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RWANDA has given Amavubi head and assistant coaching roles to Eric Nshimiyimana and Jean Baptista Kayiranga and tasked them to qualify the country to next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be hosted by South Africa in 2014.
The Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali said in a news conference on Thursday evening that the decision to appoint both Nshimiyimana and Kayiranga was reached after a careful assessment and capability on their role in helping young players improve their careers.
“We have appointed the pair because they are well vast with youth football promotion and they will simply ensure that we qualify to CHAN finals in South Africa as well as prepare a strong national team composed of young Rwandan players for 2016 CHAN which will be held in Rwanda,”
“We have full trust in Nshimiyimana as the head coach because he once held this position as an interim coach and posted good results and we have given him full responsibilities to ensure that the national team performs well in upcoming matches,”
“I am calling upon Rwandans to exercise patience as we give time for the two coaches to build a strong team for the future. We will only think about recruiting a foreign coach once the pair fail to deliver in as far as our ambitions are concerned,” added Mitali.
Nshimiyimana, an assistant coach with APR FC has also been assisting Serbian Milutin Sredojovic Micho who was sacked this week. The 40-year old former Rwandan international towering midfielder, was part of the Amavubi team that played at the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
He is not new with the head coaching role. In 2009, he was appointed to lead Rwanda on an interim basis after Branko Tucak’s contract was terminated after poor showing in the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and went on to guide Amavubi reach the final of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2011, he was again given the interim coaching role when Ghanian Sellas Tetteh resigned after a series of disappointing results that included a humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Ivory Coast. He went on to help Rwanda snatch a 1-0 win over Benin in the last Africa Nations’ Cup qualifying match.
His assistant coach Kayiranga is well vast with youth club football. He has been appointed to identify potential young players who can be groomed with international football experience through playing exposure such that Rwanda can have a strong CHAN squad by 2016.
The goalkeepers coach Ibrahim Mugisha, team doctors Nuhu Assuman and Moussa Hakizimana will retain their positions on the national team.
After missing out on the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Rwanda will seek to redeem herself in this tournament reserved for players playing in local league.
Amavubi Stars will start their campaign in the first round facing the winner between Eritrea and Ethiopia in June. The first Round matches are set between June 21 and 23, 2013 and the second leg two weeks later.
The final tournament will feature two teams from North Zone, two from West A Zone, three from West B Zone, three from Central Zone and three from Central East and three from South Zone (including hosts South Africa).
Democratic Republic of Congo won the inaugural CHAN tournament held in Cote d’ Ivoire in 2009 while Tunisia won the 2011 edition held in Sudan.