Junior Wasps enhance AYC preps

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Rwanda’s U-20 national football team is locked in intensive drills at La Palisse hotel ahead of the 2015 Africa Youth Championship (CAN U-20) qualifiers.

The final 20-player squad was announced last Friday with qualifiers scheduled to start next month and the final tournament will be held in Senegal from March 8 to 22, 2014.

The four semi-finalists will earn automatic tickets to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

So far, 51 countries are in contention for 7 places to join the hosts Senegal in the finals. Last year, Rwanda failed to go past the first round, losing 4-2 to Mali.

Frenchman Richard Tardy, who also serves as the national technical director, summoned his team for preparation for the first round qualifier against South Sudan.

The first leg will be played in Juba on the weekend of April 4-6 and the return in Kigali three weeks later.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Olivier Kwizera (APR FC), Kassim Ndayisenga (APR), Fabrice Fikirif (ASPOR)

Defenders: Fitina Ombolenga and Celestin Ndayishimiye (Kiyovu SC), Ally Serumugo (Sunrise FC), Eric Rutanga (APR), Ally Cyuzuzo (Vision FC), Hakim Tuyisenge (Isonga FC).

Midfielders: Robert Ndatimana and Djihad Bizimana (Rayon Sports), Yannick Mukunzi (APR), Hussein Cyiza (Mukura VS), Cedric Samba (Isonga FC)

Strikers: Bertrand Iradukunda of Isonga Fc, Janvier Benedata (Kiyovu), Suleiman Kakira, Nova Bayama, Maxime Sekamana and Patrick Sibomana (all from APR).

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