Rwanda will not go to the 2021 African Cup of Nations. However, the Amavubi want to give their all in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which starts in June.
Rwanda have been eliminated from the African Cup of Nations and are now focusing on the World Cup qualifiers. The Amavubi will be looking to build on the lessons learned from the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to better understand the road to Qatar.
Coach Vincent Mashami is starting to work on finding a good roadmap. The ambition is to make a splash in Group E, which his team shares with Mali, Uganda and Kenya. "We will focus on the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June," he said. We can't rely on the FIFA rankings," he said. Mali are a good team, as is Uganda and we all know that Kenya are doing well.
Goal: Finish top of the table
Rwanda open their campaign against Mali on 5 or 6 June. A match that will have to be negotiated well. It is the first of each group that will qualify for the 10-team play-offs. "All our opponents are good teams. But our goal will be to finish at the top of the table. And looking at our team, the players are hungry for success. And that will play a huge role in helping us perform better," the coach said.
After Mali, the Amavubi will face Kenya on the 12th or 13th before finishing with Uganda, to complete the three matches of the first phase. Rwanda will then travel to Kampala at the end of September for the return leg. Before hosting Mali in October. The team will close its campaign against Kenya.
The Amavubi reached the group stage after beating the Seychelles 10-0 (aggregate) in the preliminary round last October.