As coach Tetteh calls nation to be patient
2012 Nations Qualifier
Ivory Coast vs Rwanda
Benin vs Burundi
RWANDA’s national football team, the Amavubi Stars leave for West Africa this morning ahead of Saturday’s 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Ivory Coast.
The 29-man delegation which is composed of 20 players and nine officials departed at 4.00am aboard RwandAir before reconnecting to Western African town were they are scheduled to arrive at 2pm (CAT).
Before departure, Coach Sellas Tetteh called on Rwandans to be patient and support the national team.
“This is a difficult game that we are going to play. We will be playing a highly respectable side but we hope to come up with a positive result.
“It is just patience that will get us through these qualifiers and enable the country to build and elevate its football standards,” said Tetteh.
He added, “We have had a good training period and I have confidence in this team. Our aim is to play a victorious game and let’s wait for what will be delivered.”
Tetteh will be boosted by the availability Jean Baptista Mugiraneza a.k.a Migi who has been allowed by FC Koln to feature for Amavubi stars on Saturday.
Migi traveled to Germany last week for a two-week professional trial at the Bundesliga side and was expected to miss the away qualifier.
Migi is now expected to man Amavubi’s midfield which also includes stand-in captain Haruna Niyonzima, Louis Aniweta and Jean Claude Iranzi.
Tetteh didn’t make many changes from the team which qualified for next year’s Africa Nations Championship final which will be held in Sudan but new faces like junior players namely Kipson Atuheire, Bienfait Kabanda, Tumaine Ntamuhanga, Anwar Kibaya and goalie Evariste Mutuyimana made it to the team which travel to Ivory Coast.
The 2012 event will be jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Rwanda Team: Jean Luc Ndayishimiye, Evariste Mutuyimana, Albert Ngabo, Anwar Kibaya, Donatien Tuyizere, Didier Kapet, Ismael Nshutiyamagara, Louis Aniweta, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Tumaine Ntamuhanga, Haruna Niyonzima, Jean Claude Iranzi, Jerome Sina, Jamal Mwiseneza, Dady Birori, Roger Tchouassi, Kipson Atuheire, Bienfait Kabanda, Aimable Rucogoza and Sadou Boubakary.