Nshimiyimana wants a new Amavubi deal
Amavubi Stars head coach Eric Nshimiyimana is hopeful his contract with the national team will be extended when it expires this month.
Nshimiyimana’s one-year contract expires in two week’s time but he is yet to receive any information about whether he would be offered a new deal, along with his assistant Jean Baptiste Kayiranga and the other members on the technical team.
He said on Wednesday, “Having my contract renewed or not is not in my hands but I would love to continue working as the head coach and help in the development of the team,”
When asked about Nshimiyimana’s fate, Rwanda Football Federation president Vincent ‘De Gaulle’ Nzamwita said that they are not in a rush to discuss the issue as they have other more urgent matters to deal with first.
“The coach’s contract is not so urgent right now,” Nzamwita said, adding that, “We first need to sort out the federation’s legal status, which should be completed by next week.”
Nzamwita revealed that Nshimiyimana and Kayiranga will not be the only ones to be assessed when time comes, but rather the entire national team.
“We shall do a review of the whole team, including assessing the coach’s work in the past 12 months and then make decisions accordingly,” he said.
The Ministry of Sports and Culture is responsible for paying the salaries of coaches. Under Nshimiyimana, who replaced Milutin Micho Sredjovic in March last year, Rwanda has managed just two wins, three draws and lost seven matches respectively.
“We shall sit down with my bosses in May to look at what we have achieved and what we have not, and it’s after the assessment that they will make the decision,” he said.
Nshimiyimana said that compared to previous coaches, who were each given at least two years, he was offered one year but “I think we have done relatively well despite the challenges,” he noted.
Amavubi under Nshimiyimana
World Cup 2014 Qualifiers
Benin 2 – 0 Rwanda
Rwanda 0 – 1 Algeria
Mali 1-1 Rwanda
CHAN 2014 Qualifiers
Ethiopia 1 – 0 Rwanda
Rwanda 1 – 0 Ethiopia
Rwanda 0 – 1 Malawi
Uganda 0 – 0 Rwanda
Burundi 1-1 Rwanda
Cecafa Challenge Cup
Uganda 1 – 0 Rwanda
Sudan 1 – 0 Rwanda
Rwanda 1 – 0 Eritrea
Kenya 1 – 0 Rwanda