After the heights of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in 2004, the senior national team, The Amavubi Stars, have regressed tremendously. Presently they are ranked 124 in the world. While the junior football teams have tasted moderate success, Society Magazines’ Pelagie Mbabazi & Agnes Bateta asked people on the street if the senior national team is worth the trouble.
“Scrapping the national team is not an option because it may create more problems instead. The concerned people should revise this issue and come out with some well planned measures because not the whole team is to blame.”
Innocent Ntare, SMS Media Staff
“Personally I think the best thing to do is change the coach and check for other problems that may be the cause of the team’s consistent failure, rather than writing it off.”
Christopher Idambi, Gikondo Resident.
“If the Amavubi Senior team is to be scrapped then ways to nurture a stronger and more reliable team from a new generation should be looked into. They will need a new coach with better skills and motivation strategies.”
John Twinokushima, Rubavu Resident
“I support this one hundred percent but then, again, before it happens, they should nurture the younger generation that will most definitely take over.”
Jean de Dieu Uwineza, Gisozi Resident.
“Despite the senior team’s failure to shine in various competitions, the junior team has no experience that makes them worthy of replacing the former.”
Jean Claude Ndayishimiye, Kimihurura Resident
“I don’t think the team has a problem. In fact, it is the coach and other directors that need to be sacked.”
Ange Mushyimiyimana, ULK Student
“Everyone deserves a chance in life. Instead of scrapping the team, the government should give it an ultimatum of at least one year and if there is no change then I guess other drastic measures can be taken.”
Charles Mutangana, Nyamirambo Resident.