- CNTV English - CCTV News

Rwanda preparing for Cote d'Ivoire match

08-29-2011 16:02 BJT

KIGALI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's national soccer team are in final preparations for its 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Cote d'Ivoire, an official said on Monday in Kigali.

Rwanda's national squad stay at the bottom of CAN 2012 group H qualifiers with 3 points, behind Burundi (4 points), Benin (4 points) and Cote d'Ivoire (9 points).

The secretary general of Rwanda's football association, Jules Kalisa said the national team was more ready for the match scheduled on September 3 in Kigali.

"The team is currently engaged in intensive training and power to make the nation proud," Kalisa told Xinhua on the telephone.

"I must say that we are ready to play Cote d'Ivoire national soccer team and give them tight competition in the return match," he added.

Rwanda will play Cote d'Ivoire without its key strikers such as Olivier Karekezi (playing for the Swedish division 1 league) who has not been selected like some of his Rwandan fellows from European leagues, following an alleged "poor performance", according to Ghanaian head coach Sellas Tetteh.

The 28 players called up by Tetteh include four members of the U-17 side: goalkeeper Marcel Nzarora and strikers Charles Tibingana, Emile Bayisenge and Andrew Butera.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program