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CAF U-23 Qualifiers: Rwanda, DR Congo share spoils

By Mugabe

Hosts Rwanda were held to a goalless draw by DR Congo in the first leg, first round qualifiers of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

The entertaining encounter was staged on Wednesday at Stade Umuganda in Rubavu District.

The two neighbours were pitted against each other in the first round of the ongoing qualifiers for the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations finals due in August next year, in Egypt.

Considering that Jimmy Mulisa's youthful side had less than a week together in camp and did not play a single friendly match, they played well but fell short when it came to breaking down their opponents' defense and finding the target.

The Amavubi Olympic team started the better side but not long before the Congolese side took control of the game in the first half.

APR forward Lague Byiringiro and his former club teammate Innocent Nshuti started upfront but the duo's impact was noticeably below par.

The visitors, through Jackson Muleka, had two clear chances to take the lead but his effort in the 37th minute, and two minutes later, went wide.

Rwanda made two significant attempts through skipper Dominique Savio Nshuti and Innocent Nshuti in the first half but none was able to put the hosts ahead.

In the 50th minute, DR Congo forward Muleka almost broke the deadlock but his would-be fabulous finish was cleared by Rayon Sports centre-back Ange Mustinzi.

Later in the game, Mulisa made three changes to reinforce his attack as Abeddy Biramahire came on for Innocent Nshuti, Patrick Mugisha for Byiringiro and Samuel Gueulette for Djabel Manishimwe, but the replacements didn't produce any notable threat against a well-composed Guy Busaka's side.

Following Wednesday's home draw, Rwanda will have an uphill task in the decisive clash when they take on DR Congo in Kinshasa next Wednesday.

The winner will face Morocco in the penultimate round in March 2019.

CAF U-23 Qualifiers
First Round, 1st Leg Results
Wednesday Matches

Rwanda 0-0 DR Congo
Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Sao Tome & Principe
Mauritania 1-2 Guinea
Mauritius 0-5 Kenya
Burundi 2-0 Tanzania
Ethiopia 4-0 Somalia
Uganda1-0 South Sudan
Seychelles 1-1 Sudan
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Stakes high as Rwanda host DRC in AFCON U-23 clash

By Mugabe

Head coach Jimmy Mulisa will be desperate for home victory when Rwanda U-23 host their counterparts of DR Congo on Wednesday afternoon at Umuganda Stadium, in Rubavu District.

The two neighbours face off in the first-leg clash of the first round in qualifiers of the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations finals due in Egypt, in August.

The stakes are high for either side as they are both looking to advance to the penultimate round where the winner over the two-legged tie will meet Morocco in March next year.

Mulisa has vowed that his boys are ready β€˜to do the needful' to earn a win in the first-leg before traveling to Kinshasa for the decisive encounter next week.

β€œWe are ready for the challenge, and we will give our best in order to get a big win ahead of the return-leg in Kinshasa. The game is going to be tough on both sides, but the boys are in upbeat mood and want to make the most of home advantage,” said Mulisa.

He added: β€œWe know we are facing a relatively strong side, but we have prepared accordingly. Going into the game with an underdog tag puts us in a good position to prove otherwise.”

The DR Congo head coach, Guy Busaka, said that his side had enough time to prepare and study their opponents.

β€œWe know Rwanda and are aware of their strengths. We must avoid unnecessary mistakes in defence and utilise well every our goal opportunities. Thankfully, we will host the return-leg, if we do well at Umuganda Stadium, chances to make it to the next stage will be high,” Busaka said.

The third and final round of qualifiers will be held in June next year.

The tournament, slated for November 8-22 2019 in Egypt, will determine three teams that will represent Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

This will be the 3rd edition of Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.
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Div. 2 football league to start on December 15

By Mugabe

The 2018-2019 second division football championship will start on December 15, Rwanda football federation (Ferwafa) has confirmed.

The second tier league will be comprised of 24 teams, grouped under two pools. pairing of the groupings will be done in a drawing ceremony scheduled later this month.

The lower division will come almost two months after the topflight football league got underway on October 19.

Last season, Intare were crowned champions of the league after overcoming AS Muhanga 2-1 in the final at Amahoro Stadium. As a result, the two sides earned automatic promotion to Azam Rwanda Premier League for the ongoing 2018-19 season.

However, Intare shockingly withdrew from topflight football in August, opting to remain in the second division and focus on nurturing talents. They were replaced by then relegated Gicumbi.
Photo: Intare FC have decided to remain in the second division league despite earning promotion to topflight football in July. Sam Ngendahimana.
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Newly elected Federation Presidents visit CAF

By Mugabe

Five member federations of the African Football Confederation have recently elected their president: Benin, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

On 12 November 2018, Presidents Mathurin De Chacus (Benin), Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas (Congo), Esayas Abraham Weldeyesus (Eritrea), Isayas Jira Bosho (Ethiopia) and Jean Damascene Sekamana (Rwanda) were invited to the headquarters of the an instance in Cairo, Egypt.

They were received by President Ahmad Ahmad and Acting Secretary General Essadek Alaoui.

It was an opportunity for the new leaders of these member associations to discuss with the CAF President, to discover the headquarters of CAF and get to know the people in the administration who are their interlocutors on a daily basis.

Mathurin De Chacus became the new boss of the Beninese Football Federation at the end of the FBF General Assembly, obtaining 55 out of 75 votes from the voting delegates on August 25, 2018.

Jean-Guy Blaise Mayolas, the only presidential candidate of the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT), succeeded Jean-Michel Mbono at the end of the extraordinary general assembly of Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Esayas Abraham Weldeyesus (Eritrea) attended his first General Assembly of the Confederation as President at the end of September 2018, in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.

Esayas Jira, the elected new president of the Ethiopian Football Federation won the elections on June 3 by 87 votes out of the 145 delegates, ahead of Assefaw while Kahesaye and Basha withdrew their candidacy.

At Ferwafa (Rwandan Football Federation) on March 31, 2018, Jean Damascène Sekamana succeeded Vincent Nzamwita for the next four years. Opposed to Louis Rurangirwa, Jean Damascene Sekamana won 45 out of 53 votes.
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Amavubi Pros jet in ahead of CAR tie

By Mugabe

AMAVUBI Head Coach Vincent Mashami has received a boost from five professional players ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic slated for November 18 at Huye Stadium.

Seven professional players were given a call-up for the tie.

They include while Steve Rubanguka (Patromaasmeshelen, Belgium) and Tresor Shema (Torhout 1992km FC, Belgium) who arrived on Sunday and proceeded to Amavubi residential camp at Hotel Credo Huye while midfielder, Djihad Bizimana (Waasland Beveren, Belgium) jetted in on Sunday night while Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Meddie Kagere (SC Simba, Tanzania) arrived on Monday.

Egyptian based Danny Usengimana who plies his trade with Egyptian side Terasan arrives tonight and will join Amavubi residential base on Wednesday morning in Huye.

Mashami will start assessing the level of his players this week once everyone expected has arrived in camp.

β€œRegardless of what has happened in previous matches, we must win this game,” he said. β€œWe started this campaign on a poor note but we need to finish on a positive note.

While mathematically Amavubi, with one point from four games, can still qualify for next year's Afcon finals in Cameroon it looks like mission impossible for Mashami's men.

Notable absentees include skipper Haruna Niyonzima (SC Simba, Tanzania), Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza (APR FC), centre-back Belgium-based defender Salomon Nirisarike and goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera of Free State Stars, South Africa.

Meanwhile, Central African Republic national football team, Les Fauves, started to arrive in the country on Monday night ahead of the qualifier against Rwanda.

The 34-man delegation was set to arrive in two batches aboard commercial flights, one on Monday evening and another on Tuesday afternoon.

They will be residing at Hill Top Hotel in Remera and hold their training sessions at Kigali Stadium twice every day until Thursday.

The team, led by Swiss Coach Raoul Savoy, will visit Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay their respect to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi before heading to Huye District ahead of the game.

They will stay at Mater Boni Consilii Hotel.

CAR will hold two training sessions at Huye Stadium on Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday's game.

After four matches, CAR are third in Group H standings with four points, three ahead of bottom-placed Rwanda. Leaders Guinea have 10 points followed by former African champions Cote d'Ivoire who sit second on the log with seven points.

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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Amavubi U-23 in upbeat mood ahead of DR Congo clash

By Mugabe

RWANDA's U23 national team is in a positive mood ahead of the upcoming first-leg clash against DR Congo in the first round qualifiers of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Olympic Amavubi team will host neighbours DR Congo in the first-leg at Umuganda Stadium, in Rubavu District, on Wednesday before traveling to Kinshasa for the decisive encounter a week later.

The team which is camped at Gorilla Hotel in Rubavu District has been holding intensive preparations since Thursday last week. The Junior Wasps managed by Amavubi legend Jimmy Mulisa will be holding light sessions today and tomorrow as they seek to register a vital home win against DR Congo, in a tricky qualifier which will be staged on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to media over the weekend, Mulisa said, β€œWe are taking the game very seriously, and we want a big win in the first leg by all means. The mood in camp in excellent and players are determined to get the job done,”

The winner between Rwanda and DR Congo will take on Morocco in the second round, which will be played in March next year. The third and final round will be staged in June.

The tournament, slated for November 8-22 2019, will determine three teams that will represent Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

This will be the 3rd edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.
Source: [email protected], Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

2019 AFCON Qualifier: CAR delegation arrives on Monday ahead of Amavubi tie

By Mugabe

The delegation of Central African Republic national football team, Les Fauves, is expected in the country on Monday and Tuesday ahead of their upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.

Rwanda hosts Central African Republic in match day five of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' Qualifier on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Stade Huye in Huye District.

The 34-man delegation is set to arrive in two batches aboard commercial flights on Monday evening and and another one on Tuesday afternoon.

They will be residing at Hill Top Hotel in Remera while their training sessions will be held at Stade de Kigali twice every day until Thursday.

The team led by Swiss Coach Raoul Savoy will visit Kigali Genocide Memorial centre to pay their respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi buried at the memorial before heading to their designated residential base in Huye District, Mater Boni Consilii Hotel.

They will hold two training sessions at Stade Huye on Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon respectively ahead of Sunday's game.

After four matches, CAR is placed third in Group H standings with four points while Rwanda is placed bottom of the group with only one point, nine points behind leaders Guinea who are followed by former African champions Cote d'Ivoire who sit second on the log with seven points.

Central African Republic Delegation:
Players:
Keita Salif, Anzite Franklin, Samolah Prince Junior, Samolah Elvis, Ban Thibaut, Toropite Tresor, Dimokoyen Saintfort, Dertin Amores, Ndobe Sadock, Ngam-Ngam St Cyr, Zimbori Nicaise, Enza-Yamissi Eloge, Nimani Frederic, Madibe Vivien, Kethevoama Foxi, Habibou Habib, Kondogbia Geoffrey, Lembet Geoffrey, Ngakoutou Quentin, Manga David, Mafouta Louis, Youga Amos, Yambere Cedric

Staff:
Savoy Raoul (Head Coach), Kongo Willy (Manager), Mokopete Guy Marc (Head of Delegation), Lougoundji Herve (Assistant Coach), Bingo Jean-Louis (Goalkeeper coach), Guitinzia Romain (Doctor), Manda-Ngombe Sylvere (Kine), Dimanche Maurice (Kit Manager), Wambombo Fridolin (Media Officer), Kondogbia Basile (Dirigeant), Lasfargues Daniel (Kine).
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APR Fc, Mukura VS discover CAF Opponents

By Mugabe

Rwandan league champions APR FC has drawn Tunisian giants Club Africain while Peace Cup winners Mukura VS will face South Africa's Free State Stars in the preliminary round of the 2018-19 Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively.

There was a delay in releasing the fixture list for CAF's two inter-club competitions after it was meant to be done last weekend, however the fixtures have now been revealed.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the result of the drawing of lots of Total CAF Champions League as well as Total CAF Confederation Cup for the transitional season 2018/2019 on Friday afternoon.

Champions League
APR Fc, 18-time Rwandan league winners face a tricky test against Tunisian side Club Africain, a well known club which they faced a few years back.

In 2011, APR Fc lost to Club Africain 2-6 on aggregate in the preliminary round. The military side drew 2-2 in Kigali before suffering a humiliating 0-4 defeat in Tunis.

In the upcoming qualifying round, APR Fc will start the continental quest at home hosting the Tunisian giants at Stade de Kigali between November 27-28 before heading to Tunis for the return leg which will be staged at Stade Olympique de Radès between December 4-5, 2018 respectively.

The winner between APR FC and Club Africain will face the winner between Sudan's Al Hilal and Zanzibar's JKU Zanzibar in mid December.

The winners of the 1/16th-finals of the CL 2018-2019 will be a total of 15 clubs that will join CAF Champions League Winner (Season 2018) in the group matches of the 2018-2019 transitional season.

The winner of the title of the 2018 Champions League title will start their campaign from the group stage round while the runner-up will start their action from match number 69/70.

Club that have been given a bye into the next round include Al Ahly (Egypt), AS Vita Club (DR Congo), Esperance (Tunisia), TP MAzembe (DR Congo) and Morocco's Wydad AC).

Confederations Cup
Peace Cup winners Mukura VS who will be making their debut in the CAF Confederations Cup takes on Free State Stars of South Africa, a side managed by former Rayon Sports Fc coach Luc Eymael and currently employing Amavubi goalie Olivier Kwizera.

Mukura VS will play the first leg away to Free State Stars between November 27-28 before hosting the South African outfit at Stade Huye in Huye District between December 4-5, 2018 respectively.

The winner will face Sudan's Al Hilal Obeid in the round of 16 scheduled for mid December. Al Hilal Obeid was given a bye into the next round alongside Al Amasry (Egypt), Ahly Tripoli (Libya), Club Sportif Sfaxien (Tunisia), Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia, Uganda's KCCA, Egypt's Zamalek SC and Morocco's Raja.

Other Rwandan players who will be in action with their respective foreign African teams include Amavubi striker Kagere Meddie whose side SC Simba of Tanzania has drawn Mbabane Swallos of Eswathini formerly known as Swaziland while Jacques Tuyisenge who plays for Kenyan side Gor Mahia will take on Nyasa Bullets of Malawi.
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Azam Rwanda Premier League: Match Day 5 Results

By Mugabe

Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 5 Results
Tuesday, November 6

Etincelles FC 0-2 APR FC
Mukura VS 0-0 AS Kigali

Wednesday, November 7
Gicumbi FC 2-3 Amagaju FC
Sunrise FC 2-1 SC Kiyovu

Thursday, November 8
Espoir FC 1-0 Kirehe FC
Rayon Sports FC 3-0 Bugesera FC
AS Muhanga 0-0 Marines FC
Police FC 1-0 Musanze FC
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Huge Blow as Nirisarike is to miss CAR Afcon tie

By Mugabe

Amavubi's Belgium-based defender Nirisarike Salomon has been ruled out of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic due to health reasons.

Nirisarike who plays for AFC Tubize in Belgium sustained an ear drum complication earlier this week which can't enable him to withstand the plane pressure.

The Amavubi Technical Staff has been informed of the absence of Nirisarike and he will be replaced by Mukura VS defender Iragire Saidi in the provisional squad which will begin camp.

Rwanda hosts Central African Republic in match day five of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' Qualifier on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Stade Huye in Huye District.

The Amavubi team is expected to start preparations for the upcoming match against Central African Republic this week in Huye District.

After four matches, Rwanda is placed bottom of Group H standings with one point, none points behind leaders Guinea who are followed by former African champions Cote d'Ivoire who sit second on the log with seven points while CAR is placed in third position with 4 points.

Rwanda Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Kimenyi Yves (APR FC), Bashunga Abouba (Rayon Sports FC) and Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS)

Defenders: Iragire Saidi (MUkura VS), Rwatubyaye Abdoul (Rayon Sports FC), Rugwiro Herve (APR FC), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports FC), Fitina Ombolenga (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR FC), Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports FC) & Rugirayabo Hassan (Mukura VS).

Midfielders: Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports FC), Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports FC), Bizimana Djihad (Waasland Beveren, Belgium), Buteera Andrew (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali), Iranzi Jean Claude (APR FC), Rubanguka Steve (Patromaasmeshelen, Belgium), Nshimiyimana Amran (APR FC), Kalisa Rashid (SC Kiyovu) and Mushimiyimana Meddy (Police FC)

Forwards: Medie Kagere (SC Simba, Tanzania), Tuyisenge Jacques (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR FC), Usengimana Danny (Terasan, Egypt), Shema Tresor (Torhout 1992km FC, Belgium) and Mico Justin (Sofapaka, Kenya).
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Big first leg win against DR Congo is crucial – Nshuti

By Mugabe

RWANDA'S U23 football team captain, Dominique Savio Nshuti, has appealed to fans to turn up in big numbers when the team take on DR Congo in the first round of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week at Umuganda Stadium.

Jimmy Mulisa's side will host their counterparts of DR Congo in the first-leg on November 14 at Umuganda Stadium, a week before the latter welcomes the Olympic Amavubi contingent to Kinshaka in the return-leg clash.

Nshuti, also a former captain for the national U-17 and U-20 teams, has urged his teammates to take the first-leg as a do-or-die affair, and challenged them to look for β€œnot just a win, but, an emphatic win” as they expect a hostile atmosphere in the second-leg.

β€œWe are the new generation, a group of young players who have played together – or against each other – for the last few years. The talent and determination to deliver is there, we should score as many goals as possible and avoid conceding”, Nshuti said on Wednesday.

The Rwanda U23 coach Jimmy Mulisa is confident that his side can eliminate neighbours DR Congo. β€œWe want to win with a big margin in the first-leg so we can travel to Kinshasa for the second-leg game with good cushion. Almost all the boys played together in the U-17 and U-20 national teams and there is a great sense of responsibility and teamwork amongst players – qualifying for the AFCON U-23 finals tournament is possible,” noted Mulisa.

By press time, five foreign-based players had already jetted in ahead of the team's final residential camp that starts Thursday at Gorilla Hotel in Rubavu District.

The five players include; Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa, Uganda), Samuel Gueulette (KAA Gent, Belgium), India-based central defender Aimable Nsabimana, and Tunisia-based duo of Innocent Nshuti (Stade Tunisien) and Abeddy Biramahire (CS Sfaxien).

The rest of the summoned players will join camp after the climax of match day five of the Azam Rwanda Premier League which climaxes on Thursday.

The winner between Rwanda and DR Congo will face Morocco in the second round Virgire which will be played in March next year.

The third edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations is scheduled for November 8-22, 2019 in Egypt.

The tournament will determine three African teams that will represent the continent at the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Japan.
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Gicumbi FC host Amagaju FC in search for first win

By Mugabe

GICUMBI head coach Abdul β€˜Bekeni' Bizimana and his side will be hoping to register their first Azam Rwanda Premier League win this season when they host Amagaju on Wednesday afternoon in Gicumbi District.

The topflight league will take a two-week break for international football this week after five games. Having drawn one game and lost three, Gicumbi are without a victory after four match rounds into the 2018-19 season.

With pressure mounting on the former Etincelles coach, Bizimana has stressed that his focus is on turning the team's performances around following a poor run of results in the early stages of the domestic football league.

β€œIt's been quite a disappointing start for us, but we are ready to fight and turn this situation around. There is always pressure in such situations, but the willingness to work and the character in players is there, and that's the most important thing,” Bizimana said on Tuesday.

It will be a clash of two struggling sides as bottom side Gicumbi take on Amagaju – both having only picked only one point from a possible 12 points.

In another match-day 5 encounter on Wednesday, SC Kiyovu play away to Sunrise at Nyagatare grounds.

League action will continue on Thursday with four games on the menu as Rayon Sports will be hosting Bugesera FC at Kigali Stadium, Espoir facing Kirehe, AS Muhanga squaring off with Marines while Police will be up against Musanze.

APR stretch winning run, Mukura drop points for first time

In the meantime, defending champions APR eased past Etincelles in a 2-0 victory at Umuganda Stadium on Tuesday to stretch their perfect start to five wins in a row.

On the other hand, Peace Cup holders Mukura shared goalless spoils with AS Kigali to drop points for the first time this season.

Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 5 Action
Tuesday Results

Etincelles FC 0-2 APR FC
Mukura VS 0-0 AS Kigali

Wednesday, November 7
Gicumbi FC vs Amagaju FC (Stade Gicumbi)
Sunrise FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagatare grounds)

Thursday, November 8
Espoir FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade Rusizi)
Rayon Sports FC vs Bugesera FC (Stade de Kigali)
AS Muhanga vs Marines FC (Stade Muhanga)
Police FC vs Musanze FC (Stade Mumena)

Photo: Abdoul β€˜Bekeni' Bizimana has lauded Gicumbi players' character and willingness to turn the team's performances around.
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2019 Afcon Qualifier: Mashami names Rwanda squad for CAR tie

By Mugabe

Rwanda's Amavubi Head Coach Mashami Vincent has named his squad for the fifth match day encounter of Group H's 2019 AFCON Qualifying round against Central African Republic.

Rwanda hosts Central African Republic in match day five of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' Qualifier on Sunday, November 18, 2018, 15:30 at Stade Huye in Huye District.

The Amavubi head coach Mashami Vincent announced the Rwanda squad to face Central African Republic on Tuesday morning at Ferwafa headquarters.

β€œWe are starting residential camp on November 8 in Huye and we will begin intensive training the following day until November 16. We expect to start camp with the summoned local players while the eight professional players summoned will join camp as per FIFA stipulated international break rules,” said Coach Mashami.

Mashami further added, β€œRegardless of what has happened to our previous matches, we must win this game to secure maximum points. We started this qualifying campaign on a poor note but we need to finish on a positive note despite being out of next year's Afcon finals,”

The new players summoned to the national team include Mukura VS defender Rugirayabo Hussein, Rubanguka Steve (Patromaasmeshelen, Belgium), Kalisa Rashid (SC Kiyovu), Mushimiyimana Mohamed (Police FC) and Shema Tresor (Torhout 1992km FC, Belgium).

Notable players missing in the squad for the upcoming qualifying match are skipper Haruna Niyonzima (SC Simba, Tanzania), Mugiraneza Jean Baptista (APR FC) and goalie Olivier Kwizera (Free State Stars, South Africa).

After four matches played, Rwanda is placed bottom of Group H standings with one point, nine points behind leaders Guinea who are followed by former African champions Cote d'Ivoire who sit second on the log with seven points while CAR is placed in third position with 4 points.

Rwanda Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Kimenyi Yves (APR FC), Bashunga Abouba (Rayon Sports FC) and Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS)

Defenders: Nirisarike Salomon (AFC Tubize, Belgium), Rwatubyaye Abdoul (Rayon Sports FC), Rugwiro Herve (APR FC), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports FC), Fitina Ombolenga (APR FC), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR FC), Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports FC) & Rugirayabo Hassan (Mukura VS).

Midfielders: Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports FC), Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports FC), Bizimana Djihad (Waasland Beveren, Belgium), Buteera Andrew (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali), Iranzi Jean Claude (APR FC), Rubanguka Steve (Patromaasmeshelen, Belgium), Nshimiyimana Amran (APR FC), Kalisa Rashid (SC Kiyovu) and Mushimiyimana Mohamed (Police FC)

Forwards: Medie Kagere (SC Simba, Tanzania), Tuyisenge Jacques (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR FC), Usengimana Danny (Terasan, Egypt), Shema Tresor (Torhout 1992km FC, Belgium) and Mico Justin (Sofapaka, Kenya).

Training Schedule (Stade Huye)
November 9-11, 2018: 9h00 & 15h30

November 12-16, 2018: 15h30

Official Training Session: November 16, 15h30

Official Press Conference: November 17, 14h00: Venue (Stade Huye)
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AFCON U-23 Qualifiers: Mulisa makes changes in Junior Wasps Team

By Mugabe

Rwanda U-23 National Team Head Coach Jimmy Mulisa has made vital changes in the Junior Wasps team ahead of the first leg of the first round qualifier of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations against DR Congo.

The first-leg between the two countries is scheduled for November 14 at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu District, before the return-leg encounter due on November 20 in Kinshasa.

Among the initially summoned provisional squad last week, nine players have been dropped while an additional two midfielders have been included in the final 26 man squad which will assemble in Rubavu district after match day five of the Azam Rwanda Premier League which is scheduled to climax on Thursday this week.

The dropped players include goalkeeper Adolphe Hakizimana (Isonga Academy), defenders Amza Runanira (Marines FC) and Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa, Uganda) and midfielders Janvier Bonane (SC Kiyovu), Borde Cyitegetse (AS Kigali), Sadjati Niyonkuru (Marines FC), Tresor Byunvuhore (Gasogi Utd), Jean Baptiste Rugambwa (Gasogi Utd), Freddy Muhoza (AS Kigali).

The additional players are Marines Fc pair of Nishimwe Blaise (Marines FC) and Byukusenge Yakuba (Marines FC).

The decision to make these changes came after Mulisa assessed the on-going Azam Rwanda Premier League matches hence opting to have players who have been competitive and featuring in the on-going matches.

Meanwhile, the professional quartet of Samuel Gueulette (KAA Gent, Belgium), India-based centre-back Aimable Nsabimana, Tunisia-based duo of Innocent Nshuti (Stade Tunisien) and Abeddy Biramahire (CS Sfaxien) is already in Rwanda and they will head to Rubavi District later today where they will be joined by the rest of the summoned players on Thursday evening.

The winner between Rwanda and DR Congo over the two-legged tie will take on Morocco in the second round which will be played in March next year.

The winner will proceed to the third and final round which will be staged in June 2019.

The tournament, slated for November 8-22, 2019, will determine three teams that will represent Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

This will be the 3rd edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

Final Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Cyuzuzo Gael (Gasogi United), Ntwali Fabrice (APR FC) and Nzeyirwanda Djihad (SC Kiyovu)

Defenders: Rwabuhihi Aime Placide (SC Kiyovu), Buregeya Prince (APR FC), Nkubana Marc (Gasogi United), Ishimwe Christian (Marines FC), Mutsinzi Ange (Rayon Sports FC), Niyomugabo Claude (AS Kigali), Niyigena Clement (Marines FC), Nshimiyimana Marc (AS Kigali), Aimable Nsabimana (Minerva Punjab, India) and Ahoyikuye Jean Paul (SC Kiyovu)

Midfielders: Nduwayo Valeur (Musanze FC), Ishimwe Saleh (SC Kiyovu), Manishimwe Djabel (Rayon Sports FC), Nshuti Savio Dominique (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports FC), Mugisha Patrick (Marines FC), Nishimwe Blaise (Marines FC), Itangishaka Blaise (APR FC) and Byukusenge Yakuba (Marines FC)

Forwards: Nshuti Innocent (Stade Tunisien, Tunisia), Byiringiro Lague (APR FC), Samuel Gueulette, Belgium) and Biramahire Abeddy (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia).

CAF U-23 Qualifiers
November 14

Rwanda vs DR Congo

November 20
DR Congo vs Rwanda
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ARPL: Change in Match Venues for Police FC

By Mugabe

Due to different activities scheduled during week days at Stade Kicukiro, Police Fc will be hosting all their matches in the Azam Rwanda Premier League at Stade Mumena and Stade de Kigali respectively.

The change in the match venue for all Police Fc fixtures is as follows:

November 8, 2018: Police FC vs Musanze Fc (Mumena)
December 12, 2018: Police FC vs Mukura VS (Kigali Stadium)
January 1, 2019: Police FC vs AS Kigali (Kigali Stadium)
February 2, 2019: Police FC vs AS Muhanga (Mumena)
Feb. 28, 2019: Police FC vs Gicumbi FC (Kigali Stadium)
March 7, 2019: Police FC vs Amagaju FC (Kigali Stadium)
April 25, 2019: Police FC vs Etincelles FC (Kigali Stadium)
May 1, 2019: Police FC vs Sunrise FC (Kigali Stadium)
June 7, 2019: Police FC vs APR FC (Kigali Stadium)

Meanwhile, Match Day 5 of the Azam Rwanda Premier League continues this afternoon until Thursday when it will be breaking off for National Team engagement in 2019 AFCON Qualifier against Central African Republic.

Below are matches scheduled to be played

Match Day 5 Action
Tuesday, November 6

Etincelles FC vs APR FC (Stade Umuganda)
Mukura VS vs AS Kigali (Stade Huye)

Wednesday, November 7
Gicumbi FC vs Amagaju FC (Stade Gicumbi)
Sunrise FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagatare grounds)

Thursday, November 8
Espoir FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade Rusizi)
Rayon Sports FC vs Bugesera FC (Stade de Kigali)
AS Muhanga vs Marines FC (Stade Muhanga)
Police FC vs Musanze FC (Stade Kicukiro)
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2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League: Match Day 5 Fixtures

By Mugabe

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 5 Action
Tuesday, November 6

Etincelles FC vs APR FC (Stade Umuganda)
Mukura VS vs AS Kigali (Stade Huye)

Wednesday, November 7
Gicumbi FC vs Amagaju FC (Stade Gicumbi)
Sunrise FC vs SC Kiyovu (Nyagatare grounds)

Thursday, November 8
Espoir FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade Rusizi)
Rayon Sports FC vs Bugesera FC (Stade de Kigali)
AS Muhanga vs Marines FC (Stade Muhanga)
Police FC vs Musanze FC (Stade Mumena)
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CAF U-23 Qualifiers: Rwandan foreign-based quartet join camp ahead of DR Congo tie

By Mugabe

Four foreign-based Rwandan players joined the National U-23 Team camp over the weekend ahead of the next week's first round of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo.

Rwanda hosts DR Congo in the first leg of the continental Under-23 qualifiers which will be played on November 14, 2018 at Stade Umuganda in Rubavu District while the return leg will be staged on November 20 in Kinshasa.

Foreign-based players who joined camp over the weekend include; Samuel Gueulette (KAA Gent, Belgium), India-based centre-back Aimable Nsabimana, Tunisia-based duo of Innocent Nshuti (Stade Tunisien) and Abeddy Biramahire (CS Sfaxien).

The rest of the local based players who feature with the Azam Rwanda Premier League clubs will join the national team after match day six engagement which will be played between November 6-8, 2018.

Some of the players already in camp travel to Rubavu District this afternoon to begin preparations. The team will be residing at Gorilla Hotel in Rubavu District.

The Rwanda U23 coach Jimmy Mulisa is confident that his side can eliminate neighbours DR Congo in the upcoming first round of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

β€œThe word β€˜impossible' doesn't exist in football dictionary, we are preparing for the DR Congo games with ambition to advance to the second round. We know we are facing a strong opponent, but we are equally a good team too. We should not underrate ourselves,” Mulisa told journalists recently.

The winner between Rwanda and DR Congo will take on Morocco in the second round which will be played in March next year. The successful side will proceed to the third and final round which will be staged in June.

The third edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations is scheduled for November 8-22, 2019 in Egypt. The tournament will determine three African teams to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Japan.
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FERWAFA holds Goalkeeping Coaches' Course

By Mugabe

The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) is hosting a Goalkeeping Coaches' course to build capacity among the national coaches. The course started today, November 5 and will climax on November 9 at FERWAFA Headquarters in Remera, Kigali City.

FIFA Goalkeeper Instructor Francis Fernandez from France is conducting the five-day programme which has attracted 30 participants, drawn from technical centres, first and second division clubs, women football league clubs and Irebero goalkeeping training center which has dedicated their efforts in uplifting and nurturing goalkeepers from the grassroots level.

This training is very important because it aligns with our vision of building capacity in all areas of football in Rwanda.

Among the 30 participants, five are female goalkeeping coaches and they include: Sibomana Mariette from ES Mutunda WFC, Nyiramanzi Salah (Bugesera WFC), Dushimiyimana Adelphine (Rambura WFC), Nyiramariza Consolee from Inyemera WFC and Umuhoza Jeanne Appoline from Irebero Goalkeeping Training Center respectively.

Participants:
Mitera Francois (GS Nyamirama), Tuyisenge Theoneste (GS Rukara), Niyiragira Serge (GS Busasamana), Ndikubwimana Placide (College Inyemeramihigo), Uwineza Khan (Apaer), Hanyurwimfura Deo (GS Kansi), Niyodusenga Patrick (ES Nyanza), Habimana Peace Maker (Kirehe FC), Matemane Veniat (Vision JN), Sibomana Laurent (Irebero), Kazungu Eric (Interforce FC), Rukundo Jean Aime (Hope FC), Mwemere Leonidas (United Stars), Habimana Eric (Miroplast FC), Muhire Christian (Dream Team), Matata Ismail (Gasogi Unity), Maniraguha Nicolas (Rwamagana FC), Ngirinshuti Benjamin (Vision FC), NIyomugabo Moise (Aspor), Higiro Gustave (Esperance FC), Nsengiyumva Jean Damascene (Sorwathe FC), Kamilindi Jean Bosco (Etoile de l'est), Nshimiyimana Ahmed (Scandinavia), Sibomana Mariette (ES Mutunda), Rubangura Lambert (Kamonyi WFC), Nyiramanzi Salah (Bugesera WFC), Bamuhire Jean Luc (Gakenke), Dushimiyimana Adelphine (Rambura WFC), Nyiramanzi Consolee (Inyemera WFC) and Umuhoza Jeanne Appoline (Irebero).
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2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League: Match Day 4 Results

By Mugabe

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 4 Action
Friday, November 2

Musanze FC 2-1 Espoir FC
Amagaju FC 1-2 Police FC
Kirehe FC 2-2 AS Muhanga

Saturday, November 3
Marines FC 0-2 APR FC
SC Kiyovu 0-1 Mukura VS
AS Kigali 0-2 Etincelles FC

Sunday, November 4
Rayon Sports FC 3-0 Gicumbi FC
Bugesera FC 1-1 Sunrise FC
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Old rivalry reignited as Kiyovu host Mukura

By Mugabe

SC Kiyovu and Mukura Victory Sports lock horns at Mumena Stadium on Saturday afternoon in one of the oldest football rivalries in Rwanda.

Kiyovu will go into the match with a big task at hand to maintain their fairly good start to the new 2018/2019 season having won two and drawn one game after three match rounds.

On the other hand, high-flying Mukura who have won all their first three Azam Rwanda Premier League games, are also optimistic to stretch their winning streak to four victories in a row, in what would mark their best start to a season in over two decades.

β€œThis is a big and important match for us and our fans, and we have prepared for it in the best way possible. Our goal is to get the three points and remain the pacemakers,” Mukura head coach, Francis Haringingo, said on Friday.

Huye-based Mukura were founded in 1963, a year before the establishment of the Nyamirambo-based Kiyovu. The latter remain the only Rwandan football club to go a whole season unbeaten – during the 1990 season.

In a separate interview, Kiyovu assistant coach Djabil Mutarambirwa said: β€œWe are ready, and we will fight with all we got to win the game. Mukura have always proved to be strong opponents, and Saturday will be no exception. However, our players understand the challenge at hand.”

Last season, both sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first-leg before Kiyovu edged Mukura 1-0 in the return-leg.

Elsewhere on Saturday, table leaders APR travel to Umuganda Stadium to face Marines FC while AS Kigali will be up against Etincelles at Kigali Stadium.

Action will continue on Sunday with two league games on the menu when hopefuls Rayon Sports host Gicumbi at Kigali Stadium whereas Bugesera and Sunrise will be facing off at Nyamata grounds in Bugesera District.

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 4 Action
Friday Results

Musanze FC 2-1 Espoir FC
Amagaju FC 1-2 Police FC
Kirehe FC 2-2 AS Muhanga

Saturday, November 3
Marines FC vs APR FC (Stade Umuganda)
SC Kiyovu vs Mukura VS (Stade Mumena)
AS Kigali vs Etincelles FC (Stade Kigali)

Sunday, November 4
Rayon Sports FC vs Gicumbi FC (Stade de Kigali)
Bugesera FC vs Sunrise FC (Nyamata)

Photo: Mukura VS Burundian head coach Francis Haringingo and his black and yellow outfit are keen on stunning SC Kiyovu to make it four wins in a row. Courtesy.
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2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League: Match Day 4 Fixtures

By Mugabe

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 4 Fixtures
Friday, November 2

Musanze FC vs Espoir FC (Stade Ubworoherane)
Amagaju FC vs Police FC (Nyagisenyi)
Kirehe FC vs AS Muhanga (Kirehe)

Saturday, November 3
Marines FC vs APR FC (Stade Umuganda)
SC Kiyovu vs Mukura VS (Stade Mumena)
AS Kigali vs Etincelles FC (Stade Kigali)

Sunday, November 4
Rayon Sports FC vs Gicumbi FC (Stade de Kigali)
Bugesera FC vs Sunrise FC (Nyamata)
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2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League: Match Day 3 Full Results

By Mugabe

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 3 Full Results
Tuesday

Espoir FC 2-1 Amagaju FC
AS Muhanga 2-0 Musanze FC
Etincelles FC 0-2 SC Kiyovu
Gicumbi FC 0-1 Police FC

Wednesday
Mukura VS 1-0 Bugesera FC
APR FC 2-0 Kirehe FC
Marines FC 1-1 AS Kigali

Thursday
Sunrise FC 1-2 Rayon Sports
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Accreditation for 2019 Total AFCON Qualifier: Rwanda vs Central African Republic

By Mugabe

The Federation Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA) announces that the media accreditation process for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Match between Rwanda and Central African Republic opens from Thursday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 17h00.

The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations' Match Day five Qualifier match between Rwanda and Central African Republic will be played on November 18 at Stade Huye in Huye District.

Sports journalists interested in covering this qualifying match can apply for accreditation by sending their applications via this email: [email protected].

The accreditation request should include Application Letter, Country, Media House and One photo passport size.

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 on how and when to collect their tags.

Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for securing their own visas (where necessary) to Rwanda.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants MUST BE holders of their own media house identity cards. It is a requirement before accreditation is issued.
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FERWAFA-Azam Retreat Passes Key Decisions

By Mugabe

The annual FERWAFA-Azam Retreat met this week in Kigali City, where the members discussed a number of pivotal aspects regarding the success of the Azam Rwanda Premier League.

The retreat which attracted FERWAFA Executive Committee Members, General Secretariat and counterparts from Azam Pay TV Limited was held at HΓ΄tel des Mille Collines from Monday to Tuesday.

The FERWAFA Executive Committee was led by President Sekamana Jean Damascene while Azam Pay TV Was represented by Shani Chrisostom, Head of Legal, Bakhresa Group, Yahaya Mohamed, Director of Operations, Azam Media Tanzania, Baruan Muhuza, Sports Manager, Azam Media Tanzania and Ndagano Faradjallah, Operations Manager at Azam Media Rwanda.

Among key decisions agreed that will be reflected in the first addendum of the binding contract between FERWAFA and Azam Pay TV Limited which holds the broadcaster and title holder rights of the Azam Rwanda Premier League, includes:

-Setting up a detailed set of rules and operating standards which shall be mutually agreed upon and respected by clubs featuring in the Azam Rwanda Premier League.

- With regards to the coverage of the site pitch banners, the following proportion allowed shall be observed by the respective Parties involved as follows:

β€’ Title right holder - 30%,
β€’ Broadcasting rights holder - 30%,
β€’ FERWAFA - 20% and
β€’ Host club - 20% for their official sponsors as recognized by FERWAFA)

- FERWAFA shall abide by the Azam Pay TV Policy which prohibits any display of advertisement like alcohol, tobacco or gambling. This limitation shall not apply to clubs individual sponsors.

- All clubs participating in the Azam Rwanda Premier League will have ARPL logo put on the left side of their away and home jerseys. In the event of non-compliance and non-adherence to the display of Azam's Logo, concerned clubs will be fined as mentioned in the operating standards.

The above mentioned addendum comes into force following its signature by the concerned parties (FERWAFA & Azam Pay TV).

On August 24, 2015, Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) and Azam Pay TV signed a $2.35 million deal to sponsor Rwanda Premier League and officially become the broadcast partner of Ferwafa.

Among other events, Azam Pay TV has the broadcasting rights of the Super Cup Event, Peace Cup, the annual Azam Awards and any national team friendly match organized on the Rwandan territory.
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Amavubi can eliminate DR Congo, says Mulisa

By Mugabe

Rwanda U23 coach Jimmy Mulisa is confident that his side can eliminate neighbours DR Congo in the upcoming first round of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The first leg clash of the two-legged tie between U23 Amavubi and their DR Congo counterparts is slated for November 14 at Umuganda, in Rubavu District, one week before the return-leg in Kinshasa.

β€œThe word β€˜impossible' doesn't exist in football dictionary, we are preparing for the DR Congo games with ambition to advance to the second round. We know we are facing a strong opponent, but we are equally a good team too. We should not underrate ourselves,” Mulisa told journalists at the headquarters of Rwanda Football Association in Remera on Monday afternoon.

The Amavubi Olympic team entered residential camp at Hilltop Hotel for intensive preparations on Sunday before holding their first training session on Monday at Kigali Stadium.

It is expected that the team will train in Kigali until November 8 when they will head to Rubavu to acclimatise just before the first-leg clash.

The winners between Rwanda and DR Congo will take on Morocco in the second round which will be played in March next year. The successful side will proceed to the third and final round which will be staged in June.

APR winger Dominique Savio Nshuti has been named captain of the team.

The third edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations is scheduled for November 8-22, 2018 in Egypt. The tournament will determine three African teams to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Japan.
Photo Credit: Sadam Mihigo
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ARPL: APR, Mukura seek to stretch winning streak

By Mugabe

APR FC and Mukura VS will be looking to keep up their winning run when they face Kirehe and Bugesera, respectively, on Wednesday afternoon in the 2018/2018 Azam Rwanda Premier league.

After two match rounds in the new campaign, only the two sides are yet to drop points.

APR host Kirehe FC at Kigali Stadium while Francis Haringingo's Mukura Victory Sports welcome Bugesera FC to Huye Stadium.

The two games get underway at 3:30pm.

In what is guaranteed to be a clash of egos between Mukura and Bugesera, the two league rivals will be fighting to stretch their unbeaten record this season. Mukura have collected maximum points from their first two games while Bugesera won once and recorded one draw.

An away victory against Mukura would propel Innocent Seninga's Bugesera to top four.

β€œAfter defying odds to beat Rayon Sports at home, the motivation has never been higher in the team. It boosted the morale and confidence of players, which is very important.

We want to keep winning and we know what it takes – determination and work hard,” Mukura coach Haringongo told Times Sport on Tuesday.

On the other hand, Bugesera head coach Seninga has warned that his side – who are fresh from beating Etincelles – will give Mukura hard time.

He said: β€œWe are traveling to Huye Stadium for three points, not a draw or to lose honourably. Mukura have proved they are capable of upsetting any opponent, so we can't afford to take anything for granted. The players understand well the magnitude of the task at hand.”

Leaders APR take on Kirehe with hope to keep hold of the first place ahead of their match-day 4 away encounter against Marines FC at Umuganda Stadium.

The military side beat Amagaju and Musanze in identical 2-0 victories, in their first two games.

β€œWe need to pick up momentum from the last two games and aim not to drop points. This game (against Kirehe) is not going to be easy, they are a tricky side, but we have showed there is nothing that can stop us when we execute our game plan,” APR coach Ljubomir Petrovic said in a separate interview.

The black and white outfit's attack will be led by Player of the Year Muhadjiri Hakizimana and forward Dominique Savio Nshuti whose clinical performances have seen their names on the score-sheet in each of APR's first two games.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Marines host AS Kigali while Rayon Sports will be up against Sunrise FC at Nyagatare grounds on Thursday.

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 3 Fixtures
Tuesday Results

Espoir FC 2-1 Amagaju FC
AS Muhanga 2-0 Musanze FC
Etincelles FC 0-2 SC Kiyovu
Gicumbi FC 0-1 Police FC

Wednesday, October 31
Mukura VS vs Bugesera FC (Stade Huye)
APR FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)
Marines FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Umuganda)

Thursday, November 1
Sunrise FC vs Rayon Sports (Nyagatare)

Photo: Mukura VS players defend Rayon Sports' free-kick during their 2-1 victory at Kigali Stadium on Sunday. Sam Ngendahimana.
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Accreditation for 2019 Total CAF U-23 Qualifiers: Rwanda vs DR Congo

By Mugabe

The Federation Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA) announces that the media accreditation process for the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Match between Rwanda and DR Congo opens from Tuesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 17h00.

The 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, first leg qualifying match between Rwanda and DR Congo will be played on November 14, 15:30 at Stade Umuganda in Rubavu District.

Sports journalists interested in covering this qualifying match can apply for accreditation by sending their applications via this email: [email protected]com.

The accreditation request should include Application Letter, Country, Media House and One photo passport size.

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 on how and when to collect their tags.

Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for securing their own visas (where necessary) to Rwanda.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants MUST BE holders of their own media house identity cards. It is a requirement before accreditation is issued.

β€”
FERWAFA Media Office

2018/17 Azam Rwanda Premier League: Match Day 3 Fixtures

By Mugabe

2018/17 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 3 Fixtures
Tuesday, October 30

Espoir FC vs Amagaju FC (Rusizi)
AS Muhanga vs Musanze FC (Stade Muhanga)
Etincelles FC vs SC Kiyovu (Stade Umuganda)
Gicumbi FC vs Police FC (Gicumbi)

Wednesday, October 31
Mukura VS vs Bugesera FC (Stade Huye)
APR FC vs Kirehe FC (Stade de Kigali)
Marines FC vs AS Kigali (Stade Umuganda)

Thursday, November 1
Sunrise FC vs Rayon Sports (Nyagatare)
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Mukura VS stun Rayon Sports to maintain perfect start

By Mugabe

Rayon Sports conceded two first-half goals as Mukura VS maintained their perfect start in the 2018/2019 Azam Rwanda Premier League with a 2-1 win at Kigali Stadium on Sunday.

New signing from Amagaju Innocent Ndizeye scored both goals before skipper Thierry Manzi netted the consolation goal for the hosts.

Forward Ndizeye opened the scoring in the 27th minute, resulting from Yannick Mukunzi's failure to clear the ball, before doubling the lead five minutes later.

Burundian striker Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana had a chance to find an equalizer two minutes after Ndayizeye's opener but his effort was saved by in-form goalkeeper Omar Rwabugiri.

After several squandered opportunities, Manzi finally scored for Rayon Sports with a magnificent header from Djabel Manishimwe's corner in the 50th minute.

After two match rounds, only the defending champions APR and Peace Cup holders Mukura are yet to drop points. AS Muhanga, SC Kiyovu, Bugesera, Sunrise and Rayon Sports have four points each, having recorded one win and one draw.

This was Mukura's second victory over Roberto Oliveira's side in the last two months, having edged The Blues 3-1 in penalty shoot-outs to lift the Peace Cup title in August.

ARPL
Match Day 2 Full Results
Friday

Police FC 5-1 Espoir FC
SC Kiyovu 0-0 Marines FC

Saturday
Kirehe FC 0-0 AS Kigali
Amagaju FC 1-1 AS Muhanga
Sunrise FC 1-0 Gicumbi FC
Musanze FC 0-2 APR FC
Bugesera FC 1-0 Etincelles FC

Sunday
Rayon Sports FC 1-2 Mukura VS
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Rayon Sports face stun test against Mukura VS

By Mugabe

RAYON Sports skipper Thierry Manzi has urged his teammates to remain focused as they take on a resurgent Mukura Victory Sport side which won the Peace Cup last season.

The Blues who finished third in the league – behind champions APR and first runners-up AS Kigali – last season, kicked off the new season with a hard fought 1-0 win over Etincelles last weekend and will be looking to maintain perfect start when they host Mukura on match-day 2 but the visitors are also in good form having won their opening tie against Sunrise.

Amavubi centre-back Manzi says they are aiming for nothing but the league title this season. However, he has urged teammates to focus on the present – one game at a time - and not get distracted by thoughts of lifting the title in June next year.

β€œOur target this season is to play good football, winning matches and lift the league title. That's why we should focus on winning matches rather than getting distracted by the ambition to win the league title. We take one game at a time,” Manzi explained.

β€œThankfully we managed a crucial away victory to Etincelles in the opener, a team that we failed to win against last season. It shows the level of mental strength and determination from players.

We enjoyed great success in Caf Confederation Cup this year, it is time to emulate it on the domestic scene – and we are ready to make it happen” he added.

Squad for 2018-19 season unveiled
In the meantime, Rayon Sports unveiled their full 26-player squad and squad numbers for the just started 2018-19 season on Thursday at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

Among other changes in squad numbers, midfielder Djabel Manishimwe is the club's new number 10, changing from last season's number 28. First choice goalkeeper Abouba Bashunga will use number 1, getting rid of number 30 he was wearing last season.

The squad is comprised of four goalkeepers, nine defenders, seven midfielders and six forwards.

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 2
Friday Results

Police FC 4-1 Espoir FC
SC Kiyovu 0-0 Marines FC

Saturday, October 27
Kirehe FC 0-0 AS Kigali
Amagaju FC 1-1 AS Muhanga
Sunrise FC 1-0 Gicumbi FC
Musanze FC 0-2 APR FC
Bugesera FC 1-0 Etincelles FC

Sunday, October 28
Rayon Sports FC vs Mukura VS (Stade de Kigali)
Source: Newtimes.co.rw, Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

CAF 2019 U23: Rwanda starts preps on Monday ahead of DR Congo clash

By Mugabe

Rwanda has summoned thirty players to begin preparations on Monday ahead of the first round of the qualifiers of the 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations against DR Congo slated for November 14 at Stade Umuganda.

Following the draw held earlier this month in Cairo, Egypt, Rwanda starts their campaign against DR Congo in a two-legged fixture of the first round due next month.

The first leg will be played at Stade Umuganda on November 14 and a week later, the return leg will be played in Kinshasa.

The team which will be coached by former Amavubi forward and current Amavubi and APR FC assistant coach Mulisa Jimmy joins residential camp on Sunday at Hill Top Hotel before kicking off intensive preparations on Monday at Stade de Kigali, Nyamirambo.

The summoned team will be led by key players such as goalie Ntwali Fiacre (APR FC), defenders Rwabuhihi Aime Placide (SC Kiyovu), Buregeya Prince (APR FC), and Indian based Aimable Nsabimana who features for Minerva Punjab FC.

Other key players summoned include Nshuti Savio Dominique (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports FC) and Manishimwe Djabel (Rayon Sports FC) who are also regulars in the senior national team.

Tunisian based duo of Nshuti Innocent (Stade Tunisien and Biramahire Abeddy (CS Sfaxien) and APR FC forward Byiringiro Lague will be manning the fore front in search for goals against a strong Congolese side.

The junior wasps will hold their training sessions in Kigali until November 8 when they will head to Rubavu to acclimatize while fine tuning for the first leg clash due on November 14, 2018.

The winner between Rwanda and DR Congo will take on Morocco in the second round which will be played in March next year. The winner will proceed to the third and final round which will be staged in June next year.

In the previous qualifying campaign staged in 2015, Rwanda beat Somalia in the first round, registering 3-1 on aggregate before losing to Uganda 1-4 on aggregate.

Apart from Morocco, other teams which have been exempted from the first round include Algeria, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This will be the 3rd edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in the Zambia, but they withdrew from hosting in July 2017.

Egypt was announced as the new host nation of the tournament by CAF on 23 September 2017.

The tournament which is set to be staged from 8-22 November, 2019 will determine which three African teams will compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Japan.

Rwanda U-23 Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers: Cyuzuzo Gael (Gasogi Utd), Ntwali Fiacre (APR Fc), Nzeyirwanda Djihad (SC Kiyovu) and Hakizimana Adolphe (Isonga Academy)

Defenders: Rwabuhihi Aime Placide (SC Kiyovu), Buregeya Prince (APR FC), Ishimwe Christian (Marines FC), Mutsinze Ange (Rayon Sports FC), Niyomugabo Claude (AS Kigali), Niyigena Clement (Marines FC), Nkubana Marc (Gasogi Utd), Nshimiyimana Marc (AS Kigali), Runanira Amza (Marines FC), Aimable Nsabimana (Minerva Punjab FC, India) and Ndahiro Derrick (SC Villa, Uganda)

Midfielders: Bonane Janvier (SC Kiyovu), Nduwayo Valeur (Musanze FC), Ishimwe Saleh (SC Kiyovu), Manishimwe Djabel (Rayon Sports FC), Cyitegetse Borde (AS Kigali), Niyonkuru Sadjati (Marines FC), Byunvuhore Tresor (Gasogi Utd), Rugambwa Jean Baptiste (Gasogi Utd), Nshuti Savio Dominique (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports FC), Mugisha Patrick (Marines FC) and Muhoza Freddy (AS Kigali)

Forwards: Nshuti Innocent (Stade Tunisien, Tunisia), Byiringiro Lague, APR FC), Mugisha Patrick (Marines) and Biramahire Abeddy (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia).

Technical Staff: Mulisa Jimmy (Head Coach), Mutarambirwa Djabil (Assistant Coach), Mugabo Alexis (Goalkeeper Coach), Hategekimana Corneille (Fitness Coach), Tuyishime Jean Claude (Physiotherapist), Ntarengwa Aimable (Team Administrator) and Tuyisenge Eric (Kit Manager)
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FIFA Council makes key decisions for the future of football development

By Mugabe

Task force established to bolster the consultation process regarding the prospect of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup and a worldwide Nations League

Increased prize money for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019β„’ approved
FIFA Forward adopts new regulations for 2019-2022 cycle, with more investment and stricter auditing and reporting

The eighth meeting of the FIFA Council was held today in Kigali, Rwanda, where the members of FIFA's strategic and decision-making body discussed a number of pivotal aspects regarding the future of FIFA competitions.

In order to continue and strengthen the consultation process concerning the possibility of establishing an overhauled FIFA Club World Cup, as well as a worldwide Nations League, the FIFA Council agreed to set up a task force.

The task force will operate under the direction of the Bureau of the Council, which consists of the FIFA President and the confederation presidents, and will present its proposals at the next FIFA Council meeting, scheduled to take place in Miami from 14 to 15 March 2019.

The packed agenda for today's gathering included concrete decisions related to FIFA tournaments scheduled for the upcoming years ­­– chief among which was the 100% increase in prize money for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019β„’ ­­– as well as the approval of the regulations for an invigorated FIFA Forward Development Programme over the course of the 2019-2022 cycle.

The main decisions:
Competitions

FIFA Women's World Cupβ„’ financial contribution
The FIFA Council approved an overall financial contribution of USD 50 million to the 24 teams playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 – more than tripling the amount paid in the 2015 edition (USD 15 million).

The overall contribution is broken down as follows:

- An increase of 100% in prize money, which now totals USD 30 million;

- The introduction of preparation money to support the qualified teams in organising preparatory matches before the competition, a fund which totals USD 11.52 million;

- The introduction of a Club Benefits Programme to reward clubs releasing players for the competition. The total available pool is USD 8.48 million.

Hosts of future FIFA tournaments

The FIFA Council appointed Paraguay as the host of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 and Lithuania as the host of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2020.

International match calendar
Following up on the consultation process carried out by the FIFA administration and the relevant committees, the FIFA Council:

- Approved CONMEBOL's request to shift the hosting of the Copa AmΓ©rica from odd years to even years, starting with the edition to be played between 12 June and 12 July 2020. Subsequent tournaments will be held every four years, in order to harmonise with the UEFA European Championship.

- Approved CAF's request to move the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) from January/February to June/July 2023;

- Approved the women's international match calendar, which is now based on a four-year cycle: 2020-2023. The approved calendar includes six international windows per year, with a detailed breakdown of the different types of windows and the conditions that apply to them. The full calendar will be published on FIFA.com over the course of the next few days.

Football development:

Forward 2.0

Following a thorough consultation process, which was completed at the most recent Development Committee meeting in September, the revised FIFA Forward Development Programme Regulations were presented to the FIFA Council. FIFA's decision-making body approved the amendments to the document that will regulate Forward 2.0, that is, FIFA's football development funding for its 211 member associations over the course of the 2019-2022 cycle.

During this period:

Development funds granted to each member association that complies with the regulations will amount to up to USD 6 million, an increase of USD 1 million compared to the previous cycle. This sum is broken down into:

up to USD 1 million per year for operational/running costs, of which USD 500,000 is subject to the fulfilment of ten specific activities, including organising men's, women's and youth competitions, having active men's and women's national teams, running men's and women's refereeing programmes, etc.

up to USD 2 million over the four-year cycle for specific projects based on the contract of agreed objectives, with a strong focus on those related to football infrastructure.

Each of the six confederations will be entitled to a yearly contribution of USD 12 million to support its football activities and projects;

Funding will include a contribution of up to USD 1 million per year for each zonal/regional association, specifically to organise men's, women's and youth football tournaments;

Accountability for funds allocated as part of the Forward Programme will be further strengthened, with even stricter auditing and reporting measures. For example, each member association or confederation will have to engage the services of a statutory auditor and will be subject to a central audit review undertaken by an independent, high-profile, international auditing company;

Beneficiaries must ensure that the principles of anti-discrimination, diversity, accessibility and inclusion, and human rights for all, are protected and promoted, as well as take measures to protect and safeguard children and minors from potential abuse.

The updated FIFA Forward Development Programme Regulations approved by the FIFA Council in Kigali will be published in their entirety on FIFA.com by the end of October.

Football for Schools Programme

Having been presented with updated financial results, which show that FIFA has contracted more than USD 6.2 billion in revenues – or 110 per cent of its full-cycle budget for 2015-2018 – the FIFA Council agreed to commit part of this surplus to implement the new Football for Schools Programme.

A budget of USD 100 million has been allocated to implement the programme and operate it until 2022. Through the initiative, FIFA will distribute nine million footballs to schools in the territories of the 211 member associations and create an online platform to inform teachers on how to incorporate football into education.

Football governance:

Transfer system reform

The members of the FIFA Council endorsed the reform package of the transfer system recently agreed by the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee. This document lays out the fundamental principles of what will eventually become a set of concrete regulations to be drafted by the Task Force Transfer System in consultation with representatives from clubs (ECA), leagues (the World Leagues Forum), players (FIFPro) as well as member associations, confederations and the FIFA administration.

The task force will provide an update of its work at the next Football Stakeholders Committee meeting in February 2019.

Task Force for Women's Football

Convening only a few days after the launch of FIFA's landmark global strategy for women's football, the FIFA Council ratified the Football Stakeholders Committee decision to establish a Task Force for Women's Football, whose objective will be to identify clear goals for the women's game and the mechanisms to reach them. The FIFA administration is now assigned with setting up the task force and determining a work plan and a timeline for its activities.

La Liga match outside Spain in the 2018/19 season

Following a request for guidance from the Spanish FA, US Soccer and CONCACAF, the FIFA Council discussed La Liga's proposal to host an official 2018/19 regular season league match outside Spain (in Miami).

Consistent with the opinion expressed by the Football Stakeholders Committee, the Council emphasised the sporting principle that official league matches must be played within the territory of the respective member association.
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ARPL: Police aim to bounce back against Espoir

By Mugabe

After enduring a disappointing debut into the new season with a 2-1 defeat to AS Muhanga last Sunday, Police head coach Joel Albert Mphande is optimistic his side will bounce back stronger when they host Espoir FC on Friday afternoon at Kigali Stadium.

The Zambian tactician has urged his players not to underestimate the visitors.

β€œWe will go into the game looking for nothing less than a win, we can't afford two defeats in a row at the beginning of the season. I have spoken to my players and warned them not to underrate the opponent. We have to learn how to stick to our game plan,” he said.

The 2015 Peace Cup winners finished in sixth position last season.

Meanwhile, SC Kiyovu host Marines at Mumena Stadium without departed head coach Andre Casa Mbungo who stepped down on Wednesday. The former league giants beat Kirehe FC 2-0 at Nyakarambi grounds in their season opener last Sunday.

Action continues on Saturday when champions APR face Musanze, Amagaju host AS Muhanga, Sunrise meet Gicumbi while Bugesera will be against Etincelles.

There will be only one game on Sunday, pitting former champions Rayon Sports and Peace Cup holders Mukura VS at Kigali Stadium. Both sides won their first games, in 2018/2019 season, last weekend.

2018/19 Azam Rwanda Premier League
Match Day 2 Fixtures
Friday, October 26, 2018

Police FC vs Espoir FC (Stade de Kigali)
SC Kiyovu vs Marines FC (Stade Mumena)

Saturday, October 27
Kirehe FC vs AS Kigali (Kirehe Grounds)
Amagaju FC vs AS Muhanga (Nyagisenyi Grounds)
Musanze FC vs APR FC (Stade Ubworoherane)
Bugesera Fc vs Etincelles FC (Nyamata)

Sunday, October 28
Rayon Sports FC vs Mukura VS (Stade de Kigali)
Photo: Police FC left-back JMV Muvandimwe battles for the ball with an Etincelles player during a past league match at Kigali stadium. Sam Ngendahimana.
Source: Newtimes.co.rw, Additional Reporting: Ferwafa.rw

FIFA officials pay courtesy visit on FERWAFA President

By Mugabe

The World Football Governing body, FIFA Officials led by Chief Member Associations Officer, Joyce Cook paid a courtesy visit on FERWAFA President Sekamana Jean Damascene on Thursday at FERWAFA Headquarters in Remera, Kigali City.

Madam Cook was accompanied by Director MA & Development Veron Mosengo-Omba and Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman.

The FIFA Officials were welcomed by FERWAFA President Sekamana alongside the Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance Madam Kankindi Alida Lise and Secretary General Uwayezu Regis.

The FIFA officials who are in Rwanda for Friday's FIFA Council Meeting had a brief visit of the FERWAFA Rehabilitation centre and the FERWAFA which is under construction.

Both parties held discussions on the on-going FERWAFA Village (Ferwafa Hotel) project and women football development.

With the financing of the project split between funds from the FIFA Forward programme and FERWAFA's own fundraising, the goal of the project is to ease the cost on national teams during residential training camps and for the association to host visiting national sides.

FERWAFA would also use the hotel, which is positioned adjacent to FERWAFA's office and the Amahoro Stadium, for commercial purposes to generate income for development activities, including women's football.

FERWAFA and FIFA have charted plans to have the completion of the hotel construction accomplished such that it can be put to use.

On Women's football, Rwanda is set to benefit from the first-ever global strategy for women's football which charts the course for how FIFA will work with confederations and Member Associations (MAs), clubs and players, the media, fans and other stakeholders to realise the full potential that exists within the women's game.

FIFA strongly believes that women's football brings one very important benefit to the many young girls and women involved in the game – empowerment.

Encouraging empowerment through football, growing the game, getting more girls involved in it earlier and keeping women in football longer are all key elements of FIFA's Women's Football Strategy.

As part of its commitment to supporting and furthering the women's game, FIFA Women's Football Division which was set-up in 2016 will work closely with MAs around the world via workshops and special initiatives to assist them in bringing together key stakeholders to discuss, develop and implement their respective women's football strategies and to ensure the greatest impact possible of their efforts to develop and grow the women's game.Automatic word wrap
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FIFA President Infantino arrives in Kigali for FIFA Council Meeting

By Mugabe

FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrived in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Wednesday afternoon for the 8th FIFA Council Meeting.

The 8th FIFA Council Meeting is scheduled for Friday, 26 October 2018 at 9am at Kigali Convention Center in Kigali City.

He was met on arrival at the Kigali International Airport by President of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Mr. Sekamana Jean Damascene.

Rwanda was chosen hosts of the 8th FIFA Council Meeting during FIFA's first meeting of the year held in March, 2018 in BogotΓ‘, Colombia.

The FIFA Council Meeting which different delegates from different confederations across the globe will focus on issues pertaining to the development of football.

Other delegates namely Presidents, Vice Presidents, selected Executive Committee Members and General Secretaries of Confederations from CONMEBOL, AFC, UEFA, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC, and various FIFA Commission members are also expected in Kigali on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The FIFA Council Meeting will among other key issues discuss on the plans to revamp the Club World Cup and introduce a global nation's league.

Photo: FIFA president Gianni Infantino gives a speech during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
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Amavubi will battle for β€˜national pride' in last two fixtures – Mashami

By Mugabe

The national football team coach, Vincent Mashami, has admitted that it will be the country's pride at stake when they face Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Ivory Coast in their last two Group β€˜H' fixtures of the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Winless Amavubi are bottom of the group with one point after four match rounds, having held Guinea to a 1-1 draw in Kigali over a week ago after previously suffering three defeats in a row.

β€œIt was disappointing to fail to collect three points against Guinea, which could have given us a chance. Nonetheless, I was impressed with the players' effort and strong character,” Mashami said.

After the return-leg clash against Guinea, Amavubi will host third-placed CAR at Huye Stadium in their fifth game before wrapping up the group campaign away to Ivory Coast on March 22, 2019.

β€œWe are going to try and get maximum points in our next two games, at least for the national pride and morale for future engagements. We have nothing to lose now, which puts us in a good position to play without any pressure,” noted Mashami.

Guinea top the table with 10 points, three ahead of former African champions Ivory Coast while CAR are in third position with 4 points.
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