21 summoned for Gabon U20 qualifiers

Junior Wasps training

THE Junior Wasps coach French Richard Tardy has summoned 21 players to kick off immediate preparations for the next month’s Africa Youth Championship qualifier against Gabon.

Rwanda sailed through to the next round following the withdrawal of South Sudan in March.

Coach Tardy has split his team preparations in two phases; the team will join camp from April 28 to 30 before releasing players back to their clubs to prepare for the final round of the Turbo King Football league set to be played on May 3.

The players will again reassemble from May 4 to May 10 before hosting their Gabonese counterparts in Kigali on May 11. The return leg will be played on May 24 in Libreville.

Valencia Academie Futelite pair of Yves Rwigema and Anderson Neza is expected to jet in the country on Sunday while Arsenal reserve side midfielder Alfred Martin Mugabo will join camp on May 3.

The winner between Rwanda and Gabon in the second round the winner will take on the victor between Sierra Leone/Guinea and Ghana in the final qualifying round.

Only seven places are up for grabs to join the hosts, Senegal for the finals tournament.

The semi-finalists in Senegal will represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Junior Wasps squad:

Goalkeepers: Olivier Kweizera (APR), Yves Kimenyi (Isonga) and Umar Rwabugiri (APR)

Defenders: Fitina Ombelenga (SC Kiyovu), Celestin Ndayishimiye (SC Kiyovu), Yves Rwigema (Academie Futelite), Anderson Neza (Academie Futelite), Latif Bishira (AS Kigali), Eric Rutanga (APR) and Jean d’Amour Munyabuhoro (Marines)

Midfielder: Robert Ndatimana (Rayon Sports), Djihad Bizimana (Rayon Sports), Yannick Mukunzi (APR), Hussein Cyiza (Mukura), Muhamed Mushimiyimana (AS Kigali) and Martin Mugabo Alfred (Arsenal)

Strikers: Suleiman Kakira (APR), Maxime Sekamana (APR), Bertrand Iradukunda (Isonga) and Jean Paul Niyonzima (AS Kigali)