Onesme Twizeyimana celebrates the first leg winner with his teammates on Tuesday.

Onesme Twizeyimana celebrates the first leg winner with his teammates on Tuesday.red

AS Kigali head Coach Eric Nshimiyimana has been left impressed with the momentum at which youngster Onesme Twizeyimana has risen to take over the club’s striking mantle.

The 21-year-old has already netted ten goals this season much to the amusement of AS Kigali head coach Eric Nshimiyimana who believes the youngster has been impressive since Sugira picked up an injury after Chan 2016 where the latter took centre stage attracting the attention of AS Vita coach Florent Ibenge.

“I am impressed with the development of Onesme. He is strong, quick and can score goals. He needs to play more games and get more experience and exposure in the topflight league. We are happy with his progress so far and he will get even better,” said Nshimiyimana.

Standing tall at a little over 6ft, Twizeyimana boasts of a physical presence in set-pieces and has quite the impressive movement upfront to trouble defenders.

Nshimiyimana, a former Rwanda defender who was a squad member of the golden generation that qualified for Afcon 2004, was responsible for grooming Sugira from a bench warmer to a formidable forward.

Sugira spent one year at APR before he was released but a move to AS Kigali in 2014 rejuvenated his football career and saw him gain confidence scoring 10 goals for the Kigali-based side.

With regular playing time under Nshimiyimana developed him into a dependable striker for both club and country. Sugira scored his debut Amavubi goal in a 1-0 victory over Mozambique in the opening Afcon 2017 qualifiers as Rwanda register their first away win in four years.

It is this guidance and mentorship that Twizeyimana will get from Nshimiyimana and hopefully a rise to the top in the near future.

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