Haruna, Mbuyu, Jessy arrive for Cranes friendly

Haruna, Mbuyu, Jessy arrive for Cranes friendlyFifa Friendly Match

Feb. 6

Rwanda vs. Uganda

Tanzania vs. Cameroon

Libya vs. Kenya


Three foreign based players namely Mbuyu Twite and Haruna Niyonzima who all play for Tanzania’s Yanga and Jessy Reindorf [UN Namur-Belgium] have joined Amavubi camp ahead of Wednesday’s Fifa international friendly against the Uganda Cranes due to be played at Amahoro stadium.


This is a big big boost for the national team which will so far miss the services of Amavubi skipper Olivier Karekezi and Belgium-based defender Solomon Nirisarike.


The AC Bizertin striker will not honour Amavubi’s call after the Tunisian league resumed following Tunisia’s exit from the on-going Africa Nations’ Cup finals.


Nirisarike who plays for Belgium side Antweerp was blocked from traveling following the expiry of his work permit, a feat which prompted him to renew it.


Emery Bayisenge is also a major omission since he is still holding professional trials with Belgium Jupiler League side Zulte-Waregem FC.


Amavubi are placed bottom in Group H of the Brazil world cup qualifiers and this game is aimed at preparing the team ahead of the March 22 clash.


On the same day, second-placed in Group J Uganda Cranes take on Liberia’s Lone Stars away in Monrovia.


Amavubi have played three international warm-ups since October last year, playing a goalless draw away to Namibia in Windhoek and another 2-all draw in Kigali and before falling to Angola 1-0 in Luanda in December.


A win against the Uganda Cranes ranked 81st will definitely boost Amavubi chances of improving their Fifa World Rankings next month. Rwanda sit 137th and the next release will be on February 14.


Cranes started preparations over the weekend at Namboole national stadium in Kampala. Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson is not taking the international friendly lightly. The Scot has named a formidable squad for the assignment which also includes Gor Mahia striker Daniel Sserunkuma, who has surprisingly made a U-turn and accepted the call.


Amavubi team:

Goal keepers: Jean Luc Ndayishimiye [APR], Jean Claude Ndoli [APR}, Emery Mvuyekure [AS Kigali]


Defenders: Michel Rusheshangoga, Patrick Umwungeri [AS Kigali], Faustin Usengimana [Rayon Sport], Amani Uwiringiyimana [Police], Mbuyu Twite [Yanga],

Solomon Nirisarike [Antweerp], Emery Bayisenge [APR], Heritier Turatsinze [APR], Freddy Ndaka [Police],


Midfielders: Jean Baptista Mugiraneza [APR], Tumaine Ntamuhanga [APR], Aphrodis Hategikimana [Rayon Sport], Fabrice Twagizimana [Police], Haruna Niyonzima [Yanga], Jean Claude Iranzi [APR], Papy Sibomana [Isonga],


Strikers: Jimmy Mbaraga [AS Kigali], Peter Kagabo [Police], Meddie Kagere [Police], Olivier Karekezi [Bizertin] and Jessy Reindorf [UN Namur].


Cranes squad:

Goalkeepers: Hamza Muwonge (Vipers), Abel Dhaira (Simba,Tz) & Ali Kimera (Victoria)


Defenders: Simeon Masaba (URA), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Savio Kabugo and Denis Guma (both Victoria), Fahad Kawooya and Habib Kavuma (both KCC) & Fred Kakooza (Simba)


Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa, Michael Birungi and Brian Majwega (All KCC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Mike Sserumaga (Proline), Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Sam Ssekitto (Simba) & Willy Kavuma (Express).


Strikers: Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (Yanga, Tz), Daniel Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Brian Umony (Azam, Tz) & Ali Feni (URA).


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