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Favourites Kenya out to dispatch Rwanda in CECAFA tournament

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Favourites Kenya out to dispatch Rwanda in CECAFA tournament

Kenya international Francis Kahata

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 18:30


Kenya will bank on their home ground advantage as they host Rwanda in their Group A match of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge encounter on Sunday.

The Harambee Stars are seen as favourites to retain the trophy and erase their disappointment after losing the rights to host the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

CAF took the hosting rights from the East African nation and handed them to Morocco after their failure to show readiness and provide the necessary infrastructure on time.

However, hosting Rwanda means coach Paul Put will hope to bring smiles back to their fans’ faces come Sunday as their mission is to reach the semi-finals.

Kenya have won the regional tournament six times and finished in the final on seven occasions – the mission for Put is start his tenure with a trophy.

Looking at Rwanda’s Amavubi, their mission is to stun their hosts and claim the full three points to boost their semi-final aspirations.

Rwanda have bagged the CECAFA trophy once and will want to register their second gold medal as they will meet Kenya.

On the other hand, the Antoine Hey-coached side will want to go all the way to the final and erase their disappointments after finishing as number two on six occasions.

The match will be staged at Moi Stadium in Kisumu and get underway at 15:00 (CAT).

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Rwanda FA president dismisses corruption talk

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 14:30


President of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Vincent Nzamwita has denied that he embezzled money belonging to the Federation.

Speaking to AfricanFootball.com on Monday, Nzamiwta, who will be seeking re-election for another term in office, said although some of his executive members are pointing fingers at him, he is an open leader who has changed football in Rwanda.

The Federation Vice president Vedaste Kayiranga and FA lawyer Emmanuel Ndagijimana three days ago asked Nzamwita to explain the irregulatities on the US$100,000 sent by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).

Nzamwita was given an ultimatum to account by August 29th. The members said the FA President misused the funds, also failing to clear taxes due to the Rwanda Tax Authorities.

“I have not misappropriated any money, I sent a request to the federation Finance Manager to deposit US$20,000 on my personal account because it is the money which was promised by CAF as bonus for each president of the member federations. And that is what was done,” he explained.

Although Nzamwita is credited for achieving several aspects to change Rwanda Football including hosting the 2016 CHAN and signing several MOU’s with the Moroccan FA, Germany FA and also on-going construction of a modern hotel to help generate finances for the FA, many also think he has under scored in certain aspects like youth development programmes.

But Nzamwita thinks with the many relationships he has created with the new CAF and FIFA leadership and programmes laid down for the next four years, Rwanda Football will keep getting better. Rwanda is also preparing to bid to host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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Rwanda win, but not going to CHAN 2018

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Rwanda win, but not going to CHAN 2018

Yannick Mukunzi of Rwanda

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 18:36


Rwanda beat Uganda 2-0 in the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Nations Championships qualifying tie at Stade Régional de Nyamirambo in Kigali on Saturday.

Despite the victory, Rwanda have failed to qualify for the 2018 CHAN.

The Amavubi have lost the two legged-affair 3-2 on aggregate and they have failed to book a spot at the tournament in Kenya next year.

Goals through Thierry Manzi and Yannick Mukunzi ensured the Amavubi claimed a convincing win in front of their home crowd, but it was not enough.

Mukunzi netted for the hosts in the eighth minute as he raised their hopes of avenging their 3-0 loss in Kampala last week.

As they dominated the proceedings in search of a second goal, Manzi found the back of the net in the 15th minute making it 2-0.

It was 2-0 at the interval in favour of the hosts, but they failed to penetrate Uganda’s solid defence as the score remained unchanged to full time.

In the wake of the result, the Cranes are now through to the tournament set for next year and Antoine Hey’s men are out of the race.

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Uganda name squad for Rwanda clash – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 17:00


As they finalise their preparations for their 2018 CAF African nations Championships Qualifiers clash against Rwanda, Uganda coach Moses Basena has announced the squad to face Amavubi.

The Cranes head to Kigali at the back of a 3-0 win at home in the first leg and will now hope to secure a spot at the tournament in Kenya.

Skipper Bernard Muwanga has promised to command his team to glory against the Amavubi so as to feature at the CHAN 2018 in Kenya.

“The captain is a commander, and the commander is rated after the war. Therefore I’m looking forward to be rated the best after this war against Rwanda” Muwanga told FUFA website.

Muwanga insists that there is no need to sit back and relax because of the 3-0 lead in Kampala whilst Basena stated that they will not take Rwanda lightly.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ismael Watenga, Benjamin Ochan

Outfield players: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Deus Bukenya, Isaac Muleme, Martin Kizza, Bernard Muwanga, Timothy Awany, Paul Musamali, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shafic Kagimu, Tom Masiko, Paul Mucureezi, Milton Karisa, Simon Serukuma, Moses Waiswa, Erisa Ssekisambu and Derrick Nsibambi

The encounter is set to be staged on Saturday at Kigali Regional Stadium, Nyamirambo getting underway at 16:00 (CAT).

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Uganda’s interim coach happy with Rwanda win – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 19:30


Uganda interim coach Moses Basena has expressed relief after their 3-0 win over Rwanda this past weekend.

The Cranes cruised to a convincing win at home in their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship first leg qualifier in Kampala.

Kampala Capital City Authority midfielder, Muzamiru Mutyaba notched a brace and Derrick Nsibambi wrapped up business for the side.

Speaking after the match, Basena expressed the desire to first bury off the game in Rwanda than to celebrate so early.

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“This is just the first half of the two matches. The second and most decisive match will be played in Kigali next week,” said Basena to Kawowo Sports.

“I therefore call upon the players to stay focused because it is work half done.

“We could have scored more than the goals we finished with. Well, we created the chances but there is need to be more clinical in front of goal.”

Basena’s partner Fred Kajoba, added that they explained to the players what they wanted from the clash against Amavubi.

“We were up to the task. The players knew exactly what they wanted from the word go,” adds Kajoba.

“We met each player personally and explained to him the significance of this game to each personally, the team and the entire country. They listened and worked for it.

“We shall continue to work hard because we still have 3 more games to play this month. Each of the matches means a lot to any of us on the team.”

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Muzamiru Mutyaba brace hands Uganda big advantage over Rwanda

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Muzamiru Mutyaba brace hands Uganda big advantage over Rwanda

Erisa Ssekisambu and Muzamiru Mutyaba of Uganda

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Brian Lee

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 17:21


A brace from Muzamiru Mutyaba helped Uganda to an impressive 3-0 win over Rwanda in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kampala on Saturday afternoon.

Uganda controlled the flow of play from the onset and opened the scoring in the 14th minute courtesy of a penalty strike from Muzamiru Mutyaba, 1-0.

The home side continued to pile on the pressure and added to the scoreline ten minutes later when Muzamiru Mutyaba found his second goal of the game, 2-0.

Rwanda tried to find their way back into the game before the break, but they were unable to sustain any period of possession and consequently were unable to create goal scoring chances.

Uganda took a two goal lead into the break.

The second half started much similar to the first with Uganda finding their third goal in the 51st minute thanks to Bernard Muwanga who found the back of the net with a clinical finish, 3-0.

Uganda took their foot off the pedal after that and cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Rwanda will have a lot to do in the return leg of this third round tie which will be held at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali next Saturday, August 19.

The winner of this two-leg qualifier will take part in CHAN 2019 in Kenya.

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Rwanda edge Tanzania to set up Uganda showdow

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Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 17:38


Rwanda will take on Uganda in the final round of 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Central East Zone qualifiers, following an aggregate win over Tanzania.

The Wasps were held to a goalless draw by the Taifa Stars in a second round, second-leg clash at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo, but advance following a favourable result in Mwanza.

The first-leg in Tanzania ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Rwanda were made to defend tirelessly in the final exchanges of the second-leg clash in Kigali, but did just about enough to see home an aggregate victory.

As a result of their aggregate win, the 2016 CHAN hosts will take on Uganda for a place in next year’s showpiece – to be held in Kenya.

The Cranes booked their place in the final round of qualifying following a 5-1 thumping of South Sudan earlier today.

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Rwanda in pole position ahead of Tanzania CHAN showdown

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Baba Rahman(L) of Ghana Hakizinnya Muhadjiri (R)of Rwanda during the 2017 African Cup of National Qualifiers playing on 3rd September 2016 in Accra Ghana between Ghana and Rwanda ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 14:00


Tanzania will have to up their game if they are to seal their place in the third round, Central-East Zone qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) following a 1-1 draw in Mwanza a week ago.

The Taifa Stars were held at home by a determined Rwanda outfit in the reverse fixture and the Wasps will fancy their chances at home.

Kick-off in the fixture scheduled to take place at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali, is set for 15h30 CAT on Saturday.

Uganda referee Brian Miiro will take charge of the clash.

Dominique Nshuti scored the vital away goal for Rwanda before Himid Mao pulled the two teams level.

The aggregate winner of the tie will face either South Sudan or Uganda in the final phase of qualifiers. The tournament will be staged in Kenya next year.

Rwanda hosted the 2016 showpiece, losing to eventual champions Democratic Republic of Congo in the quarterfinals after topping their group.

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Tanzania, Rwanda play to 1-1 draw

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 17:28


Tanzania and Rwanda have played to a 1-1 draw in their second round, Central-East Zone qualifier for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday.

The match at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza ended all square after 90 minutes, leaving the tie very much in the balance ahead of the return leg at Stade Regionale Nyamirambo in Kigali next weekend.

The Wasps claimed the lead – and a potentially vital away goal – in the 20th minute when Dominique Nshuti found the back of the net.

However, a few minutes before the break, the Taifa Stars hit back to level the game at 1-1 through Himid Mao.

The aggregate winner of the tie will face either South Sudan or Uganda in the final phase of qualifiers.

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Tanzania, Rwanda set for Mwanza showdown

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Himid Mkami of Tanzania challenged by Diamond Chikwekwe of Zambia during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 13:30


Tanzania and Rwanda will meet in the first leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Central-east Zone, second round qualifier on Saturday afternoon at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

Tanzania, known as the Taifa Stars, appeared at the first CHAN tournament in the Ivory Coast in 2009, but have not qualified for the finals since. Their attempt to reach the 2016 edition ended in the preliminary round when they were beaten 4-1 on aggregate by Uganda.

The Taifa Stars come into the match having participated as a guest team at the 2017 Cosafa Cup in South Africa, where they finished top of their group and ended up winning the bronze medals.

Rwanda, known as the Wasps, have appeared at two CHAN tournaments – 2011 when they were eliminated in the group stage and 2016 when they reached the quarterfinals as hosts.

The Wasps were last in action when they stumbled to a 2-1 defeat away to Central African Republic in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last month.

Tanzania and Rwanda have met in 14 previous matches, according to FIFA’s statistics. Each side has claimed six wins, while two matches ended in draws. The teams’ most recent clash saw Rwanda win 2-0 in a friendly in Kigali in June 2015.

The return leg is set for Kigali next weekend. The winners will face either South Sudan or Uganda in the third round.

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