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By Fred Maingi
Rwanda players in the National soccer team (Amavubi Stars) have been urged to pull up their socks or else surrender their position’s to other upcoming players,Head coach Milutin Sredojovic has warned.
He said there was no player who remained indispensable adding that any player who fails to improve in the few coming day’s, he will have to pave way to other players.
Speaking in Kigali,Micho appeared to have been irked by the team’s weekend barren draw against Namibia’s Brave Warriors staged over the weekend.
Rwanda held Namibia’s Brave Warriors to a goalless draw in an international friendly on Saturday. He said there was need for each player to improve since the team is faced up with tough matches ahead including the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup to be held in Uganda.
He said from now henceforth, he will go round monitoring the players where he will be expecting nothing less than great improvement.
Yes,I’m delighted with their ball display.But I still need to see some improvement from all area’s.We have a lot to cover and time is not on our side.I demand total improvement from everybody including members of the technical bench. No body is untouchable. Said Micho.“
Rwanda will face Namibia on November 11, I will be monitoring every player and I expect to see an improvement.”
However, assistant coach Eric Nshimiyimana felt the team played extremely well and were just unlucky. He hailed home based players for their performance against Namibia.
“The overall team display was overwhelming and though we didn’t score, the home talents promise a good future for the national team.”
“We only have to help these players get used to playing international matches so as to gain experience.”
“The defence was intact and the midfield executed their task well but we still have some issues to solve upfront. We failed to convert many chances which could have turned the game in our favour.
Rwanda meet Namibia again on November 11 in Kigali at Stade Amahoro in another international friendly.
Amavubi are using the two matches to stay competitive ahead of the Cecafa Challenge tournament due in Uganda next month as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier – against Mali on March 22, 2013.
Rwanda are in the hunt for a second regional title following their triumph back in 1999 when they hosted the event.
Last year, Rwanda was ejected out in the final against Uganda Cranes on penalty shoot-outs.