Rwanda replaces Madagascar in COSAFA U20 tourney


Rwanda has replaced Madagascar at this year’s Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) U20 tournament to be held at the Moruleng Stadium in South Africa from December 7-16.

Rwanda’s participation in this year’s COSAFA is because Madagascar declined participation.

The regional tournament has attracted 14 teams including the hosts South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Comoros, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Mauritius, Seychelles as well as Rwanda and the draw will take place on Wednesday.

Jimmy Mulisa will handle the Rwanda U-20 side that has also been invited for the inaugural Morocco 1st Partners tournament set for November 9-13.

“This is going to be a very good opportunity for the U-20 players because more games means that they will get more exposure and more confidence going forward,” said Mulisa who recently guided Rwanda to a 1-all draw in their last AFCON 2017 qualifier against Ghana in Accra.

The Junior Wasps were involved in the 2017 AFCON U-20 qualifiers holding Uganda to a 1-all draw in Kigali before falling 2-1 in Kampala however, Rwanda was reinstated after CAF disqualified Uganda for fielding a player who had two different passports.

Uganda goalkeeper James Aheebwa’s club Licence presented to CAF with his club side SC Vipers when he featured in the CAF Champions League first round in February indicated his birth date as March 27, 1997 while his passport presented in the U-20 AFCON qualifiers indicates May 19, 1998.

In the second round, Rwanda fell to Egypt 1-0 in Kigali before stunning the Junior Pharaohs 1-0 in Cairo to force penalties that the North African side won 3-2 to proceed to the third round.

Mulisa believes that with this background, the Junior Wasps will further test themselves against some of the top sides on the African continent.



Aisha JM