Rwanda national football team
|Nickname(s)||Amavubi (The Wasps)|
|Head coach||Johnny McKinstry|
|Top scorer||Olivier Karekezi (25)|
|Home stadium||Stade Amahoro|
|FIFA ranking||78 16 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||64 (March 2015)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||178 (July 1999)|
|Elo ranking||105 (9 July 2015)|
|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
African Nations Championship record
Qualification 2 August 2014
|Rwanda||2 – 0
|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'
|Friendly 7 June 2015||Rwanda||2 – 0||Tanzania||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+2||Sibomana 45'
Qualification 14 June 2015
|Mozambique||0 – 1||Rwanda||Estádio do Zimpeto, Maputo|
|15:00 UTC+2||Report||Sugira 3'||Referee: Ndala Ngambo (Congo DR)
Qualification 4 September 2015
|Rwanda||v||Ghana||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+2||[ Report]|
Qualification 23 March 2016
|Mauritius||v||Rwanda||Stade George V, Curepipe|
|15:00 UTC+4||[ Report]|
Qualification 26 March 2016
|Rwanda||v||Mauritius||Amahoro Stadium, Kigali|
|15:00 UTC+4||[ Report]|
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- "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.