Group A

Somalia vs Sudan
Eritrea vs Kenya

Group B table standings
P W D L GF GA A Pts

Rwanda 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 6
Uganda 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6
Tanzania 3 1 0 1 6 2 -4 3
Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1
S.Sudan 3 0 1 2 1 10 -9 1
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Mashami appointed Rwanda Interim Head Coach

By Mugabe

Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has officially appointed Mashami Vincent as the interim National Men's Team Head Coach for a period of three months.

During this period, Mashami main targets as the Amavubi head coach are:

- Ensuring that Rwanda qualifies to the next round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Rwanda will face Seychelles in the preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers with the first leg due away in Victoria on September 2 while the return leg will be in Kigali on September 10, 2019, 18h00 at Stade de Kigali.

- Qualifying Rwanda to the 2020 CAF Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) whose finals will be played in Cameroon. Rwanda will play the final round against Ethiopia, with the first leg due on September 20 in Addis Ababa while the return leg is in Kigali on October 18, 2019.

- To ensure that Rwanda secures at least four points in the upcoming two 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers where Rwanda is placed in Group F against Mozambique, Cape Verde and hosts Cameroon. The first and second match days are scheduled in November 2019 with Rwanda playing away to Mozambique before hosting Cameroon in Kigali, all matches will be played between November 11-19, 2019.

Failure to meet one of the above targets, Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has the right to terminate or not to renew Mashami's contract.

Rwanda Men's Technical Team: Mashami Vincent (Head Coach), Habimana Sosthene (Assistant Coach), Seninga Innocent (Assistant Coach), Higiro Thomas (Goal Keeper Coach), Jean Paul Niyintunze (Fitness Coach), Nuhu Assouman (Team Doctor), Rutamu Patrick (Team Physico), Rutayisire Jackson (Team Administrator), Baziki Pierre (Kit Manager) and Munyaneza Jacques (Kit Manager).
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Cecafa U-15 Champs: Junior Wasps take on Ethiopia in Second Group B Encounter

By Mugabe

The Rwanda U-15 Team, Junior Wasps take on Ethiopia in their second Group B match scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Asmara International Stadium in Eritrea.

Following a 3-0 win over South Sudan in the opening match played last Saturday where striker Eric Irahamye netting a hat-trick, Coach Yves Rwasamanzi's side will be aiming to maintain a perfect start by registering a win over the Ethiopian side.

Rwasamanzi took the team to their last training on Tuesday morning at the Eritrean FA turf and believes they have prepared well and are ready for the challenge against Ethiopia at 15:30.

Ethiopia lost 3-0 to Uganda and managed a 1-all draw against South Sudan in their two Group B encounters.

In an earlier game set for Wednesday, South Sudan face Tanzania at 1pm with both sides looking for a maiden win in this championship.

South Sudan lost to Rwanda 0-3 and drew 1-1 against Ethiopia while Tanzania lost 0-2 to Uganda in their opening match.

In matches played on Tuesday in Group A, Burundi team fought from a goal down to hold Kenya to a 1-all draw while hosts Eritrea thrashed Sudan with a 6-0 score line.

The draw means the two teams have seven points each and will have to wait for their next games to decide if they make it to the semi finals.

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

CECAFA U-15 Boys Challenge Cup
Group A
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Kenya 1-1 Burundi
Sudan 0-6 Eritrea

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Group B

South Sudan vs Tanzania-1pm
Ethiopia vs Rwanda-3:30pm
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CAF CC: Nshimiyimana optimistic ahead of KMC tie breaker

By Mugabe

AS Kigali coach Eric Nshimiyimana will be hoping to turn around the table when they face Tanzania's KMC in the return leg of their CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round tie later this week.

The second encounter will be played away in the Tanzanian port city Dar es Salaam.

KMC held AS Kigali to goalless draw in first encounter at Kigali Stadium on August 11.

β€œThe team played very well. Everybody played very well during the first leg but it now over. So we have another match ahead of us, we need to start all over again,” explained Nshimiyimana.

The draw at home now leaves the City of Kigali-sponsored side having to win or secure a scoring draw away of they are to advance to the next stage

β€œWe need to concentrate on the next match. That match is going to be huge. We are preparing well for the return leg, which is the final for us, a must-win,” he said.

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

β€œWe were not aggressive in front of the goal. We gave in to all the duels by our opponent. We have retreated and usually when you do not win duels, the team that does it wins.” he noted

Things are not helped either with the loss by Nshimiyimana's boys to Police FC in a warm up game that was played at Amahoro National Stadium, in which the latter won 3-1 against AS Kigali.
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FIFA Futuro III Referees Instructors' Course begins in Kigali

By Mugabe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A distinctive feature this year was the Introduction of new digital platforms to help generate more efficient ways of instructing and testing referees. Additional items requiring thorough review included the latest concepts on education and assessment, the expanded on-line database for use in preparing teaching materials, plus the updated FIFA Fitness Test Requirements.
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