Rwanda national football team round off their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign this month with a double header against Mozambique and Cameroon.
They will host Mozambique on March 22 before traveling to Douala to face Cameroon in their Group F final game, on March 31.
On Saturday, Vincent Mashami named his squad for Group F’s last two games and the camp started on Sunday after the squad members cleared for their coronavirus tests.
Only local players who were called up held the first practice session at the Nyamirambo Stadium on Monday.
Among those yet to report for international duty are Abdul Rwatubyaye (FK Shkupi, Armenia), Salomon Nirisarike (Urartu FC, Armenia),Yannick Mukunzi (Sandvikens IF, Sweden), Steven Rubanguka (AE Karaiskakis Artas, Greece), Kevin Muhire (Sahama Club, Oman) and Meddie Kagere (Simba SC).
Amavubi Stars were placed in Group F alongside host Cameroon, Mozambique and Cape-Verde and are yet to win a single game after defeats to Cameroon and Mozambique and draws against Cape Verde.
They sit bottom of Group F, two points adrift of Cape Verde and Mozambique while Cameroon, who have already qualified as hosts, top the group with 10 points.
Mathematically, it is not impossible for Rwanda to qualify for next year’s Afcon in Camerron but they will need a considerable improvement in the final two games of the qualifiers.
Rwanda need to beat Mozambique and Cameroon while hoping the other results to go their way.