Former Proline FC midfield maestro Andrew Buteera has been named in the final 26 man squad of the Rwanda Amavubi Stars ahead of the 2019 AFCON qualifier group H tie against power house Ivory Coast this weekend at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo.
The APR midfielder who was irregular under previous coach Antoine Hey started playing for the Amavubi Stars in 2011 following great displays from the national U17 side that represented Rwanda in the U17 AFCON in Rwanda and U17 FIFA World Cup in Mexico 2011.
Head coach Vicente Mashami who is well vast with Rwanda football is under pressure to deliver following his side’s 2-1 loss on match day one away to Central African Republic in June last year.
Their opponents Ivory Coast will not take things for granted this time round after losing their first game 2-3 at home to Guinea in June 2017.
Guinea currently top group H on three points same as Central African Republic.
The full Amavubi 26 man squad to face Ivory Coast this weekend.
Goalkeepers: Kwizera Olivier (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kimenyi Yves (APR FC), Rwabugiri Omar (Mukura VS) and Ntwari Fiacre (Intare FC & U20)
Defenders: Salomon Nirisarike (AFC Tubize,Belgium), Usengimana Faustin (Khitan Sport Club, Kuwait), Rwatubyaye Abdul (Rayon Sports), Rugwiro Herve (APR FC), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports), Michel Rusheshangoga (Unattached), Emmanuel Manishimwe (APR FC), Fitina Omborenga (APR FC) and Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports)
Midfielders: Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports), Mugiraneza Jean Baptiste (APR FC), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali), Bizimana Djihad (Beveren, Belgium), Haruna Niyonzima (Simba SC,Tanzania), Buteera Andrew (APR FC), Cyiza Hussein (Mukura VS), Iranzi Jean Claude (APR FC), Muhire Kevin (Rayon Sports) and Sibomana Patrick (FC Shakhtyor, Belarus).
Forwards: Kagere Meddie (Simba SC, Tanzania), Jack Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Usengimana Dany (Tersana FC, Egypt) and Hakizimana Muhadjili (APR FC).