Amavubi look to bounce back against Mali


After two shocking losses against Uganda in the third and fourth matches of the 2022 World/Africa qualifier, Amavubi’s only chance to turn to bring joy to Rwandans is this Thursday when they face Mali in the return leg tie at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo.

International players, Emery Mvuyekure, Thierry Manzi, Jean Philippe Rutabayiro, Djihadi Bizimana, Clément Buhake Twizere Na Rafael York, and Emmanuel Imanishimwe have joined the training ahead of FIFA WCQ2022 Match Day 5.

Rwanda will host Mali on November 11 before facing Kenya on November 14, 2021.

Vincent Mashami’s men were shocked 1-0 in Kigali against Uganda while the Cranes ensured they sealed the double over Amavubi after another 1-0 win, at St. Mary’s Kitende Stadium. Amavubi lost again against Mali held Kenya to a draw.

Rwanda needs nothing short of the maximum three points from Thursday’s game if they are to bounce back of bringing back the fans in the mood, hoping to also win the last game against Kenya.

However, after suffering setbacks in their 2022 World/Africa qualifier against Uganda twice, Rwanda national football team have shifted focus to the return leg against Mali.


Uganda beat Amavubi in Kigali and in Kampala while Amavubi again lost to Mali in the opening game before drawing to Kenya while Rwanda

Amavubi, who dropped to fourth with one point is in intensive preparation at Kigali Stadium with all professional players having arrived for the preparations ahead of the return leg.

Amavubi has an opportunity to recover from the disappointments when we face Mali again on Thursday in Kigali before facing Kenya.

Amavubi defensive midfielder, Djihadi Bizimana remains optimistic they will bounce back and win against Mali and Kenya.

“If we play with high intensity and purpose, then we shall have a good chance to beat Mali. We’re positive we can win and look forward to the next fixture against Kenya” Bizimana said.

Rwanda under coach Mashami will go into the game missing the services of midfielder Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge, and Abdul Rwatubyaye.

Mali isleading Group E with 10 points, Uganda is second with eight points, Kenya is third with two points while Kenya is third after four rounds of matches with two points while Rwanda is last with a single point.

Only the group’s top team is guaranteed a spot into the final phase of the qualifiers.

The final round will see ten teams drawn into five home-and-away ties, with the five winners, automatically securing tickets to represent Africa at the Fifa World Cup 2022.