African Nations Championship Group C campaigners Rwanda have temporarily disengaged with the services of national team coach, Antoine Hey. The Amavubis were victims of a last gasp winner by Libya in their Group C clash in Tangier on Tuesday, consequently knocking them out of the tournament.
In a rather dramatic development, President of the Rwandese Association Football Federation (FERWAFA) Vincent Nzamwita and coach Hey held a meeting on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at the team’s Royal Tulip Hotel base.
It was at the meeting that the German coach reached a mutual consent disengagement pact to terminate the contract until the new FERWAFA Executive Committee comes into office to decide whether his contract will be renewed.
“We have agreed to amicably terminate the contract until the new FERWAFA Executive Committee comes in office. The new management will decide to renew his contract or not,” said Nzamwita
“As we wait for new management to be elected and take final decision on his contract, our wish is for him to stay managing Rwanda such that he continues to implement what he has built for the past one year.”
47-year old Hey who has been in charge of the Amavubis since March 2017 also had kind words for the FERWAFA and his players.
“It was a true honour and privilege to work as the Head Coach of Amavubi. “The working relationship with FERWAFA, the Ministry of Sport, my Technical Staff and our Players was absolutely perfect,” said Hey.
By the virtue of that loss to the Libyans, Rwanda finished third in Group C behind group winners Nigeria and Libya.
Fisayo Dairo reporting from Tangier, Morocco