Rwanda national football team
|Nickname(s)||Amavubi (The Wasps)|
|Association||Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA)|
|Sub-confederation||CECAFA (East & Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Johnny McKinstry|
|Top scorer||Olivier Karekezi (25)|
|Home stadium||Stade Amahoro|
|FIFA ranking||94 21 (4 June 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||64 (March 2015)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||178 (July 1999)|
|Elo ranking||114 (15 August 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||95 (October 2008)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||150 (July 1996)|
| Burundi 6–2 Rwanda
(Libreville, Gabon; 29 June 1976)
| Rwanda 9–0 Djibouti
(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 13 December 2007)
| Cameroon 5–0 Rwanda
(Libreville, Gabon; 7 July 1976)
Zaire 6–1 Rwanda
(Gabon; 12 July 1976)
Tunisia 5–0 Rwanda
(Tunis, Tunisia; 10 April 1983)
Uganda 5–0 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.
Rwanda qualified for its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2004. 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. 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.
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. However, between 2004 to 2009, Rwanda used L-sport as their outfitter.
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. 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).
World Cup record
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 1957 to 1980 – Did not enter
- 1982 to 1984 – Did not qualify
- 1986 – Did not enter
- 1988 – Withdrew
- 1990 to 1998 – Did not enter
- 2000 to 2002 – Did not qualify
- 2004 – Round 1
- 2006 to 2013 – Did not qualify
- 2015 – "Disqualified"
Qualification 18 May 2014
|Libya||0 – 0||Rwanda||Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès|
|17:00||Report||Referee: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)
Qualification 31 May 2014
|Rwanda||3 – 0||Libya||Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali City|
|13:30||Birori 39', 64', 72'||Report||Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
Qualification 20 July 2014
|Congo||2–0||Rwanda||Stade Municipal, Pointe-Noire|
|15:30 UTC+1||Gandzé 66'
|Report||Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Qualification 2 August 2014
|Congo||Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+2||Ndahinduka 55'
|Report||Referee: Ali Mohamed Adelaïd (Comoros)
|Friendly 29 March 2015||Zambia||2–0||Rwanda||Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Lusaka|
|15:00 UTC+2||Kalaba 61'
The following players have been called up for Rwanda squad within the past 12 months.
- "Rwanda's football mercenaries". BBC Sport. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Rwanda snatch dramatic point". BBC Sport. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Rwanda dumped out". BBC Sport. 31 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.