Rwanda national football team

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Rwanda
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Nickname(s) Amavubi (The Wasps)
Association Rwanda Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East Africa)
Head coach Vincent Mashami [1]
Captain Jacques Tuyisenge
Most caps Haruna Niyonzima (107)
Top scorer Olivier Karekezi (24)
Home stadium Stade Amahoro, Nyamirambo Regional Stadium
FIFA code RWA
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 127 Increase2.svg 2 (12 August 2021) [2]
Highest64 (March 2015)
Lowest178 (July 1999)
First international
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 6–2 Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg
(Libreville, Gabon; 29 June 1976)
Biggest win
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda 9–0 Djibouti  Flag of Djibouti.svg
(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 13 December 2007)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 5–0 Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg
(Libreville, Gabon; 7 July 1976)
Flag of Zaire (1971-1997).svg  Zaire 6–1 Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg
(Gabon; 12 July 1976)
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg  Tunisia 5–0 Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg
(Tunis, Tunisia; 10 April 1983)
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 5–0 Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg
(Kampala, Uganda; 1 August 1998)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2004 )
Best resultGroup stage, 2004

The Rwanda national football team represents Rwanda in international football and 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.

History

Rwanda qualified for its first Africa Cup of Nations in the 2004 edition. [3] 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. [4] 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. [5]

Team image

Kit

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. [6] 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.

Names

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. [7] 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). [8] [9]

Recent results

2020

12 November 2020 (2020-11-12) 2021 AFCONQ Cape Verde  Flag of Cape Verde.svg0–0Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda Praia, Cape Verde
15:00  UTC−1 Report Stadium: Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde
Referee: Daniel Laryea (Ghana)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2021 AFCONQ Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda.svg0–0Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde Kigali, Rwanda
19:00  UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stade Régional Nyamirambo
Referee: Andofetra Rakotojaona (Madagascar)

2021

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2021 AFCONQ Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda.svg1–0Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique Kigali, Rwanda
15:00  UTC+2 Byiringiro Soccerball shade.svg 70' Report Stadium: Stade Régional Nyamirambo
Referee: Issa Sy (Senegal)
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2021 AFCONQ Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg0–0Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda Douala, Cameroon
20:00  UTC+1 Report Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Ali Moussa (Niger)
4 June 2021 FIFA Friendly Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda.svg2–0Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic Kigali
16:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stade Amahoro
Referee: Anthony Ogwayo (Kenya)
31 August 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Mali  Flag of Mali.svgvFlag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda Mali
4 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda.svgvFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Rwanda
10 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda.svgvFlag of Mali.svg  Mali Rwanda
13 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svgvFlag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda Kenya

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Eric Ndayishimiye (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 33)640 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
1 GK Clement Twizere Buhake (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Norway.svg Strømmen

2 DF Eric Iradukunda (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 31)150 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police
2 DF Ange Mutsinzi (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 23)80 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
2 DF Salomon Nirisarike (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 27)250 Flag of Armenia.svg FC Urartu
2 DF Bryan Ngwabije (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of France.svg SC Lyon
2 DF Eric Rutanga (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 28)141 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police
2 DF Abdul Rwatubyaye (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 24)261 Flag of North Macedonia.svg Shkupi

3 MF Denis Rukundo (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 24)00 Flag of Uganda.svg Police FC
3 MF Samuel Gueulette (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Roeselare
3 MF Alain Kwitonda 00 Flag of Rwanda.svg Bugesera
3 MF Djabel Manishimwe (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 23)120 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
3 MF Olivier Niyonzima (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28)181 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
3 MF Evode Ntwari 00 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police
3 MF Jean Bosco Ruboneka 00 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR

4 FW Lague Byiringiro (2000-10-25) 25 October 2000 (age 20)41 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
4 FW Bertrand Iradukunda (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 24)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg Gasogi United
4 FW Yves Mugunga (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
4 FW Innocent Nshuti (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 23)72 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
4 FW Jacques Tuyisenge (1991-09-22) 22 September 1991 (age 29)5215 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Rwanda in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Yves Kimenyi (1992-10-13) 13 October 1992 (age 28)130 Flag of Rwanda.svg Kiyovu Sports
GK Olivier Kwizera (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 26)170 Flag of Rwanda.svg Rayon Sports
GK Emery Mvuyekure (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 32)10 Flag of Kenya.svg Tusker

DF Emery Bayisenge (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 (age 27)481 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
DF Emmanuel Imanishimwe (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 26)250 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
DF Thierry Manzi (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 25)283 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
DF Fitina Omborenga (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 25)471 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
DF Hassan Rugirayabo 00 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
DF Faustin Usengimana (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 27)310 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police

MF Muhadjiri Hakizimana (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 27)225 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
MF Kévin Muhire (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 22)140 Flag of Oman.svg Saham Club
MF Yannick Mukunzi (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 25)374 Flag of Sweden.svg Sandviken
MF Eric Ngendahimana (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 31)10 Flag of Rwanda.svg Kiyovu Sports
MF Haruna Niyonzima (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 31)1056 Flag of Tanzania.svg Young Africans
MF Steve Rubanguka (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 24)00 Flag of Greece.svg Karaiskakis
MF Bosco Ruboneka 00 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR
MF Martin Twizeyimana (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 24)20 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police

FW Osée Iyabivuze (1995-04-15) 15 April 1995 (age 26)30 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police
FW Meddie Kagere (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 34)4615 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba
FW Dominique Savio Nshuti (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24)312 Flag of Rwanda.svg Police
FW Ernest Sugira (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 30)3012 Flag of Rwanda.svg Rayon Sports
FW Danny Usengimana (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 25)120 Flag of Rwanda.svg APR

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Player records

As of 30 March 2021 [10]
Players in bold are still active with Rwanda.

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934
Flag of France.svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970
Flag of Germany.svg 1974
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978
Flag of Spain.svg 1982
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of France.svg 1998 Did not qualify200215
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 201124
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 122371017
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 10325811
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 8134713
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 200214
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
Total0/213669212954

CECAFA Cup record

CECAFA Cup
Appearances: 21
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uganda.svg 1973 Did not enter
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1974
Flag of Zambia.svg 1975
Flag of Zanzibar.svg 1976
Flag of Somalia.svg 1977
Flag of Malawi.svg 1978
Flag of Kenya.svg 1979 Group stage6th201115
Flag of Sudan.svg 1980 Champions1st430152
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1981 Group stage7th302124
Flag of Uganda.svg 1982 6th200203
Flag of Kenya.svg 1983 5th421143
Flag of Uganda.svg 1984 Did not enter
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg 1985
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 1987
Flag of Malawi.svg 1988
Flag of Kenya.svg 1989
Flag of Zanzibar.svg 1990 Runners-up2nd421153
Flag of Uganda.svg 1991 Fourth place4th401339
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1992 Did not enter
Flag of Kenya.svg 1994
Flag of Uganda.svg 1995
Flag of Sudan.svg 1996 Third place3rd412166
Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg 1999 Quarter-finals8th302114
Flag of Uganda.svg 2000 Did not enter
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2001
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2002 Group stage6th411245
Flag of Sudan.svg 2003 Fourth place4th421182
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2004 Third place3rd5311116
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2005 Group stage6th4202712
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2006 Champions1st623174
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2007 1st523086
Flag of Uganda.svg 2008 Group stage6th412132
Flag of Kenya.svg 2009 Did not enter
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2010 Group stage10th301205
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2011 Third place3rd633063
Flag of Uganda.svg 2012 Group stage9th310213
Flag of Kenya.svg 2013 Runners-up2nd640284
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2015 Fourth place4th621374
Flag of Kenya.svg 2017 Did not enter
Flag of Uganda.svg 2019
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2021
Total3 Titles21/39863127338761

Honours

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