Rwanda national football team

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Rwanda
Nickname(s) Amavubi (The Wasps)
Association FERWAFA
Confederation CAF
Sub-confederation CECAFA
Head coach Jimmy Mulisa (Interim)
Captain Haruna Niyonzima
Most caps Haruna Niyonzima (75)
Top scorer Olivier Karekezi (25)
Home stadium Stade Amahoro
FIFA code RWA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Increase 14 (15 September 2016)
Highest 64 (March 2015)
Lowest 178 (July 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 129 (2 June 2016)
Highest 95 (October 2008)
Lowest 150 (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
Appearances 1 (First in 2004)
Best result Group 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 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 generally been the manufacturer for the Rwandan team since 2001.[4] 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.[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]

Honours[edit]

Competition records[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Ghana on 5 September 2015.

Caps and goals updated as of 5 September 2015.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 28) 43 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
1 1GK Olivier Kwizera (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 21) 10 0 Rwanda APR

2 2DF Emery Bayisenge (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 21) 35 1 Austria LASK Linz
3 2DF Faustin Usengimana (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 22) 21 0 Rwanda Rayon Sports
17 2DF Salomon Nirisarike (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 23) 15 0 Belgium Sint-Truidense V.V.
4 2DF Michel Rusheshangoga (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 22) 27 0 Rwanda APR
5 2DF Abouba Sibomana (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 27) 26 0 Kenya Gor Mahia
13 2DF Hervé Rugwiro (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Rwanda APR
14 2DF Eric Rutanga (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Rwanda APR

6 3MF Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza (1988-08-15) 15 August 1988 (age 28) 70 5 Tanzania Azam FC
7 3MF Yannick Mukunzi (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 20) 17 1 Rwanda APR
12 3MF Jean-Claude Iranzi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 25) 54 3 Rwanda APR
8 3MF Haruna Niyonzima (1990-02-20) 20 February 1990 (age 26) 77 5 Tanzania Young Africans
15 3MF Djihad Bizimana (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 19) 15 0 Rwanda APR
16 3MF Andrew Buteera (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 21) 16 0 Rwanda APR
17 3MF Patrick Sibomana (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 19) 12 2 Rwanda APR

9 4FW Jacques Tuyisenge (1991-09-22) 22 September 1991 (age 25) 30 6 Rwanda Police FC
10 4FW Quentin Rushenguziminega (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Switzerland FC Lausanne-Sport
11 4FW Ernest Sugira (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 25) 16 7 India Guwahati
12 4FW Michel Ndahinduka (1990-03-03) 3 March 1990 (age 26) 16 4 India NEROCA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rwanda's football mercenaries". BBC Sport. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rwanda snatch dramatic point". BBC Sport. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rwanda dumped out". BBC Sport. 31 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rwanda football shirt 1994 – 1996". oldfootballshirts.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Member Association – Rwanda". fifa.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Rwanda football Boss Rallies The Wasps Ahead Of Benin Clash - Goal.com". goal.com. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rwanda's Amavumbi Stars invite Uganda Cranes on Feb 6th". starafrica.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 

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