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Rwandan Football Federation (FERWAFA) has appointed German tactician Antoine Hey as the new coach of the national team “the Amavubi” on a two-year deal, according to sources.

Hey, 46, beat among others, Nigeria’s Samson Siasia, Georges Leekens (Belgium) and Rui Aguas (Portugal), who made the final 8-man shortlist after a rigorous vetting process, to land the job.

He takes over from Northern Irish Johnny McKinstry, who was dismissed in August 2016 for poor performance.

Hey, former midfielder with FC Schalke 04 and Birmingham City during his playing days will be making a return to Africa for the fifth time.

His first adventure in the continent was with Lesotho between 2004 -2006. He left for the Gambia afterwards, but his stay was short-lived as he fell out with the federation over money matters.

Hey would move North to coach Tunisian side US Monastir in 2007, before leaving to take over as Liberia’s coach (2008-2009).

His last assignment in Africa was with Kenya’s “Harambee Stars” a job he held from February to November 2009. He walked out on Harambee Stars after disputes with the federation over team selection.

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