DEFENDER Salomon Nirisarike has arrived in the country ahead of the Amavubi team’s preparations for the international friendly match against Uganda due on Saturday at Namboole stadium in Kampala.
Nirisarike, who plays for Belgium’s second tier club FC Antwerp left Brussels on Monday morning and was expected to arrive in Kigali last night.
Head coach Eric Nshimiyimana said on Monday that both Nirisarike and Young Africans midfielder Haruna Niyonzima are the only professional players earmarked for the weekend’s friendly as he seeks to select a strong team for this year’s Cecafa Challenge Cup due in Nairobi, Kenya from November 27 to December 12.
Haruna, who was voted Tanzania’s best footballer of the year, jets into the country on Wednesday.
Nshimiyimana is expected to name a strong studded team for the crunch friendly tie on Tuesday evening after the ninth round of the Turbo King Football League which will be underway today across the country.
The former Amavubi skipper pointed out the advantage of the Uganda friendly game as it will help players to prove their worth before selecting the final team for the Cecafa team.
The Amavubi team is expected to be in Kampala on November 15 and will be accommodated at Mt Zion hotel in Kampala.
The friendly match against Cranes was confirmed by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) after it had earlier been postponed due to logistics issues.
In the first friendly match played in Kigali in February between the two sides, the Cranes and Rwanda’s Amavubi settled for a 2-2 draw.
Uganda Cranes are now coached by Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, the man who was at the helm at Amavubi Stars during the last friendly in Kigali.
The game, according to Fufa spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa, is to help the Cranes prepare for the Cecafa and Chan 2014 tournaments.
Mulindwa said the game will give Micho a chance to try out players featuring in the domestic league, who will form the bulk of the squad for the upcoming tournaments.
Micho was in charge of the Amavubi Stars between 2011 and April 2013 when he was sacked by the Rwandan federation over poor results.