The national U-17 coach Yves Rwasamanzi trimmed the youthful from 35 to 23 players ahead of the Cecafa Youth tournament slated for August 18-27 in
Rwasamanzi said players that the 35 players were pre-selected and after a week of intensive training, the team was trimmed to 23 players before entering residential training next week at Hello’s corner.
The 23 player will again be reduce to 20 as he final squad that will travel to Bujmbura for the inaugural Youth Championship.
“Some of the players who were dropped were still young and thus have other opportunities to play in next year’s team,” Rwasamanzi said
He added that the last 20-man squad would be announced two days before their departure for
“I am impressed by the selection of the team, the boys are good and have high confidence, desire to train, naturally gifted, and are quick learners,” Rwasamanzi added.
Rwasamanzi who is unbothered about their opener against
The event, which is sponsored by President Jakaya Kikwete (
Meanwhile, AS-Kigali assistant Coach Casa Kasabongo has been appointed as Rwasamanzi’s assistant. Casa will closely work with Rwasamanzi as the two look to steer
Ferwafa has dispatched Frw 30 millions to finance the team’s preparation and participation in the regional tournament that has attracted seven countries;
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has injected $ 68000(Frw. 37.400.000) in the tournament.
The players remaining in the camp are: Regis Uwingabire, Ally Ishimwe, Pierre Maniraguha, Amani Uwiringiyimana,), Moses Kanamugire, J.C Uwingabire, Michelle Nkurikiye, Eric Nshimiyimana, Venuste Nshimyumukiza, Yousuf Munyakayanza, Patrick Bizimana, Placide Sibomana, Bruce Abijuru, Hegman Ngoma, Emmanuel Habinshuti, Jimmy Kakule, J.M Vianey Rukundo, J.C Iranzi, Abouba Sibomana,Alphonse Mutokambari, Djabil Irankunda, Swaib Nkurunziza and Christian Umukiza.