Karekezi playing for Östers IF on 23 July 2011.
|Full name||Fils Olivier Mignone Karekezi|
|Date of birth||25 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Kigali, Rwanda|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 1998.
Olivier Karekezi (pronounced [ɔlivˈje kɑreˌcezi] ( listen); born 25 May 1983) is a Rwandan footballer, currently playing for Swedish div.4 side Råå IF and is also the former captain of the Rwanda national team.
He signed for Helsingborgs IF in 2005, leaving his native club APR FC, and scored five goals in 18 matches during the 2005 season. In 2006, he scored 11 goals for Helsingborg and thereby became their top scorer in Allsvenskan. In January 2008 he transferred to Hamarkameratene. In March 2010 he joined Swedish second division club Östers IF on a two-year deal.
Karekezi took pay cut to play for his former club APR. The attacking midfielder, who has been getting US$ 52,000 (Rwf30.9m) a year at Swedish second division side Östers IF, has already agreed a two- year-deal with the Primus league champions in the region of US$24, 000 (Rwf14m) a year.
Towards the end of September 2012, he joined Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club CA Bizertin in a two-year deal. In July 2013, he announced that he would retire from football when his contract with Bizertin expires in March 2015. However, he joined Swedish third-tier outfit Trelleborgs FF on 22 January 2014.
After 13 years with the national team, he announced his retirement from international football in late August 2013.
- Scores and results list Rwanda's goal tally first.
|1.||8 December 2001||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Somalia||3–0||3–0||2001 CECAFA Cup|
|2.||18 December 2001||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Uganda||2–1||3–2||2001 CECAFA Cup|
|3.||13 October 2002||Accra Sports Stadium, Accra||Ghana||1–0||2–4||2004 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|4.||3 December 2002||Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium, Arusha||Somalia||1–0||1–0||2002 CECAFA Cup|
|5.||12 October 2003||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Namibia||2–0||3–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|6.||2 December 2003||Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum||Zanzibar||1–0||2–2||2003 CECAFA Cup|
|7.||2 December 2003||Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum||Zanzibar||2–1||2–2||2003 CECAFA Cup|
|8.||14 August 2004||Kampala, Uganda||Uganda||?–?||2–1||Friendly|
|9.||11 December 2004||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa||Zanzibar||2–1||4–2||2004 CECAFA Cup|
|10.||19 December 2004||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa||Tanzania||?–?||5–1||2004 CECAFA Cup|
|11.||8 December 2005||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Uganda||1–0||1–0||2005 CECAFA Cup|
|12.||8 October 2006||Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia||Liberia||1–2||2–3||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|13.||25 March 2007||Estadio Internacional, Malabo||Equatorial Guinea||1–1||1–3||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|14.||8 September 2007||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Liberia||4–0||4–0||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|15.||13 December 2007||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Djibouti||1–0||9–0||2007 CECAFA Cup|
|16.||13 December 2007||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Djibouti||9–0||9–0||2007 CECAFA Cup|
|17.||31 May 2008||Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali||Mauritania||1–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|18.||8 June 2008||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa||Ethiopia||2–1||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|19.||14 June 2008||Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali||Morocco||3–1||3–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|20.||15 November 2011||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Eritrea||1–0||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|21.||26 November 2011||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Tanzania||1–0||1–0||2011 CECAFA Cup|
|22.||2 December 2011||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Djibouti||3–2||5–2||2011 CECAFA Cup|
|23.||2 December 2011||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Djibouti||4–2||5–2||2011 CECAFA Cup|
|24.||2 December 2011||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Djibouti||5–2||5–2||2011 CECAFA Cup|
|25.||8 December 2011||Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam||Sudan||2–1||2–1||2011 CECAFA Cup|
- Ostine Arinaitwe (19 August 2011). "Karekezi Takes Huge Pay Cut to Play for APR". The New Times (Rwanda). Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Bonnie Mugabe (22 September 2012). "Karekezi signs for Tunisia's Bizerte FC". The New Times (Rwanda). Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- Bonnie Mugabe (21 July 2013). "Karekezi set to retire". The New Times (Rwanda). Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Olivier Karekezi klar för TFF!" [Olivier Karekezi is ready for TFF!] (in Swedish). Trelleborgs FF. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
- Bonnie Mugabe (27 August 2013). "Karekezi retires". The New Times (Rwanda). Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- Földesi, László. "Olivier Karekezi – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Olivier Karekezi at National-Football-Teams.com
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