Amissi, only Rwanda-based summoned for Amavubi friendly tie
Fifa friendly match
Burundi vs. Rwanda
Striker Cedric Amissi is the only Burundian player featuring in Rwanda league summoned to play for the Swallows when they host Amavubi on March 5 in a Fifa international match due at Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium on March 5.
Burundi’s German coach Rainer Wilfried summoned a 23-local man and ten professional players to start immediate preparations ahead of next week’s match.
Amissi is the only Rwanda-based player summoned as coach Wilfried ignored Rayon Sports duo of Fuadi Ndayisenga and Karim Nizigiyimana, Ally Musa from SC Kiyovu and Papa Claude from Mukura.
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] are the other professional players summoned for the crucial match.
The friendly match will help both nations to prepare for the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
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.
Amavubi are seeking to put on improved performances this year when they will engage in 2015 Afcon qualifiers.
If Amavubi manage to negotiate their way out of the preliminaries that could pit them against two formidable outfits, they will join one of the seven groups that will comprise of four teams each.
The qualifying draw will be conducted on April 27 in Cairo, Egypt, after which Rwanda will be able to know their preliminary round opponents.
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.
Burundi team: Marc Arthur Arakaza (Flambeau de l’Est), Omar Biha (Vital’O), Yvan Rugumandiye (Athletico Olympic), Stephane Rugonumugabo (LLB Academic), Pascal Hakizimana (Flambeau de l’Est), Issa Hakizimana (LLB Academic), Kiza Fataki (LLB Academic), Steve Nzigamasabo (Enugu Rangers), Idi Jumaine (Vital’O), Michel Girukwishaka (Inter Stars), Leon Rashid (LLB Academic), Yussuf Ndikumana (LLB Academic), D’amour Nkurunziza (Inter Stars), Massoud Abdallah (Vital’O), Pistis Barenga (Vital’O), Gael Duhayindavyi (LLB Academic), Jean Claude Ndarusanze (LLB Academic), Fiston Razak Abdoul (Sofapaka), Mossi Moussa (Vital’O), Shasir Nahimana (Inter Stars), Hussein Shabani (Flambeau de l’Est), Idi Juma Ballack ( LLB Academic) and Deo Ndayishimiye (Inter Stars), Cedric Amissi [Rayon Sports], 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].