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Mashami confirmed as Amavubi coach, calls 32 players for Cote d’Ivoire Afcon tie

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Kigali: Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) has confirmed Mashami Vincent as the next head coach of Rwanda Men’s senior football team for a period of one-year.

The announcement was made on Monday afternoon after finalizing contractual process with the Ministry of Sports and Culture alongside FERWAFA.

Mashami who has been given a one-year renewable contract will be assisted by Jimmy Mulisa and Seninga Innocent as the first and second assistant coaches respectively.

The other members on the technical team include Higiro Thomas (Goalkeeper Coach), Niyintunze Jean Paul (Fitness Coach), Rutayisire Jackson (Team Manager), Rutamu Patrick (Physio), Nuhu Asouman (Physio), Peter Baziki (Kit Manager) and Munyaneza Jacques (Assistant Kit Manager).

An excited Mashami said, “It is a great feeling and a great honour for me to be in this position. Today is a memorable day and I would like to thank the FA and all concerned parties for believing in me and I also want to thank a long list of former Amavubi coaches for having me on board and sharing their experience with me,”

He further added, “I am therefore excited and I can’t wait to get on the field with the players as we prepare for the upcoming fixtures. Together with everyone, our objective is to qualify for 2019 AFCON,”

Mashami replaces German Antoine Hey who left his position after Rwanda’s exit at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

A former coach of Rwanda Premier League Champions APR FC, Mashami was also assistant coach of the national team to Johnathan McKinstry.

He has also managed the national team at youth, junior and Olympic level and is expected to start work immediately.

Mashami summoned 32 players who will be engaged in intensive preparations to help him pick a solid team which will face Cote d’Ivoire in a second Group H game set to be played on September 9 at Stade de Kigali.

The provisional squad consists of nine professional player namely; goalkeeper Kwizera Olivier (Free State Stars, South Africa), defending duo of Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize, Belgium) and Usengimana Faustin (Khitan Sport Club, Kuwait), midfielder trio of Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), Haruna Niyonzima (Simba SC, Tanzania) and Sibomana Patrick (FC Shakhtyor, Belarus) and attacking trio of Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Jack Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya) and Usengimana Dany (Tersana FC, Egypt) respectively.

The summoned players composed mainly of local players are expected to join camp at La Palisse Hotel, Nyamata on Tuesday evening ready to begin intensive preparations on Wednesday at Stade de Kigali. The foreign-based players will join camp five days before the game as mandated by FIFA.

Rwanda lost the opening game against Central Africa Republic away in Bangui losing 1-2 in June this year.

Group leaders Guinea also stunned the 2015 champions Ivory Coast 3-2 in Abidjan. Ivory Coast and Rwanda are third and fourth, respectively, without a point. (End)


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