Pros boost for Amavubi
Rwanda vs. Botswana
First leg qualifier
Libya vs. Rwanda
Rwanda vs. Libya
AMAVUBI STARS technical staff led by assistant coach Andre Casa Mbungo has been given a major boost after all the four professional players confirmed their availability for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya to be held in Tunis, Tunisia on May 18.
Striker Dady Birori who plies for DR Congo champions AS Vita, Elias Uzamukunda (AS Cannes), skipper Haruna Niyonzima (Young Africans-Tanzania) and defender Salomon Nirisarike (Royal Antwerp-Belgium) are expected to join Amavubi camp latest by Monday according to team administrator Alfred Ngarambe.
According to Ngarambe, Birori’s AS Vita will face TP Mazembe in the final league match of the season on Sunday where the winner will be crowned champions, before embarking on his journey to Kigali.
Birori has been DR Congo’s top scorer for the past three seasons and has scored three goals for Amavubi in 12 matches he has played.
His latest call was on March 24, 2013 when Rwanda hosted Mali in Kigali under Serbian coach Milutin Sredojovic Micho. Rwanda lost 2-1 to go ahead and shatter their 2014 World Cup hopes.
Reports had indicated that 27-year old will not be available for the two-legged preliminary round qualifiers of the continental championship due to AS Vita’s involvement in CAF Champions League.
However, Ngarambe said yesterday, “Birori has already confirmed his availability. He will come after the final league match of the season on Sunday against TP Mazembe. His club has also exempted him from this month’s Africa Champions League fixtures and feature for Amavubi in the Afcon qualifiers,”
“He will be in Kigali on Monday ahead of the Tuesday’s friendly match against Botswana,”
“Both Nirisarike, Haruna and Uzamukunda will also be in the country Sunday. We will be having a full house by Monday, of which the technical team will field against Botswana to pick the final team to face Libya,” added Ngarambe.
Amavubi play way to Libya in Tunis on May 18, the same dates when AS Vita takes on Zamalek of Egypt in the CAF Champions League.
Cassa Mbungo’s troops will host Libya in the second leg in Kigali on May 30 with the winner of the two-legged encounter facing either Namibia or Congo in the next round.
After the Zamalek date, the Congolese giants will play host to Al Hilal of Sudan between June 6 and 8, which would make it practically impossible for the Birori to serve the national team.
The technical bench was glad that AS Vita would be willing to release Birori to honour Amavubi call. Birori’s experience as witnessed in African club football is a vital household name in the team’s striking force.
Meanwhile, local players started preparations in high gear at Amahoro stadium on Wednesday. Striker Andre Lomami and defender Ismail Nshutiyamagara who didn’t turn up for the first drills have already joined their teammates at La Palisse hotel.
Should Rwanda go through in both rounds, they will book a place in Group A, whose other occupants are defending champions Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.