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The Rwanda national football team represents Rwanda in international football. It is controlled by the Rwandese Association Football Federation, the governing body of football in Rwanda, and competes as a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as well as the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), a CAF sub-confederation that governs football in East and Central Africa. The team bears the nickname Amavubi (Kinyarwanda for The Wasps), and primarily plays its home games at the Stade Amahoro in Kigali, the nation's capital. They have never qualified for a World Cup finals, and reached their first Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.

Rwanda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Amavubi (The Wasps)
AssociationRwandese Association Football Federation
ConfederationCAF
Sub-confederationCECAFA
Head coachVincent Mashami[1]
CaptainHaruna Niyonzima
Most capsHaruna Niyonzima (75)
Top scorerOlivier Karekezi (25)
Home stadiumStade Amahoro
FIFA codeRWA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 133 Increase 3 (25 July 2019)[2]
Highest64 (March 2015)
Lowest178 (July 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 144 Decrease 6 (20 August 2019)[3]
Highest95 (October 2008)
Lowest150 (July 1996)
First international
 Burundi 6–2 Rwanda Rwanda
(Libreville, Gabon; 29 June 1976)
Biggest win
 Rwanda 9–0 Djibouti 
(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 13 December 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Cameroon 5–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Libreville, Gabon; 7 July 1976)
 Zaire 6–1 Rwanda Rwanda
(Gabon; 12 July 1976)
 Tunisia 5–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Tunis, Tunisia; 10 April 1983)
 Uganda 5–0 Rwanda Rwanda
(Kampala, Uganda; 1 August 1998)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage, 2004

Contents

HistoryEdit

Rwanda qualified for its first Africa Cup of Nations in the 2004 edition.[4] At the tournament, they lost their opening match 2–1 to Tunisia before winning their first ever point in the competition after a 1–1 draw against Guinea.[5] Rwanda went on to beat DR Congo in their final group match by a 1–0 scoreline, but it wasn't enough, as elsewhere in the group, Guinea and Tunisia drew, meaning both teams progressed to the quarter-finals, and Rwanda were eliminated.[6]

Team imageEdit

KitEdit

In 2001, after adopting the new flag of Rwanda, The Federation (FERWAFA) changed the color of the team kit. The new team kit consists of a yellow jersey, blue shorts and green socks for home matches, while their away kit is either all white or all blue. Adidas has generally been the manufacturer for the Rwandan team since 2001.[7] However, between 2004 and 2009, Rwanda used L-sport as their outfitter, and in 2015 the side started wearing kit provided by AMS, an emerging Australian supplier.

NamesEdit

Under the official FIFA Trigramme the team's name is abbreviated as RWA; this acronym is used by FIFA, the CAF and the CECAFA to identify the team in official competitions.[8] However the team was more commonly known as the RR, the acronym for the country's official name, Repubulika y'u Rwanda or République du Rwanda, which the local press used when they referred to the team as the RR XI. The national team is often referred to as Amavubi (The Wasps).[9][10]

HonoursEdit

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990 Withdrew Withdrew
  1994 Did not enter Declined participation
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
    2002 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2006 12 2 3 7 10 17
  2010 10 3 2 5 8 11
  2014 8 1 3 4 7 13
  2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 36 6 9 21 29 54

Head coachesEdit

Recent resultsEdit

Current squadEdit

The following squad was selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Ivory Coast on 12 October 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Yves Kimenyi (1996-10-13) 13 October 1996 (age 22) 2 0   APR
16 1GK Abouba Bashunga (1995-11-22) 22 November 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Rayon Sports

2 2DF Emmanuel Imanishimwe (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 24) 2 0   APR
3 2DF Eric Rutanga (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Rayon Sports
13 2DF Fitina Omborenga (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 23) 7 1   APR
14 2DF Salomon Nirisarike (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 26) 16 0   Sint-Truidense V.V.
16 2DF Abdul Rwatubyaye (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 22) 22 1   Colorado Rapids
17 2DF Thierry Manzi (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Rayon Sports
20 2DF Herve Rugwiro (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 24) 0 0   APR

4 3MF Djihad Bizimana (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 22) 18 0   Waasland-Beveren
6 3MF Yannick Mukunzi (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 23) 17 1   Rayon Sport F.C
10 3MF Kevin Muhire (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 20) 2 0   Rayon Sport F.C
12 3MF Jean-Claude Iranzi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 28) 54 3   MFK Topoľčany
16 3MF Andrew Buteera (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 24) 16 0   APR
3MF Steven Rubanguka (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Maasmechelen

5 4FW Meddie Kagere (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 28) 23 12   Simba S.C.
9 4FW Jacques Tuyisenge (1991-09-22) 22 September 1991 (age 27) 17 3   Gor Mahia
18 4FW Danny Usengimana (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Tersana
4FW Trésor Shema (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Torhout

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45234187
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Rwanda's football mercenaries". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Rwanda snatch dramatic point". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Rwanda dumped out". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 January 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Rwanda football shirt 1994 – 1996". oldfootballshirts.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Member Association – Rwanda". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Rwanda football Boss Rallies The Wasps Ahead Of Benin Clash - Goal.com". goal.com. Goal. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Rwanda's Amavumbi Stars invite Uganda Cranes on Feb 6th". starafrica.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

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