Nirisarike out of Libya encounter

Defender Salomon Nirisarike

Defender Salomon Nirisarike

Belgium-based defender Salomon Nirisarike is a major blow for Amavubi as he will miss the Sunday’s 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Libya due to work permit issues.

According to Amavubi team Administrator Alfred Ngarambe, Nirisarike who plays for Royal Antwerp will not honour the match due to documentation issues.

“His work permit expired and he is in the process of renewing it. He thought he would come but it became impossible on Tuesday when he was told that the work permit is yet to issued out,”

“There is no way he could leave Belgium without his work permit because it would complicate his return. He will be available for the return leg,” added Ngarambe.

Without Nirisarike, Coach Cassa Mbungo is likely to field James Tubane and Emery Bayisenge in the heart of the central defense on Sunday where Rwanda must keep a clean sheet against the North Africans before hosting them in a decisive return leg in Kigali on May 31.

Other professional players’ skipper Haruna Niyonzima (Young Africans), Daddy Birori (AS Vita) and Elias Uzamukunda (AS Cannes) joined the camp on Monday and they are in good shape ready for the encounter.

Amavubi depart for Tunis on Thursday morning aboard Turkish Airways. They will have a stop-over in Instabul before connecting straight to Tunis with their expected arrival scheduled to be on Thursday evening.

In case Amavubi qualify to the next round, they will play the winner between Namibia and Congo. The Winner between Namibia/Congo and Rwanda/Libya will join Group A which comprises of defending champions Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.

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