Rwanda to face Burundi in FIFA international match
RWANDA’S Amavubi will face Burundi’s Intamba ku rugamba next month as the two prepare for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Rwanda Football Federation confirmed the development on Friday saying that the two had agreed with their counterparts, Burundi football Association, to give each other a test ahead of the campaign.
The two will face off on March 5 at Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium as Rwanda prepare for the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Among the agreements, the two nations will also play a friendly match for the Under-20 teams to be played in Kigali on the same date.
The Ferwafa vice president Vedaste Kayiranga told Saturday Sports yesterday, “Among the three nations contacted, Burundi managed to respond on time and we are doing everything to ensure that we meet what is needed to honour the friendly match,”
“Having taken part in the January’s CHAN tournament, we believe Burundi has a good squad to give a good test to our boys,” added Kayiranga.
The new 2015 Afcon qualification system placed Rwanda into the preliminaries to pave way for a challenging route Amavubi will have to endure to qualify for Morocco next year.
The qualifying draw will be conducted on April 27 in Cairo, Egypt, after which Rwanda will be able to know their preliminary round opponents.
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 Amavubi Squad to prepare for the game will be announced on Saturday according to head coach Eric Nshimiyimana. Burundi is ranked 124 on Fifa rankings, ten places better than Rwanda.
Junior wasps face Burundi’s U20
As part of enhancing preparations, Richard Tardy’s junior wasps will face Burundi’s U20 in Kigali on March 5 ahead of the Africa Youth Championship qualifiers.
Junior Wasps has been drawn against South Sudan in the qualifying first round of the road to 2015 Senegal Africa Youth Championship finals.
They will be away in the first leg on the weekend of April 4-6 before hosting the return leg in Kigali on the weekend of April 25-27.
Rwanda will be looking to qualify for the 2015 African U-20 championships in Senegal from March 8-22 and so far 51 countries are in contention for 16 places. Last year, Rwanda failed to go past the first round, losing 4-2 to Mali.