Coach Grace Nyinawumuntu addressing her Team
THE national women football team popularly known as She-Wasps are expected to leave this morning for Nairobi ahead of the return leg of the African Women championship against Harambee Starlets due on Sunday at Machakos Municipal Stadium.
The national team departs aboard RwandAir on Thursday morning at 8am. They will arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport at 10.30am and head direct to Machakos county where they match will be played.
Rwanda heads to Kenya with a 1-0 advantage obtained in the first leg played in Kigali a fortnight ago and Coach Grace Nyinawumuntu’s outfit are focused on snatching a ticket to the African Women championship finals scheduled to take place in Namibia.
In the first leg played in Kigali a fortnight ago, Rwanda won 1-0 with Remera Rukoma’s forward Alice Niyoyita scoring the lone goal of the match at Stade de Kigali, handing her side a slim advantage going into the second leg.
The Nyinawumuntu coached squad has been in high spirits over the past two weeks as they heightened their preparation ahead of the weekend tie.
“We are ready for the return leg. We are going into this game to register a win. It’s possible and we are not going to give Kenya any breathing space, we want a win and my players are ready and focused for the tie,” added Nyinawumuntu.
Should the She-Wasps win the match they will have one foot to the next stage where they will battle it out against Nigeria’s Super Falcons.
The West Africans have been a thorn in the flesh of Rwanda and should they conquer the Kenyans, they will have to work overdrive to earn passage to the finals.
Seven teams will emerge from the qualifiers to join hosts Namibia for the final tournament from 11-24 October, also a qualifier for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada next year.
She-Wasps team: Said Ntagisanimana, Jeannette Mukeshimana, Nadia Uwineza, Sophie Niyomugaba, Edith Umulisa, Yvonne Mukamaliza, Alice Niyoyita, Marie Jeanne Nyirahafashimana, Chadia Uwamahirwe, Clementine Mukamana, Gloria Sifa Nibagwire, Marie Claire Uwamahoro, Judith Ingabire, Helena Uwizeyimana, Djamilla Abimana, Albertine Mukashema, Anne Marie Ibangarye and Alice Kalimba,