Eric Nshimiyimana

Eric Nshimiyimana (born 8 May 1972) is a Rwandan football coach and former player. He currently coaches Rwanda National Football League side A.S. Kigali.

Eric Nshimiyimana
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-05-08) 8 May 1972 (age 49)
Place of birth Bujumbura, Burundi
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
A.S. Kigali (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Prince Louis
1995–1998 APR
1999 Kiyovu Sports
2000–2005 APR
National team
1996–2004 Rwanda
Teams managed
2008 A.S. Kigali
2009–2010 Rwanda
2013–2014 Rwanda
2014 Kiyovu Sports
2014–2018 A.S. Kigali
2019– A.S. Kigali
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Born in Bujumbura in Burundi, Nshimiyimana played as a midfielder for Prince Louis, APR and Kiyovu Sports.[1]

He played for the Rwandan national team between 1996 and 2004,[1] appearing in four FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for them.[2] He was a squad member at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Nshimiyimana managed A.S. Kigali in 2008.[4]

Nshimiyimana became an assistant coach for the Rwandan national team in April 2008, working Raoul Shungu to assist manager Branko Tucak.[5] When Tucak was sacked in November 2009, Nshimiyimana became interim manager of the national team.[6] He was re-appointed manager in 2013; in April 2014 the Rwandan Football Association announced an 8-man shortlist to replace him after his contract expired on 30 June.[7]

In June 2014 he was linked with the role of Kiyovu Sports manager,[8] and he was appointed to the job in July 2014 ahead of the 2014–15 season.[9][10]

He moved to coach A.S. Kigali later that month,[4] being sacked by the club in October 2018.[11] He returned to the club for a third time in July 2019.[12] In December 2019 he was said to be close to being sacked,[13] but in July 2020 he was offered a new contract by the club.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Eric Nshimiyimana". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  2. ^ Eric NshimiyimanaFIFA competition record (archived)
  3. ^ "Rwanda name finals squad". BBC Sport. 14 January 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b "AS Kigali sign Nshimiyimana as new coach". The New Times | Rwanda. 16 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Tucak appointed Rwanda coach". BBC Sport. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Rwanda sack Croatian coach Tucak". BBC Sport. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ Andrew Jackson Oryada (25 April 2014). "Ratomir Dujkovic on shortlist for Rwanda coach position". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Kiyovu interested in Nshimiyimana". The New Times | Rwanda. 21 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Nshimiyimana named as SC Kiyovu coach". The New Times | Rwanda. 8 July 2014.
  10. ^ Peter Kamasa (8 July 2014). "Rwanda: Nshimiyimana Named As SC Kiyovu Coach". Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  11. ^ "AS Kigali part ways with Nshimiyimana". The New Times | Rwanda. 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Coach Eric Nshimiyimana Surprising Returns To AS Kigali". 18 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Why AS Kigali's Nshimiyimana is next in the sack race". The New Times | Rwanda. 6 December 2019.
  14. ^ Sikubwabo, Damas (24 July 2020). "Rwanda: Eric Nshimiyimana Set for New One-Year Contract At As Kigali".