Uganda U-20 vs Rwanda U-20
Rwanda U-20 national team head coach Jean Baptiste Kayiranga has summoned Ugandan-based striker Laurent Iradukunda and Sunrise FC forward Vedaste Niyibizi to boost his squad ahead of the second leg of the CAF U-20 qualifiers against Uganda slated for Saturday in Kampala.
The Junior Wasps started residential training on Sunday. Kayiranga’s side is scheduled to depart for Kampala on Thursday night for the match that will be staged at Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Video: Rwanda U-20 team start preps ahead of 2nd leg against Uganda. Source: The New Times/YouTube.
Iradukunda, who plays for Ugandan Super League champions, Vipers’ junior team and Niyibizi, the Sunrise FC striker, are expected to boost the Junior Wasps’ striking force as Rwanda seeks to qualify to the next round, according to the coach.
“We need to be ready for the second leg. We have started intensive training, and I believe we will be on top of our game against Uganda,” Kayiranga said on Monday.
The duo joined camp on Sunday at La Palisse Hotel in Nyandungu and trained with the rest of the provisional squad on Monday at Amahoro stadium.
The first leg played at the Kigali Regional stadium two weeks ago, ended in a 1-all draw. Blaise Itangishaka scored for the home side before Edrisa Lubega equalised for visitors.
The winner between these two sides will meet Egypt at home in the second round on the weekend of May 20-22 for the first leg before playing in Egypt on the weekend of June 10-12.
Seven teams will qualify to join hosts Zambia for the tournament next year from February 26-March 12.
Rwanda U20 provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Jimmy Djihad Nzeyurwanda (Isonga), Bonheur Hategekimana (SC Kiyovu) and Heritier Ahishakiye (Bugesera Fc)
Defenders: Ndikumana Patrick (Rwamagana City Fc), Niyonkuru Aman (Bugesera Fc), Mutsinzi Ange (AS Muhanga), Sibomana Arafati (Amagaju Fc), Mitima Isaac (Etoile de l’est), Mutangana Derrick (Rwamagana City Fc), Niyigena Abdoukarim (Kirehe FC), Ntakirutimana Jean de Dieu (Pepiniere), Ahoyikuye Jean Paul (Nyagatare Fc), Ruboneka Jean Bosco (Etoile de l’est), Ngabo Mucyo Fredy (AS Muhanga) and Nsabimana Aimable(Marines)
Midfielders: Itangishaka Blaise (Marines), Bonane Janvier (Isonga Fc), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports), Yamini Salum (SC Kiyovu ), Ntirushwa Aime (Interforce), Savio Dominique Nshuti (Rayon Sports) and Jabel Manishimwe (Rayon Sports).