Coach Mashami drops trio for DR Congo friendly

Amavubi striker Ernest Sugira (C) takes on Congolese defenders. / File

September 18

DR Congo Vs Rwanda

2020 CHAN Qualifier
September 22

Ethiopia Vs Rwanda

Rwanda coach Vincent Mashami has dropped three players ahead of the upcoming friendly game against DR Congo and the African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier against Ethiopia.

The dropped players are Janvier Benedata (AS Kigali), Eric Ngendahimana (Police), and Kevin Hakizimana (Police).


The Amavubi squad, which comprises only home-based players, will play DR Congo in a friendly match on September 18, at the Stade de Martyrs in Kinshasa, four days before taking on Ethiopia.


“The players are in good physical and mental condition and I have confidence they will give a decent account of themselves,” Mashami told Times Sport on Monday.


On Monday, the team held a light training session at Amahoro Stadium before heading to Kinshasa. The Amavubi will train on Tuesday at Stade des Martyrs ahead of Wednesday’s friendly tie.

The friendly match, only the fourth meeting between Rwanda and DR Congo in 15 years, will be Amavubi’s last warm-up before the team flies to Addis on September 19. Rwanda lead head-to-head record 2-1.

While Rwanda gears up for the double-header against Ethiopia for a ticket to the CHAN 2020, DR Congo will be up against the Central African Republic on a similar mission.

Amavubi Squad

Goalkeepers: Eric Ndayishimiye (AS Kigali), Omar Rwabugiri (APR FC) and Yves Kimenyi (Rayon Sports)

Defenders: Fitina Omborenga (APR), Eric Iradukunda (Rayon Sports), Emmanuel Imanishimwe (APR), Eric Rutanga (Rayon Sports), Thierry Manzi (APR), Ange Mutsinzi (APR), Latif Bishira (AS Kigali) and Aimable Nsabimana (Police).

Midfielders: Andrew Buteera (APR), Eric Nsabimana (AS Kigali), Imran Nshimiyimana (Rayon Sports), Olivier Sefu Niyonzima (APR) Jean Claude Iranzi (APR) and Haruna Niyonzima (AS Kigali).

Forwards: Danny Usengimana (APR), Ernest Sugira (APR), Kevin Ishimwe (APR), Yannick Bizimana (Rayon Sports), Justin Mico (Police) and Djabel Manishimwe (APR).

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