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Rwanda Head Coach Reveals Squad to Face Mauritius

Rwanda coach Johnny McKinstry has summoned a 26-man provisional list ahead of the AFCON 2017 qualifiers double-header against Mauritius later this month.

The Northern Irish tactician has included six foreign-based players including captain Haruna Niyonzima (Yanga), Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza (Azam), Abouba Sibomana (Gor Mahia), Elias Uzamukunda (Le Mans, France), Quentin Rushenguziminega(Lausanne Sport, Switzerland) and Salomon Nirisarike (St. Truiden, Belgium).

McKinstry said, “It is only six weeks since the end of Chan and it is good to be bringing the team together once again for two very important Afcon 2017 qualifiers with Mauritius.”

“Following the good performances in Chan, many of the stand-out performers from the tournament have retained their places in the squad.”

“In addition to this we have added a number of other players who have showed good form since the resumption of the Rwanda Premier League.”

“Of course we also welcome back our players based abroad in leagues around Africa and Europe, and I am looking forward to the high level of competition we expect to have in camp.”

“Looking at the games against Mauritius, we expect two tough encounters. Make no mistake about it; Mauritius will fight for every ball over the two games. In 2015, they gained credible draws against both Togo and Burundi, while also claiming victories against the Seychelles and a very talented Mozambique team,”

Amavubi will head to Mauritius on March 24 aboard a chartered flight and will immediately depart for Kigali after the game on March 26 at Anjalay Stadium in Belle-Vue before the return leg in Kigali on March 29.

Rwanda provisional squad,

Goalkeepers: Eric Ndayishimiye (Rayon Sports), Olivier Kwizera (APR), Marcel Nzarora (Police) and Andre Mazimpaka (Mukura VS)

Defenders: Michel Rusheshangoga (APR Fc), Fitina Omborenga (Kiyovu), Celestin Ndayishimiye (Mukura), Abouba Sibomana (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Soter Kayumba (AS Kigali), Abdul Rwatubyaye (APR), Emery Bayisenge (APR) and Salomon Nirisarike (St. Truiden, Belgium)

Midfielders: Yannick Mukunzi (APR), Djihad Bizimana (APR), Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza (Azam, Tanzania), Amran Nshimiyimana (Police),Haruna Niyonzima (Young Africans, Tanzania), Dominique Savio Nshuti (Rayon Sports), Innocent Habyarimana (Police), Jean Claude Iranzi (APR), Yussufu Habimana (Mukura VS)and Muhadjiri Hakizimana (Mukura)

Forwards: Ernest Sugira (AS Kigali), Quentin Kwame Rushenguziminega (Laussane Sport, Switzerland), Elias Uzamukunda (Le Mans, France) and Dany Usengimana (Police)

By Robert Muriisa, Supersport.

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