Rwanda vs Ivory Coast
Benin vs Burundi
APR and Amavubi first choice goalkeeper Jean Luc Ndayishimiye a.k.a Bakame is the latest player to pull out of training ahead of next month’s crucial 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Ivory Coast.
The shot-stopper is down with malaria but team doctor Assuman Nuhu remains confident about the player’s availability for the Group H tie slated for September 3 in Kigali.
“Bakame is responding well to treatment and we are optimistic that he will be available for the Ivory Coast match,” he said.
With Eric Nahayo back to full fitness after recovering from an ankle injury, Bakame joins Abouba Sibomana and Emery Bayisenge on the sidelines.
“Sibomana (thigh injury) and Bayisenge (calf injury) are still out and it’s hard to speculate about their return date,” Nuhu added.
Rwanda find themselves in a difficult position after losing three; Ivory Coast (0-3), Benin (0-3) and Burundi (1-3), of their opening four qualifiers.
With three points to their name, the wasps lie at the bottom of the group, a point adrift of Benin and Burundi and nine short of the Elephants, who are already through after a run of four successive wins.
To sneak through, Rwanda need to win their remaining games (Ivory Coast and Benin) and pray that results in the other group ties (Ivory Coast vs Burundi and Benin and Burundi) go their way.
The 2012 Nations Cup will be jointly held by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.