We should groom the young players

Editor, I am writing to comment on a story that appeared in  Wednesday’s issue of The New Times headlined: “‘Junior Wasps quartet gets Amavubi nod” As a person who has followed the evolution of Rwanda’s football since 1995, I think including only four of the Junior Wasps players that represented us in the just concluded U-17 World Cup is a howler.
Amavubi players during a past international match at Amahoro Stadium. The New Times / File
Amavubi players during a past international match at Amahoro Stadium. The New Times / File

Editor,

I am writing to comment on a story that appeared in  Wednesday’s issue of The New Times headlined: “‘Junior Wasps quartet gets Amavubi nod”

As a person who has followed the evolution of Rwanda’s football since 1995, I think including only four of the Junior Wasps players that represented us in the just concluded U-17 World Cup is a howler.

The last time our senior team appeared in a competitive tournament with the rest of Africa’s elite football nations was in 2004.

Since then, no other Rwandan squad has replicated a similar feat until recently when the junior wasps made it to this year’s finals of the U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

My argument is that, instead of playing the current squad which has players that featured in the 2004 African Cup of Nations , we should instead groom our young players.

With the 2014 World Cup knocking at our doors, it is important to give these young players the chance to gain the necessary experience before the qualifying rounds of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Martin Kanamugire

Rwamagana

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