The senior national football team, Amavubi, has been boosted with the arrival of professional duo of goalie Emery Mvuyekure and midfielder Kevin Muhire ahead of the upcoming AFCON 2019 qualifier against Côte d’Ivoire due this Sunday in Abidjan.
Mvuyekure, goalie with Kenyan side Tusker FC and Muhire a midfielder plying his profession with Egyptian side El Dakhleya Sporting Club.
The duo will train today with the Amavubi squad, of only home-based players which has spent a week in preparation.
Meanwhile, Kenyan-based forward Jacques Tuyisenge who plays for Gor Mahia is expected in Kigali on Monday afternoon.
Kagere Meddie (SC Simba) and Abdul Rwatubyaye (Sporting Kansas, USA) will arrive on Wednesday morning ahead of the Amavubi’s departure to Cote d’Ivoire.
Vincent Mashami’s side and the 2015 African champions will be going head-to-head in the two sides’ final Group H encounter of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on March 23 at Stade Bouaké in Bouaké, Ivory Coast.
Côte d’Ivoire won the first-leg 2-1 at Kigali Stadium thanks to goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Max-Alain Gradel. Talisman Meddie Kagere netted the consolation goal for the hosts.
Former APR coach Mashami and his men will be wrapping up their frustrating group campaign away to Ivory Coast after failing to win a single game in their first five games – having only managed two draws, and suffered three defeats, respectively.
Rwanda is bottom of Group H with only two points, three adrift of third-placed CAR. Guinea top the group with 11 points, followed by former African champions Ivory Coast with 8 points.
Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire have already booked tickets to the AFCON 2019 finals tournament, which is due on June 21 – July 19 in Egypt.