Kuze drops pair

Amavubi Stars coach Josip Kuze has dropped two senior squad players for failing to report on the first day of residential training.

Amavubi Stars coach Josip Kuze has dropped two senior squad players for failing to report on the first day of residential training.

Rayon midfielder Kalisa Kase and APR custodian Ramadhan Nkuzingoma were named among the 26 squad for the forthcoming GTV Cecafa Senior Challenge cup set for December 8-22 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The team started residential training in Gisenyi, Northern Province on Monday but minus the duo, which let to their being excluded from the squad.

The pair has been replaced by Abubakar Nshimiyimana (Mukura) and Jean Claude Ndoli (APR) respectively.

Nshimiyimana has been called for the first time to Amavubi team while Ndoli was a regular squad player during the former German coach Michael Nees era.

The decision to drop the pair is the first sign of Kuze’s intolerance to indiscipline within his dressing room.
The Amavubi Stars’ team manager Jean Pierre Bavuzingango confirmed the Croat’s uncompromising decision in a telephone interview with Times Sport yesterday.

“The pair was due to start residential training with the rest of the squad on Sunday evening, however, they were no where to be seen for the two training sessions on Monday,” Bavuzingango said.

Meanwhile, reports from the Gisenyi indicate that the team is doing well and that Kuze has no reported no other indiscipline related incidences in his first day days with the players.

The team is expected to return to Kigali over the weekend so as to make final touches before heading for the tournament on December 6.

Rwanda has been drawn in group B along with bitter rivals Uganda; other opponents in the group are Eritrea and Djibouti.

Hosts Tanzania are in group A together with traditional rivals Kenya as well as Burundi and Somalia, while group C has three teams; Sudan, Ethiopia and Zanzibar.

Rwanda finished third last year under Michael Nees in Ethiopia but they would be hoping to go a step or two better under Kuze.

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