The Rwanda national football team formed in 1972. The team affiliated to FIFA and the Confederation of African Football in 1976. The team has been relatively quiet since forming, having never reached a world cup finals and appeared in just one Africa Cup of Nations.
The team’s first official international match came in 1976, against Burundi. In an inauspicious start, Rwanda lost 6-2. The team’s biggest win is a 9-0 mauling of Djibouti in 2007. Rwanda’s record losing margin is five goals, a feat they have managed to ‘achieve’ four times.
It’s no surprise that the Rwanda national football team has a poor record in world cup football, the team has rarely entered qualification. Despite being eligible since 1976, the team did not enter a world cup qualifying campaign until 1990. Even then, Rwanda withdrew before taking part. The team has only become a qualification regular since France 1998 and has entered every edition since, although without success.
Ranked 116th by FIFA, the Rwanda national football team is riding a little high and may find themselves dropping down the rankings.
World cup 2018
Fixtures to be announced.
Find out more
- Rwanda national football team website.
- Confederation of African Football qualifying.
- Head to Head with Rwanda Head Coach Stephen Constantine.