CAF U-23 / Olympic Qualifier:

Uganda Kobs Vs Rwanda U-23 – Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium

Sat, 30th May 2015 (4:30 p.m)

[Uganda leads 2-1 on aggregate]

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Rwanda’s interim head coach, Vincent Mashami has named the Rwanda Under 23 final 18 players set to face the Kobs at the Nakivubo war memorial stadium on Saturday.

Mashami is deputizing Irish born national, Johnny McKinstry who left for Europe to accomplish his UEFA Pro coaching course.

Whereas Kinstry will closely monitor the game proceedings on the social media (Kawowo Sports inclusive), his assistants; Emmanuel Ruremesha and the goal keeping aid, Mugisha will be at Nakivubo stadium to physically plan for the team.

Mashami has called for a few surprise tough decisions on the team.

Team Composition:

The team has 2 goal keepers, 6 defenders, 7 midfielders and 3 strikers.

Calamity goal keeper, Olivier Kwezira fails to make the Kampala trip in one of the major changes called to the team.

It will therefore take a dice throw for selection between Police’s Marcel Nzarora or Marines’s Gahungu Habarurema on who will start in the goal posts at Nakivubo stadium.

Sun Rise F.C’s Vedaste Niyibizi who had been drifted in to replace injured Maxime Sekamana, fails to make cut to Kampala  for the traveling contingent.

Perhaps, Marines F.C’s Bienvenue Mugenzi has been named among the three natural forwards on the team alongside Isaie Songa (AS Kigali) and Antoine Ndayishimiye (Gicumbi FC).

The duo played varying integral roles for the team during the home clash in Kigali.

Uganda’s Micho has kept his cards close to the chest but he will most likely name his best 18 in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Uganda carries a 2-1 aggregate win after team captain Faruku Miya and Muzamiru Mutyaba’s goals with the Rwandan strike coming off Xavio Nshuti’s header.

The winner on aggregate will play Egypt next month for a slot to the Senegal Africa U-23 championship that will take place in late November to December 2015.

The three top finishers qualify directly to represent Africa at the prestigious Olympic games in Brazil.

The fourth placed team in Senegal will play a qualification play – off with another country from Asia.

Rwanda Arrival:

The team of 18 players and 5 officials will touch down at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday evening aboard Rwanda Airlines and will train at Nakivubo stadium on Friday (at exact time of the match – 4:30 p.m) for only one hour.

They (Rwanda) confirmed to reach Entebbe by 17:00 hours with Rwanda Air

FUFA acting CEO, Decolas Kizza, seating in for Edgar Watson who traveled to Switzerland with Federation president Moses Magogo and first vice president, Justus Mugisha for the FIFA 65th congress that will also have much awaited voting on Friday.

Rwanda Team:

Goal Keepers:

  • Marcel Nzarora (Police FC), Gahungu Habarurema (Marines FC)


  • Michel Rusheshangoga (APR FC), Fitina Ombalenga (Kiyovu Sports), Emery Bayisenge (APR FC) Abdoul Rwatubyaye (APR FC), Faustin Usengimana (Rayon Sports), Celestin Ndayishimye (Mukura VS)


  • Djihad Bizimana (Rayon Sports),  Yannick Mukunzi (APR FC), Robert Ndatimana (Rayon Sports),  Kevin Muhire (Isonga),  Xavio Nshuti (Isonga), Bonfils Kabanda (ASD Sangiovannese), Andrew Buteera (APR FC)

Strikers: Isaie Songa (AS Kigali), Bienvenue Mugenzi (Marines FC), Antoine Ndayishimiye (Gicumbi FC)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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