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APR FC Head Coach Gilbert ‘Yaoundé’ Kanyankore has confirmed appointment as the new manager of the Rwanda’s senior men’s national team the “Amavubi” following the sacking of Johnny McKinstry this week.

63-year old Gilbert will be assisted by AS Kigali boss Eric Nshimiyimana and Jimmy Mulisa who deputised McKinstry, with Ibrahim Mugisha keeping his post as goalkeeper trainer.

The appointments are subject to contract terms agreement.

The former Rayon Sports, Kiyovu SC and Vital’O gaffer will be in charge of the team’s next assignment away to Ghana’s Black Stars in the last round of the AFCON 2017 qualifiers. The fixture is a formality for the East Africans as they are out of contention for a place in Gabon.

It remains unclear if the Rwandan federation (FERWAFA) will go for another foreign coach in the long run.

Irishman McKinstry was shown the door on Thursday for failure to take Amavubi to 2017 AFCCON in Gabon. During his tenure, Rwanda dropped in the FIFA ranking from as high as position 68 when he took over to 121 in July.


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