Nshimiyimana names 23 for Burundi friendly
Fifa friendly match
Burundi vs. Rwanda
AMAVUBI coach Eric Nshimiyimana has named a 23-man squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Burundi.
Rwanda travel to the Swallows backyard next month for the March 5 encounter on a Fifa day.
The Amavubi team will use the tie to gauge their readiness for the 2015 Nations Cup preliminary qualifiers in May.
Nshimiyimana named twenty local players and three international players led by skipper Haruna Niyonzima [Young Africans], Salomon Nirisarike [Royal Antwerp] and AS Cannes striker Elias Uzamukunda who returns to the Amavubi after a four-year absence.
Amavubi’s opponents named a 31-man team made up of ten professional players and 22 players who ply their trade in Burundi’s local league.
German-born coach Rainer Wilfried included reigning national football league and Rayon Sport’s top scorer Cedric Amissi in the Burundian squad.
Other key professional players summoned by the German tactician include;
Midfielder Steve Nzigamasabo [Enugu Rangers-Nigeria], Fiston Razak [Sofapaka-Kenya], Simba SC pair of Gilbert Kaze and Tambwe Amissi, Valerie Nahayo [La gantoise-Belgium] and Faty Papy [Bidvest Wits-South Africa], Didier Kavumbagu [Young Africans-Tanzania], Pierre Kwizera [Afad Jekano-Poland] and Saido Berahino [Cracovia-Poland].
Burundi ranked 124 on Fifa rankings, ten places better than Rwanda took part in the 2014 Africa Nations Championship [CHAN], failing to go past the group stage.
Burundians lost 2-1 to former champions Democratic Republic of Congo who came from behind to book a place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship, thus slipping into third position with four points.
In the previous game which pitted the two nations, Burundi beat Rwanda 3-1 in the 2012 Afcon qualifiers’ return leg played in Bujumbura under the tutelage of Ghananian Sellas Tetteh.
After botched 2013 Afcon and 2014 CHAN campaigns, Nshimiyimana has a tough task ahead of ensuring that Rwanda qualifies for the Morocco edition slated for next year.
The task begins with preliminary round actions which will be known after the April 27 draws due to be held in Cairo, were the country could be pit against two formidable outfits were a win is needed to qualify to one of the seven groups that will comprise of four teams each.
The top two teams from each group will automatically qualify for the Orange CAN, Morocco 2015 and the best third-place team of the seven groups. In case of equality between two teams in contention for the best third-place spot, a play-off will be played in Morocco.
Goalkeepers: Jean Luc Ndayishimiye [Rayon] and Olivier Kwizera [APR]
Defenders: Emery Bayisenge [APR], Amani Uwilingiyimana [Police], Ismael Nshutiyamagara [APR], Michel Rusheshangonga [APR], Fitina Omberenga [SC Kiyovu], Abouba Sibomana [Rayon], Eric Rutanga [APR] and Salomon Nirisarike [Antwerp]
Midfielders: Leon Uwambazimana [Rayon], Jean Baptista Mugiraneza [APR], Fabrice Twagizimana [Police], Moussa Mutuyimana [Police], Patrick Sibomana [APR], Charles Tibingana [APR], Djamal Mwiseneza [Rayon], Andrew Buteera [APR], Cyiza Hussein Mugabo [Mukura] and Niyonzima Haruna [Young Africans]
Strikers: Meddie Kagere [Rayon], Elias Uzamukunda [AS Cannes] and Michel Ndahinduka [APR]