Rwanda women's national football team

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Rwanda
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Nickname(s) She-Amavubi
(The She-Wasps)
Association Rwandese Association Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coach Jean-Baptiste Kayiranga
Captain Gloria Nibagwire
Top scorer Alice Niyoyita
Jeanne Nyirahatashima
Clementine Mukamana (1)
Home stadium Stade Régional Nyamirambo
FIFA code RWA
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First colours
FIFA ranking
Current 150 Steady2.svg (20 August 2021) [1]
Highest108 (March 2017)
Lowest150 (April 2021)
First international
Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda 1–0 Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
(Kigali, Rwanda; 16 February 2014)
Biggest win
Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda 1–0 Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
(Kigali, Rwanda; 16 February 2014)
Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda 1–0 Tanzania  Flag of Tanzania.svg
(Kigali, Rwanda; 19 July 2018)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 8–0 Rwanda Flag of Rwanda.svg
(Kaduna, Nigeria; 7 June 2014)

The Rwanda women's national football team represents Rwanda in women's association football and is controlled by the Rwandese Association Football Federation. It had to date been scheduled to compete in one major tournament, the inaugural Women's Challenge Cup held in Zanzibar in October 2007, but the event was ultimately canceled. It has finally debuted in February 2014 against Kenya. The team is nicknamed The She-Amavubi (Kinyarwanda for The She-Wasps).

History

Background

The development of women's football in Africa faces several challenges, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women in the wider society, and fundamental inequality present in that society that occasionally allows for female-specific human rights abuses. [2] At the same time, if talented women footballers do emerge, many choose to go abroad to maximize playing opportunities. [3] A lack of funding impedes regional development of women's football as most of the funding for the women's national team comes from FIFA, not the national football association. [3]

Inside Rwanda, the first women's football programme was developed in 2000. "Kicking for Reconciliation" was created during the late 2000s, and involved over 100 young players in an attempt at "bringing healing to a nation that saw the worst genocide since World War II" through sport. The programme was open to both Tutsis and Hutus. [4] By 2008, this included a schools and university competition. [5] Women's football was supported by a single dedicated national federation staffer by 2006. Women's sport, including football, received little press coverage in the Rwandan media. [6] A women's football league was founded in 2008, and the country is the only one in the region with a viable league, but it still faces challenges related to funding for teams, with most of its funding coming from FIFA. [7] Grace Nyinawumuntu became the first female referee at the senior level in Rwanda in 2004, and went on to become the first woman to coach a professional team in the country in 2009. Her professional women's side went on to win the league championship under her leadership. [8] The lack of high-level football opportunities in Uganda led to some players going from there to Rwanda for opportunities to play in the country's professional league. [9]

International training related to women is limited in Rwanda. Between 1991 and 2010, there was no FIFA FUTURO III regional course for women's coaching, no women's football seminar held in the country, and no FIFA MA course held for women and youth football. [5] Internationally, in 2007, a representative from the country attended a FIFA sponsored women's football symposium in China. [10] Felicite Rwemarika is the head of women's football in the country. [7] She is credited with developing the sport in the country by founding the Association of Kigali Women in Football amongst other things. [11]

Canceled 2007 participation

The inaugural Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Women's Challenge Cup was supposed to be held in Zanzibar in October 2007, [12] an event Rwanda was planning to send a national team to compete in, [6] but the competition was ultimately canceled. [13] The competition was to be funded by Confederation of African Football. The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations secretary, Nicholas Musonye said of the event, "CAF wants to develop women football in this region in recognition of the milestones CECAFA has achieved over the years. CAF appreciates what CECAFA has done despite the hardships the association has gone through, from financial problems to political instability in member states and poor management of associations. Member states in the CECAFA region have not taken women's football seriously. CAF now wants to sponsor a long-term campaign to attract women from this region into the game." [13] [14]

Home stadium

The Rwanda women's national football team plays their home matches on the Nyamirambo Regional Stadium.

Senior national team

While the Rwanda women's national under-20 football team existed and played in matches by 2009,[ vague ] [15] [9] [16] the senior national team was not competing in matches in the period.[ when? ] [17] [5] There was no senior team competing in the 2010 African Women's Championships during the preliminary rounds [18] or the 2011 All Africa Games. [19] In March 2012, the team was not ranked in the world by FIFA [20] and a senior national team still did not existed. [21] However, a senior national team played its first official match on 16 February 2014.

She-Amavubi debuted on 16 January 2014, in the 2014 African Women's Championship first qualification round, against Kenya in the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali. They won 1–0 from a goal scored by Alice Niyoyita at the 29th minute in the first leg. In the second leg in Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, Kenya they lost 2–1 with the solitary goal scored by Jeanne Nyirahatashima. Rwanda qualified for the second round by the away goals rule after finishing 2–2 on aggregate and played against Nigeria. Their third official match was disputed on 13 May 2014 against Zambia and ended in a 3–0 loss, making it the third loss of their record. They disputed the 2014 African Women's Championship second qualification round with Nigeria on 24 May 2014, losing 4–1. The goal was scored by Clementine Mukamana at the 53rd minute. In the second leg, again competing against Nigeria on 7 June 2014, the She-Amavubi lost by a crushing 8–0 defeat, leaving them out of the 2014 African Women's Championship by a 12–1 aggregate score.

Rwanda competed at the 2016 CECAFA Women's Championship, losing both games by a 3–2 scoreline, to Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The Rwandan federation hosted the 2018 CECAFA Women's Championship. The Nyamirambo Regional Stadium held all 10 of the games in the round robin tournament. Rwanda beat Tanzania (the eventual champions) 1–0 but finished last on 4 points from their 4 games. [22]

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Legend

  Win  Draw  Lose  Fixture

2021

18 October 2021 (2021-10-18) 2022 AFWCON qualification First round 1st leg Djibouti  Flag of Djibouti.svgvFlag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda TBD
[Report (FIFA)]
[Report (CAF)]
[Report (SW)]
Stadium: TBD
26 October 2021 (2021-10-26) 2022 AFWCON qualification First round 2nd leg Rwanda  Flag of Rwanda.svgvFlag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti TBD
[Report (FIFA)]
[Report (CAF)]
[Report (SW)]
Stadium: TBD

Head-to-head record

Updated 16 June 2014

OpponentGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal Differential
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2101220
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 2002112-11
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 100103-3
3 Countries5104317−14

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

PositionNameRef.
Head coach Flag of Rwanda.svg Jean-Baptiste Kayiranga

Manager history

Players

Current squad

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Judith Ingabire (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 27)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
181 GK Helena Uwizeyimana (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 36)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali

2 Djamila Abimana (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 26)40 Flag of Rwanda.svg Kamonyi
3 Claudine Murorunkwere (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 27)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg Rambura
4 Edith Umulisa (1993-11-04) 4 November 1993 (age 27)10 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
5 Clementine Mukamana (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 26)51 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
6 Louise Maniraguha (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 28)50
7 Agathe Iririkumutimana (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
8 Chadia Uwamahirwe (1995-02-12) 12 February 1995 (age 26)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
9 Janviere Mukadusenge (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 34)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
10 Jeanne Nyirahatashima (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 25)51 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
11 Alice Niyoyita (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 26)51 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
12 Sophie Niyomugaba (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 25)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
13 Marie Claire Uwamahoro (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986 (age 35)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
14 Maria Ibangaryeanne (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 28)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
15 Saida Ntagisanimana (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 27)00 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
16 Alice Kalimba (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 25)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali
17 Gloria Nibagwire (C) (1982-08-14) 14 August 1982 (age 39)50 Flag of Rwanda.svg AS Kigali

Competitive record

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGA
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 to
Flag of Germany.svg 2011
Did Not Enter
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 to
Flag of France.svg 2019
Did Not Qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2023 To Be Determined
Total0/9000000

Africa Women Cup of Nations

Africa Women Cup of Nations record
YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGA
19912012 Did not enter
Flag of Namibia.svg 2014 Did not qualify
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2016 Did not enter
Flag of Ghana.svg 2018
Flag placeholder.svg 2020 Did not enter, tournament was later cancelled
Total0/14------

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