CECAFA 2017: Former Bright Stars and Proline defender named in Rwanda 23-man squad

By: Sinan Rajub Senoga 

Former Proline and Bright Stars defender Ali ‘Keita ‘ Mbogo is set to make his debut for the Rwanda National team after being named in the 23-man squad for the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Cup tournament.

Mbogo, who currently turns out for Sports Club Kiyovu is the only unfamiliar face in Anthony Hey’s squad which is dominated league holders Rayon Sports and Peace Cup winners APR.

The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is expected to a test for the local players who will be seeking to impress to book a place in the final team for the CHAN finals in Morocco early next year.

The team is expected to start camp today at La Palisse hotel in Nyamata while the rest of the players will join in on Sunday after the climax of match day 8 of the Azam Rwanda Premier League.

The Amavubi Stars will kick off their CECAFA campaign against the hosts Kenya on December 3rd. They will then face off with Tanzania, Zanzibar and the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in the subsequent Group A fixtures.

Full squad
Goalkeepers: Kimenyi Yves (APR Fc), Nzarora Marcel (Police Fc) and Eric Ndayishimiye (Rayon Sports Fc)

Defenders: Rugwiro Herve (APR Fc), Omborenga Fitina (APR Fc), Imanishimwe Emmanuel (APR Fc), Manzi Thierry (Rayon Sports), Usengimana Faustin (Rayon Sports), Rutanga Eric (Rayon Sports), Kayumba Soter (AS Kigali), Iradukunda Eric (AS Kigali) and Mbogo Ally (SC Kiyovu).

Midfielders: Bizimana Djihad (APR Fc), Hakizimana Muhadjiri (APR Fc), Nshimiyimana Amran (APR Fc), Mukunzi Yannick (Rayon Sports), Manishimwe Djabel (Rayon Sports), Niyonzima Ally (AS Kigali) and Niyonzima Olivier (Rayon Sports).

Forwards: Nshuti Innocent (APR Fc), Sekamana Maxime (APR Fc), Mico Justin (Police Fc), Biramahire Abeddy (Police Fc).

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