Rwanda national football team

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Rwanda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Amavubi (The Wasps)
AssociationFERWAFA
ConfederationCAF
Sub-confederationCECAFA
Head coachVincent Mashami[1]
CaptainHaruna Niyonzima
Most capsHaruna Niyonzima (75)
Top scorerOlivier Karekezi (25)
Home stadiumStade Amahoro
FIFA codeRWA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current137 Increase 1 (29 November 2018)[2]
Highest64 (March 2015)
Lowest178 (July 1999)
Elo ranking
Current142 Decrease 2 (6 December 2018)[3]
Highest95 (October 2008)
Lowest150 (July 1996)
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
Appearances1 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage, 2004

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 the 2004 edition.[4] 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.[5] Rwanda went on to beat DR Congo in their final group 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.[6]

Team image[edit]

Kit[edit]

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 generally been the manufacturer for the Rwandan team since 2001.[7] However, between 2004 and 2009, Rwanda used L-sport as their outfitter, and in 2015 the side started wearing kit provided by AMS, an emerging Australian supplier.

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.[8] 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).[9][10]

Honours[edit]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 1994 Did not enter Declined participation
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 1 1 2 4
Germany 2006 12 2 3 7 10 17
South Africa 2010 10 3 2 5 8 11
Brazil 2014 8 1 3 4 7 13
Russia 2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 36 6 9 21 29 54

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

African Nations Championship record[edit]

  • 2009 – Did not qualify
  • 2011 – Group Stage
  • 2014 – Did not qualify
  • 2016 – Quarter-finals
  • 2018 – Group Stage

Head coaches[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Ivory Coast on 12 October 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Yves Kimenyi (1996-10-13) 13 October 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Rwanda APR
16 1GK Abouba Bashunga (1995-11-22) 22 November 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports

2 2DF Emmanuel Imanishimwe (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Rwanda APR
3 2DF Eric Rutanga (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
13 2DF Fitina Omborenga (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 22) 7 1 Rwanda APR
14 2DF Salomon Nirisarike (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 25) 16 0 Belgium Sint-Truidense V.V.
16 2DF Abdoul Rwatubyaye (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 22) 6 1 Rwanda Rayon Sports
17 2DF Thierry Manzi (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
20 2DF Herve Rugwiro (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Rwanda APR

4 3MF Djihad Bizimana (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 21) 18 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
6 3MF Yannick Mukunzi (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 23) 17 1 Rwanda Rayon Sport F.C
10 3MF Kevin Muhire (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Rwanda Rayon Sport F.C
12 3MF Jean-Claude Iranzi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 28) 54 3 Slovakia MFK Topoľčany
16 3MF Andrew Buteera (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 24) 16 0 Rwanda APR
3MF Steven Rubanguka (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Belgium Maasmechelen

5 4FW Meddie Kagere (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 27) 23 12 Tanzania Simba
9 4FW Jacques Tuyisenge (1991-09-22) 22 September 1991 (age 27) 17 3 Kenya Tersana
18 4FW Danny Usengimana (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Egypt Tersana
4FW Trésor Shema (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Belgium Torhout

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45234187
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Rwanda's football mercenaries". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Rwanda snatch dramatic point". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Rwanda dumped out". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Rwanda football shirt 1994 – 1996". oldfootballshirts.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Member Association – Rwanda". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Rwanda football Boss Rallies The Wasps Ahead Of Benin Clash - Goal.com". goal.com. Goal. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Rwanda's Amavumbi Stars invite Uganda Cranes on Feb 6th". starafrica.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

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