Haruna, Nirisarike boost for Amavubi preps
2014 World Cup Qualifier
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PROFESSIONAL players Haruna Niyonzima and Salomon Nirisarike are the latest players to heighten Amavubi camp as the national team prepares to play away to Benin in the final Group H match due this Sunday in Porto Novo.
According to team manager Alfred Ngarambe, Haruna who plies his trade with Tanzanian league champions Young Africans joined camp and Salomon Nirisarike who plays for Belgium’s second tier club Antweerp arrived in the country on Monday.
The duo is the only professional players that were expected following the retirement of former skipper Olivier Karekezi late last month.
Karekezi retired from international football after a 13-year career with the national team in which he scored a record 25 goals in 53 appearances.
Karekezi’s last international match was during the 1-0 loss to Algeria played in May and he was also in Nshimiyimana’s squad for the final Group H match against Benin due on September 8 in Porto Novo.
Niyonzima is the new Amavubi skipper taking over the mantle from Karekezi.
The team has also been boosted with the return of pivotal striker Meddie Kagere who has been on trials with Lebanese Premier League side Safa Sporting Club.
Kagere who is unsettled since ending his contract with Police Fc mid this year is expected to put pen to paper to a one-year contract with Safa Sporting Club next week.
With no hopes of progressing to the play-offs of the 2014 World Cup qualifying, Eric Nshimiyimana’s side will be aiming for a win in Porto Novo to improve their Fifa rankings which placed the country in a distant 131st position this month.
Amavubi won on their last visit to Benin two years ago under Nshimiyimana as care-taker coach with debutant striker Meddie Kagere netting the solitary goal in the 1-0 victory.
Algeria tops Group H with 12 points and are through to the next round of the qualifiers, while second-placed Mali are four points adrift with a game still to be played. Benin is placed third with five points and Rwanda is bottom of the standings with two points.