Rwanda national football team
|Nickname(s)||Amavubi (The Wasps)|
|Head coach||Johnny McKinstry|
|Most caps||Haruna Niyonzima (75)|
|Top scorer||Olivier Karekezi (25)|
|Home stadium||Stade Amahoro|
|Current||111 8 (14 July 2016)|
|Highest||64 (March 2015)|
|Lowest||178 (July 1999)|
|Current||129 (2 June 2016)|
|Highest||95 (October 2008)|
|Lowest||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||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.
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 generally been the manufacturer for the Rwandan team since 2001. 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.
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
African Nations Championship record
|2 August 2014 AFCON 2015
|Rwanda||2 – 0
|Congo||Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+2||Ndahinduka 55'
|Report||Referee: Ali Adelaïd (Comoros)
|29 March 2015 Friendly||Zambia||2 – 0||Rwanda||Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Lusaka|
|15:00 UTC+2||Kalaba 61'
|7 June 2015 Friendly||Rwanda||2 – 0||Tanzania||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+2||Sibomana 45'
|14 June 2015 AFCON 2017
|Mozambique||0 – 1||Rwanda||Estádio do Zimpeto, Maputo|
|15:00 UTC+2||Report||Sugira 3'||Referee: Ndala Ngambo (Congo DR)
|28 August 2015 Friendly||Rwanda||3 – 1||Ethiopia||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|4 September 2015 AFCON 2017
|Rwanda||0 - 1||Ghana||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+2||[ Report]||Wakaso Mubarak Template:87||Attendance: 20000
|6 January 2015 Friendly||Rwanda||1 – 1||Cameroon||Umuganda Stadium, Gisenyi|
|15:30||Rwatubyaye 40'||Report||Ngamaleu 54'||Attendance: 5000
|10 January 2015 Friendly||Rwanda||1 – 0||DR Congo||Umuganda Stadium, Gisenyi|
|30 January 2015 CHAN 2016||Rwanda||1 – 2||DR Congo||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|18:00||Sugira 56'||Report||Gikanji 11'
|26 March 2016 AFCON 2017
|Mauritius||1 – 0||Rwanda||Stade George V, Curepipe|
|15:00 UTC+4||Rasolofonirina 59'||Report||Referee: Lazard Tsiba (Congo)
|29 March 2016 AFCON 2017
|Rwanda||5 – 0||Mauritius||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+4||Nshuti 11'
Sugira 39', 40'
|Report||Referee: Jackson Pavaza (Namibia)
|4 June 2016 AFCON 2017
|Rwanda||v||Mozambique||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|18||GK||Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye||15 June 1988||43||0||Rayon Sports|
|1||GK||Olivier Kwizera||30 July 1995||10||0||APR|
|2||DF||Emery Bayisenge||2 November 1994||35||1||LASK Linz|
|3||DF||Faustin Usengimana||11 June 1994||21||0||Rayon Sports|
|17||DF||Salomon Nirisarike||23 March 1993||15||0||Sint-Truidense V.V.|
|4||DF||Michel Rusheshangoga||25 August 1994||27||0||APR|
|5||DF||Abouba Sibomana||24 January 1989||26||0||Gor Mahia|
|13||DF||Hervé Rugwiro||21 December 1992||1||0||APR|
|14||DF||Eric Rutanga||3 November 1995||0||0||APR|
|6||MF||Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza||15 August 1988||70||5||Azam FC|
|7||MF||Yannick Mukunzi||2 October 1995||17||1||APR|
|12||MF||Jean-Claude Iranzi||5 October 1990||54||3||APR|
|8||MF||Haruna Niyonzima||20 February 1990||77||5||Young Africans|
|15||MF||Djihad Bizimana||12 December 1996||15||0||APR|
|16||MF||Andrew Buteera||3 October 1994||16||0||APR|
|17||MF||Patrick Sibomana||15 October 1996||12||2||APR|
|9||FW||Jacques Tuyisenge||22 September 1991||30||6||Police FC|
|10||FW||Quentin Rushenguziminega||13 November 1991||5||0||FC Lausanne-Sport|
|11||FW||Ernest Sugira||27 March 1991||16||7||AS Kigali|
|12||FW||Michel Ndahinduka||3 March 1990||16||4||APR|
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