Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has made public the profile of the coach they seek to take over the senior team after 52 foreign coaches applied a week ago.
Top names known around African football including former Algerian coach George Leekens, former Nigerian tactician Samson Siasia, Paul Put, Peter Butler as well as ex-Rayon Sports coach Didier Gomes da Rosa are in the run in for the Amavubi job.
Ferwafa president Degaule Nzamwita told supersport.com exclusively that, “My dream is to get a coach like Lucio Antunes. He inspired Cape Verde from a small team to a big one on the African continent. He was even recognized by Fifa.”
“For a country with a population of 500,000, that was a massive achievement to qualify for Afcon twice in a row. We are almost 13 million in Rwanda. I think he would introduce a strong mentality within our players so if we can get a coach with that kind of profile then we shall be good to go.”
Rwanda has only qualified for the Afcon only once in 2004 in Tunisia where they failed to make it past the group stages.
Sources close to Ferwafa have revealed that the shortlist of five will be announced this week as they look to zero down on a replacement for Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry who was let go in August 2016.
McKinstry’s successor will immediately commence plans for Chan 2018 qualifying preparations as well as Afcon 2019 qualifiers where Rwanda was drawn with Afcon 2015 winners Ivory Coast, Guinea and Central African Republic.