National women team trimmed to 24

National women team trimmed to 24

Coach Grace Nyinawumuntu

THE national women’s team has been trimmed from 35 to 24 as head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu gears up to find a solid 18-man which will face Kenya in the first round of the 2014 CAF Africa Women’s Championship scheduled to take place from February 13-15 next year.

The race to the event in Namibia will see Rwanda take on Kenya for the very first time in the history of women’s football in the region as both teams try to qualify for the ninth edition of the continental tournament.

The women’s team will host Kenya in the first round according to the fixtures which will also see a record 25 teams vie for the seven places at the ninth edition of the CAF event scheduled to be held from October 11-25.

Fifteen players from AS Kigali dominate the 24-woman team which will face Dream team academy on Sunday in a build-up match.

Twenty five teams will vie for the seven places up for grabs to join hosts Namibia for the finals scheduled October 11-25. Nyinawumuntu, 31, expressed optimism that her team will overcome the Kenya hurdle.

The second leg is scheduled for February 28 through March 2 in Nairobi, Kenya with the winner proceeding to the next round to face the winner in the Nigeria/Sierra Leone fixture.

Rwanda’s last competitive game was in 2009 – against Uganda – in the preliminary round of the Under-20 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers which they lost 1-0 in Kigali.

The second and final round first leg matches will be played from May 23-25 and the second leg matches between June 7 and 8 to decide who join Namibia for the finals in Windhoek.

Equatorial Guinea won the last edition after beating South Africa 4-0 in the final, while Cameroon edged Nigeria 1-0 to claim third place.

Equatorial Guinea, runners-up South Africa and bronze medalists Cameroon will only join the qualifiers quest in the second round.

Provisional 24-woman squad: Judith Ingabire [AS Kigali], Janvuere Mukadusenge [AS Kigali], Helene Uwizeyimana [AS Kigali], Gloria Nibagwire [AS Kigali], Clementine Mukamana [AS Kigali], Marie Claire Uwamahoro [AS Kigali], Clementine Ayigeneye [AS Kigali], Edith Umulisa [AS Kigali], Clementine Mururorunkwere {AS Kigali], Alice Kalimba [AS Kigali], Shadia Uwmahirwe [AS Kigali], Sophie Niyomugaba [AS Kigali], Alice Niyoyita [Remera Rukoma], Nadia Uwineza [AS Kigali], Claire Uwamahoro [AS Kigali], Yvonne Mukamaliza [Inyemera], Saida Ntagisanimana [AS Kigali], Abimana Djamilla [Remera Rukoma], Claire Umulisa [Winners], Jeanne Nyirahafashimana [AS Kigali], Anne Marie Ibangarye [AS Kigali], Florence Imanizabayo [Remera Rukoma], Fatuma Kankindi [Inyemera] and Oscarie Iragena.

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