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Rwanda women's national football team

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Rwanda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) She-Amavubi
(The She-Wasps)
Association Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu
Captain Gloria Nibagwire
Top scorer Alice Niyoyita
Jeanne Nyirahatashima
Clementine Mukamana (1)
Home stadium Stade Régional Nyamirambo
FIFA code RWA
FIFA ranking 133 Decrease 8
Highest FIFA ranking 125 (June 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 133 (September 2014)
First colours
First international
 Rwanda 1–0 Kenya 
(Kigali, Rwanda; 16 February 2014)
Biggest win
 Rwanda 1–0 Kenya 
(Kigali, Rwanda; 16 February 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 8–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Kaduna, Nigeria; 7 June 2014)
African Women's Championship
Appearances 0 (First in None)
Best result None

The Rwanda women's national football team represents Rwanda in women's association football and is controlled by the Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association. It had to date been schedule to compete in one major tournament, the inaugural Women's Challenge Cup held in Zanzibar in October 2007, but the event was ultimately canceled. It has finally debuted in February 2014 against Kenya. Like their male counterpart, the team is nicknamed The She-Amavubi (Kinyarwanda for The She-Wasps). It has never qualified for an African Championship finals or a World Cup.

Senior national team[edit]

Until 2012, Rwanda had yet to play in a single FIFA recognised match.[1] FIFA did not recognise a senior women's national team in the period between 2002 to 2006,[2] with no team existing by 2008.[3] While Rwanda women's national under-20 football team existed and played in matches by 2009,[4][5][6] the senior national team was not competing in matches in the period. There was no senior team competing in the 2010 African Women's Championships during the preliminary rounds[7] or the 2011 All Africa Games.[8] In March 2012, the team was not ranked in the world by FIFA[9] and a senior national team still did not existed.[10] However, a senior national team played its first official match on February 16, 2014.

The inaugural Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Women's Challenge Cup was supposed to be held in Zanzibar October 2007,[11] an event Rwanda was planning to send a national team to compete in,[12] but the competition was ultimately canceled.[13] The competition was to be funded by Confederation of African Football. The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations secretary, Nicholas Musonye said of the event, "CAF wants to develop women football in this region in recognition of the milestones CECAFA has achieved over the years. CAF appreciates what CECAFA has done despite the hardships the association has gone through, from financial problems to political instability in member states and poor management of associations. Member states in the CECAFA region have not taken women's football seriously. CAF now wants to sponsor a long-term campaign to attract women from this region into the game." [13][14]

History[edit]

It has debuted on 16 January 2014, in the 2014 African Women's Championship first qualification round, against Kenya in the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali, where they win 1–0 by a goal scored by Alice Niyoyita at the 29 minutes in the first leg, in the second leg, in Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, Kenya they lost 2–1, with a goal of Jeanne Nyirahatashima. Rwanda qualified to the second round by away goals rule after finishing 2–2 in aggregate and will play against Nigeria. Its third official match was disputed on 13 May 2014 against Zambia and ended in a 3–0 loss, making it the third loss of their record. They disputed the 2014 African Women's Championship second qualification round with Nigeria in 24 May 2014, losing 4–1, with one goal of Clementine Mukamana at the 53 minutes. In the second leg, again with Nigeria in 7 June 2014, the She-Amavubi lost by a crushing 8–0 defeat, leaving them out of the 2014 African Women's Championship by 12–1 in aggregate score.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
China 1991 to
Germany 2011
Did Not Enter
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify
Total 0/7 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Women's Championship record[edit]

African Women's Championship
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 to
Equatorial Guinea 2012
Did Not Enter
Namibia 2014 Did Not Qualify
Total 0/11 - - - - - -

Coaches[edit]

Recent matches[edit]






Current Squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for the 2014 African Women's Championship qualification match against Nigeria on 8 June 2014.

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Judith Ingabire (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
18 1GK Helena Uwizeyimana (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 30) 0 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
10 3MF Jeanne Nyirahatashima (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 19) 5 1 Rwanda AS Kigali
2 3MF Djamila Abimana (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Rwanda Kamonyi
5 3MF Clementine Mukamana (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 19) 5 1 Rwanda AS Kigali
8 3MF Chadia Uwamahirwe (1995-02-12) 12 February 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
11 3MF Alice Niyoyita (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 19) 5 1 Rwanda AS Kigali
14 3MF Maria Ibangaryeanne (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
17 3MF Gloria Nibagwire (c) (1982-08-14) 14 August 1982 (age 32) 5 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
12 3MF Sophie Niyomugaba (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 19) 5 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
6 3MF Louise Maniraguha (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 21) 5 0
16 3MF Alice Kalimba (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 19) 5 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
15 3MF Saida Ntagisanimana (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
7 3MF Agathe Iririkumutimana (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
3 3MF Claudine Murorunkwere (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Rwanda Rambura
4 3MF Edith Umulisa (1993-11-04) 4 November 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
13 3MF Marie Claire Uwamahoro (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Rwanda AS Kigali
9 3MF Janviere Mukadusenge (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Rwanda AS Kigali

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
MF Nadia Uwineza (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Rwanda AS Kigali v.  Kenya, 2 March 2014
MF Jeanette Mukeshimana (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Rwanda Inyemera v.  Kenya, 2 March 2014
MF Oscarie Iragena (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 26) 0 0 v.  Kenya, 16 February 2014
MF Yvonne Mukamaliza (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Rwanda Inyemera v.  Kenya, 2 March 2014
MF Albertine Mukashema (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Rwanda Inyemera v.  Kenya, 2 March 2014
MF Florence Imanizabayo (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 17) 0 0 Rwanda Kamonyi v.  Nigeria, 24 May 2014

Head-to-Head Record[edit]

As of 16 June 2014

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
 Kenya 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
 Nigeria 2 0 0 2 1 12 -11
 Zambia 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
3 Countries 5 1 0 4 3 17 −14

Junior national team[edit]

In 2006, a Rwanda women's national under-17 football team and Rwanda women's national under-20 football team did not officially exist,[2] but this changed by 2009 when an under-20 team and competed in the African Women U-20 World Cup 2010 Qualifying tournament. In the first leg on 24 October 2009 in Nakivubo, they lost to Uganda 1–2. In the second leg on 7 November 2009 in Kigali, they lost to Uganda 0–1.[4][5][6] In Rwanda's 1–2 loss, Saida Ntagisarinana came on in the second half as a substitute for Rwanda and scored the team's only goal. Rwanda's play in the game was described by Ugandan newspaper New Vision as "far more organised [than Uganda], structured and played as a team."[16]

Background and history[edit]

The development of women's football in Africa faces several challenges, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women in the wider society, and fundamental inequality present in that society that occasionally allows for female-specific human rights abuses.[17] At the same time, if talented women footballers do emerge, many choose to go abroad to maximize playing opportunities.[18] A lack of funding impedes regional development of women's football as most of the funding for the women's national team comes from FIFA, not the national football association.[18]

Inside Rwanda, the first women's football programme was developed in 2000. "Kicking for Reconciliation" was created during the late 2000s, and involved over 100 young players in an attempt at "bringing healing to a nation that saw the worst genocide since World War II" through sport. The programme was open to both Tutsis and Hutus.[19] By 2008, this included a schools and university competition.[3] Women's football was supported by a single dedicated national federation staffer by 2006.[2] Women's sport, including football, received little press coverage in the Rwandan media.[12] A women's football league was founded in 2008, and the country is the only one in the region with a viable league, but the it still faces challenges related to funding for teams, with most of its funding coming from FIFA.[20] Grace Nyinawumuntu became the first female referee at the senior level in Rwanda in 2004, and went on to become the first woman to coach a professional team in the country in 2009. Her professional women's side went on to win the league championship under her leadership.[21] The lack of high-level football opportunities in Uganda led to some players going from there to Rwanda for opportunities to play in the country's professional league.[5]

International training related to women is limited in Rwanda. Between 1991 and 2010, there was no FIFA FUTURO III regional course for women's coaching, no women's football seminar held in the country, and no FIFA MA course held for women and youth football.[3] Internationally, in 2007, a representative from the country attended a FIFA sponsored women's football symposium in China.[22] Felicite Rwemarika is the head of women's football in the country.[20] She is credited with developing the sport in the country by founding the Association of Kigali Women in Football amongst other things.[23]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rwanda: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c FIFA (2006). "Women's Football Today" (PDF). Switzerland: FIFA. p. 163. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Goal! Football: Rwanda" (PDF). FIFA. 25 November 2008. p. 4. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "African Women U-20 World Cup 2010 Qualifying". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Vianney, John (19 January 2012). "Uganda: A Case for Women's Football". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Kigongo, Ismail D. (13 January 2012). "After DR Congo, Women Need More". The Monitor (Kampala, Uganda). Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fixtures – African Women Championship 2010 - CAF". Cafonline.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Groups & standings – All Africa Games women 2011 - CAF". Cafonline.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". Switzerland: FIFA. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tanzania yapaa viwango FIFA" (in Swahili). New Habari. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. Nchi nyingine za CECAFA ambazo ni Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Somalia na Sudan hazina soka la wanawake la ushindani kiasi ya kuwa na timu ya taifa. 
  11. ^ Bugingo, Douglas (29 August 2007). "The Monitor (Uganda) - AAGM: Investment in Youth Soccer Reaping Rewards – Mulindwa". The Monitor (Kampala, Uganda). Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Huggins, Allison; Randell, Shirley (2007). "The Contribution of Sports to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment1" (PDF). International Conference on Gender Equity on Sports for Social Change, Kigali, 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Olita, Reuben (27 September 2007). "Cecafa Puts Off Women Tourney". New Vision (Uganda). 
  14. ^ "The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM: CAF to Fund Regional Women's Championships". Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya). 4 January 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  15. ^ http://focus.rw/wp/2014/01/nyinawumuntu-appointed-as-head-coach-for-national-womens-team/
  16. ^ Muwanga, Sabiiti (25 October 2009). "New Vision (Uganda) - AAGM: U-20 Women Have Quite a Task in Rwanda Leg". New Vision (Kampala, Uganda). Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Jean Williams (15 December 2007). A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women's Football. Berg. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-84520-674-1. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Gabriel Kuhn (24 February 2011). Soccer Vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics. PM Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-60486-053-5. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Sharma, Kalpana (11 July 2010). "The Hindu (English): Just let them play". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Lack of funds holding back women’s football league". Rwanda: The Chronicles. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Rwanda’s First Female Professional Football Coach Defies Gender Stereotypes, Inspires Players". Global Press Institute. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rwanda: FA to Attend FIFA Women's Football Symposium". 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  23. ^ "Gender mainstreaming versus gender specific strategies" (PDF). Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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