Karekezi eyes Mauritania victory

Amavubi Stars skipper, Olivier Karekezi has made a rallying call to his team mates, "we must beat Mauritius at home."

Amavubi Stars skipper, Olivier Karekezi has made a rallying call to his team mates, "we must beat Mauritius at home."

The Norway based striker made the call regarding Rwanda’s opening 2010 World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifier scheduled for May 30 in Kigali.

Karekezi, 27, who features for Norway’s premier league club Hamarkameratene told Times Sport through an e-mail over the weekend that Mauritania is a "must-win" match for the home team to give themselves the much needed confidence going in the way game against Ethiopia before the hosting group eight’s strongest opponent Morocco.

"The best chance that we have in our qualifying campaign is to beat Mauritania and then proceed to enhance preparations for the rest of the campaign.

"We have some good players who can compete with the best teams on the continent but the major problem always comes in with the preparations.

The team is not prepared well enough to compete positively and that has cost us a lot in the past," the national team captain remarked.

The former APR ace, speaking in his position as team captain, appealed to the local football body, Ferwafa to summon all the active professional players wherever they are to boost Amavubi’s chances of doing better than it has done in the last two campaigns.

Rwanda’s last two qualifying campaigns have ended in disappointment as the team has finished bottom and second bottom respectively.

Karekezi last guided Amavubi team to last year’s Cecafa Cup finals where Rwanda lost to Sudan 2-4 on penalties after a 2-all draw in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Like all the other players playing outside the country, Karekezi is ye to play under new coach Blanko Tucak.

But it won’t be long before that happens for the ex- Helsingborg star with Amavubi’s 2010 World Cup /African Nations’ Cup qualifiers starting in under two weeks’ time.

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