The 2018 CECAFA Women Championship hosts Rwanda have summoned 24 players to begin preparations ahead of the tournament slated to kick off on Thursday 19 July in Kigali, Rwanda.
Under head coach Kayiranga Jean Baptista, the team will start off against reigning champions Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Queens in the opening match of the regional tournament, which is scheduled for Stade de Kigali.
The Rwandan ladies will be back to action on Monday July 23 when they host Ethiopia at 16:15, then face Uganda on Wednesday July 25 before concluding their campaign on Friday July 27 against Kenya.
The majority of the players summoned are drawn from reigning National Women League champions AS Kigali WFC, league runners-up Scandinavia WFC, Kamonyi WFC and Rambura WFC respectively.
Former AS Kigali player Mukamana Clementine who plies her trade with Tanzania’s Kigoma Sisters is the only foreign-based player summoned to beef up the squad.
Tanzania won the title after edging Kenya in the final of the last edition while Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda to take third place in the competition held in Uganda.
Goalkeepers: Nyirabashyitsi Judith (AS Kigali WFC), Umubyeyi Zakia (Scandinavia Wfc) & Uwizeyimana Helene (AS Kigali WFC)
Defenders: Mukantaganira Joselyne (AS Kigali WFc), Murorunkwere Claudine (Rambura WFc), Kayitesi Alody (AS Kigali Wfc), Uwamahoro Marie Claire (AS Kigali Wfc), Umulisa Edith (Scandinavia Wfc), Maniraguha Louise (AS Kigali Wfc), Umwizera Angelique (AS Kigali Wfc), Mukamana Clementine (Kigomo Sisters Wfc, Tanzania) and Mutuyimana Albertine (Kamonyi Wfc)
Midfielders: Uwimbabazi Immaculee (Kamonyi Wfc), Nibagwire Sifa Gloria (Scandinavia Wfc), Kalimba Alice (AS Kigali Wfc), Mukeshimana Jeanette (AS Kigali Wfc), Nyiramwiza Martha (AS Kigali Wfc) and Uwamahoro Marie Claire (AS Kigali Wfc).
Forwards: Ibangarye Anne Marie (Scandinavia Wfc), Umwariwase Dudja (AS Kigali Wfc), Nibagwire Libery (AS Kigali Wfc), Iradukunda Callixte (AS Kigali Wfc), Uwamahoro Beatrice (Kamonyi Wfc) and Kankindi Fatuma (Scandinavia Wfc)
Kayiranga Jean Baptista (Head Coach), Mbarushimana Shaban (Assistant Coach), Umunyana Seraphine (Assistant Coach), Maniraguha Claude (Goalkeeper Coach), Uwimana Claudine (Physiotherapist), Kayishakire Hadidja (Team Manager) and Uwase Ange Nicole (Kit Manager)