Instead of facing Rwanda, the Taifa Stars of Tanzania will play against Malawi in the international build up game scheduled for February 6 in Dar es Salaam.
The Ferwafa Chief Executive Officer, Jules Kalisa confirmed this development saying that TFF sent a late fax on Monday evening informing Ferwafa of a change in schedule.
“TFF has postponed our friendly game until March 26 meaning that Rwanda will not play against Taifa Stars on February 6 as it had been scheduled,” Kalisa said. Kalisa said that Amavubi Stars are likely to travel to Burundi for a friendly on February 6.
“Burundi seems is ready to host us (Rwanda) in Bujumbura,” Kalisa added. Meanwhile, a 22-man squad started residential training yesterday at Nyamirambo stadium ahead of the Burundi friendly.
However, no professional player has been summoned to join the squad.
Rwanda who are grouped with Morocco, Mauritania and Ethiopia begin their qualification campaign on May 31 against Mauritania before playing Ethiopia on June 7 and the Atlas Lions a week later.
On June 21, Rwanda will head to Rabat for a return leg against Morocco, on September 7; Rwanda will travel to Mauritania for the second leg before winding up the campaign with a home game against Ethiopia on October 12. Meanwhile, former Atraco striker Athumani Machupa has been recalled to the Taifa Stars team.
Tanzania will test themselves against Malawi, a team they lost to in the 2008 Nations Cup qualifier.