Rwanda national football team

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Rwanda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Amavubi (The Wasps)
Association Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA)
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Stephen Constantine
Asst coach Andre Cassa Mbungo
Aloys Kanamugire
Captain Haruna Niyonzima
Top scorer Olivier Karekezi (25)
Home stadium Stade Amahoro
FIFA code RWA
FIFA ranking 93 Increase 8 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 78 (December 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 178 (July 1999)
Elo ranking 114 (15 August 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 95 (October 2008)
Lowest Elo ranking 150 (July 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Burundi 6–2 Rwanda Rwanda
(Libreville, Gabon; 29 June 1976)
Biggest win
 Rwanda 9–0 Djibouti 
(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 13 December 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Cameroon 5–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Libreville, Gabon; 7 July 1976)
 Zaire 6–1 Rwanda Rwanda
(Gabon; 12 July 1976)
 Tunisia 5–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Tunis, Tunisia; 10 April 1983)
 Uganda 5–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Kampala, Uganda; 1 August 1998)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 1 (First in 2004)
Best result Round 1

The Rwanda national football team represents Rwanda in international football. It is controlled by the Rwandese Federation of Association Football (French: Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association), the governing body of football in Rwanda, and competes as a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as well as the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), a CAF sub-confederation that governs football in East and Central Africa. The team bears the nickname Amavubi (Kinyarwanda for The Wasps), and primarily plays its home games at the Stade Amahoro in Kigali, the nation's capital. They have never qualified for a World Cup finals, and reached their first Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.

History[edit]

Rwanda qualified for its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.[1] At the tournament they lost their opening match 2–1 to Tunisia before winning their first ever point in the competition after a 1–1 draw against Guinea.[2] Rwanda went on to beat DR Congo in their final match by a 1–0 scoreline, but it wasn't enough as elsewhere in the group Guinea and Tunisia drew, meaning both teams progressed to the quarter finals and Rwanda were eliminated.[3]

Team Image[edit]

Kit[edit]

Rwandese supporters cheer their team at 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round match between Rwanda and Mali.

In 2001, after adopting the new flag of Rwanda, The Federation (FERWAFA) changed the color of the team kit. The new team kit consists of a yellow jersey, blue shorts and green socks for home matches, while their away kit is either all white or all blue.Adidas has been the outfitter for the Rwandan team since 2001.[4] However, between 2004 to 2009, Rwanda used L-sport as their outfitter.

Names[edit]

Under the official FIFA Trigramme the team's name is abbreviated as RWA; this acronym is used by FIFA, the CAF and the CECAFA to identify the team in official competitions.[5] However the team was more commonly known as the RR, the acronym for the country's official name, Repubulika y'u Rwanda or République du Rwanda, which the local press used when they referred to the team as the RR XI. The national team is often referred to as Amavubi (The Wasps).[6][7]

Competition records[edit]

This logo, or its derivatives, has been used to denote the team on Rwanda's TV broadcasters

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Honours[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Libya on 18 and 31 May 2014.

Caps and goals updated as of 31 May 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jean-Claude Ndoli (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 27) 41 0 Rwanda APR
1GK Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye (1991-05-25) 25 May 1991 (age 23) 26 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
1GK Emery Mvuyekure (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Rwanda Kigali
2DF Ismaël Nshutiyamagara (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 27) 36 0 Rwanda APR
2DF Emery Bayisenge (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 (age 20) 21 0 Rwanda APR
2DF Abouba Sibomana (1989-01-17) 17 January 1989 (age 25) 20 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
2DF Albert Ngabo (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 27) 17 0 Rwanda APR
2DF Michel Rusheshangoga (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 20) 14 0 Rwanda APR
2DF Mwemere Ngirinshuti (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 25) 10 0 Rwanda Kigali
2DF Salomon Nirisarike (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 21) 10 0 Belgium Antwerp
2DF James Tubane (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Rwanda Kigali
3MF Haruna Niyonzima (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 24) 63 4 Tanzania Young Africans
3MF Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza (1988-07-25) 25 July 1988 (age 26) 57 3 Rwanda APR
3MF Jean-Claude Iranzi (1992-12-04) 4 December 1992 (age 21) 37 3 Rwanda APR
3MF Djamal Mwiseneza (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 22) 11 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
3MF Jimmy Mbaraga (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 24) 9 1 Rwanda Kigali
3MF Rodrigue Murengezi (1986-03-26) 26 March 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Rwanda Kigali
3MF Léo Uwambajimana (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
4FW Meddie Kagere (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27) 29 9 Albania Tirana
4FW Daddy Birori (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 (age 27) 19 6 Democratic Republic of the Congo Vita Club
4FW Elias Uzamukunda (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 23) 11 4 France Cannes
4FW Jacques Tuyisenge (1991-09-22) 22 September 1991 (age 23) 11 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo
4FW Michel Ndahinduka (1990-03-03) 3 March 1990 (age 24) 10 3 Rwanda APR

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Rwanda squad within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Olivier Kwizera (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Rwanda APR v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
GK Marcel Nzarora (1994-11-22) 22 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo 2013 CECAFA Cup
GK Evariste Mutuyimana (1990-01-12) 12 January 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Kenya Sofapaka v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
GK Gérard Bikorimana (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
DF Fitina Omborenga (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 19) 4 0 Rwanda Kiyovu Sports v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
DF Amani Uwiringiyimana (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
DF Eric Rutanga (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Rwanda APR v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
DF Gabriel Mugabo (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo v.  Uganda, 16 November 2013
DF Faustin Usengimana (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 20) 5 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
DF Hamdan Bayiranga (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Rwanda APR v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
MF Fabrice Twagizimana (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 23) 16 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
MF Andrew Buteera (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 20) 14 0 Rwanda APR v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
MF Charles Tibingana (1994-08-28) 28 August 1994 (age 20) 8 0 Rwanda APR v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
MF Patrick Sibomana (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 17) 5 1 Rwanda APR v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
MF Moussa Mutuyimana (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
MF Mohamed Mushimiyimana (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 19) 8 0 Rwanda Kigali 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Eric Gasana (1984-04-04) 4 April 1984 (age 30) 39 3 Tanzania Young Africans v.  Uganda, 19 November 2013
MF Aphrodis Hategekimana (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
MF Innocent Habyarimana (1989-03-05) 5 March 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
MF Ghad Niyonshuti (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports v.  Benin, 8 September 2013
FW Hussein Cyiza Mugabo (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Rwanda Mukura Victory v.  Burundi, 5 March 2014
FW Emmanuel Sebanani (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 20) 4 0 Rwanda Police Kibungo v.  Benin, 8 September 2013

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