The New Times (Kigali)

21 December 2012

Rwanda/Angola: Amavubi Depart for Angola

The national football team, the Amavubi stars, jet out today for their scheduled international friendly match against Palancas Negras of Angola on Saturday in Luanda.

Head coach Milutin Sredojovic Micho, who selected only local based players, said yesterday that the team departs for Angola this morning aboard a charter flight after a training session at Ferwafa grounds.

Tanzania's Yanga star, Haruna Niyonzima, is the only foreign based player picked for the trip.

Haruna was also picked because he is in Kigali for holidays.

The 18-man traveling squad is made up of ten APR players who helped their team beat rivals Rayon Sport 3-1 to win the RPF 25th Anniversary football tournament.

The hosts, Angolan Football Federation, are footing the bill for the 26 man delegation.

In their first build-up game, Angola was held to a 1-all draw against Gambia in Benguela.

The Palancas Negras beat Cameroon 1-0 in a second friendly match this Wednesday.

Angola is preparing for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations due in South Africa.

Rwanda is preparing for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers as well as the CHAN qualifiers, all due next year.

Angola is in group A of the CAN 2013 together with South Africa, Cape Verde and Morocco.

Amavubi squad

Goal Keepers: Jean Claude Ndoli [APR] and Marcel Nzarora [Rayon Sport]

Defenders: Michel Rusheshangoga [APR], Hamdan Bariyanga [APR], Frederic Ndaka [Police], Emery Bayisenge [APR] Faustin Usengimana [Rayon Sport] and Aimable Niyikiza [SC Kiyovu].

Midfieders: Fabrice Twagizimana [Police], Jean Baptista Mugiraneza [APR], Tumaine Ntamuhanga [APR], Aphrodis Hategikimana [Rayon Sport[, Haruna Niyonzima [Yanga], Jean Claude Iranzi [APR] and Papy Sibomana [Isonga]

Strikers: Farouk Ruhinda [APR], Jerome Sina [Rayon Sport] and Barnabe Mubumbyi [APR]

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