AS Kigali and Rwanda right back Michel Rusheshangoga surprised many as he announced his retirement from football at the age of 26.
This comes at a time that “Amavubi” are preparing for the African nations championship built for Cameroon this month.
“I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to football and thank all my teammates. I am now about to start a new life different from football”
, he told Times Sports in an Interview.
The right back has been one of the mainstays of AS Kigali, a club that is competing both at the local and Continental level.
At the international scene, he represented his fatherland at all levels of the Rwanda national teams: the U-17, U-20 and the senior team where he made his international debut on May 18, 2014 and played 12 times for the Amavubi.
At club level, he has played for local outfit including Isonga and APR as well as Tanzania side, Singida United.
His name was recently included by coach Vincent Mashami’s provisional squad who are currently in camp in preparation for the African Nations championship (CHAN).
Reports from Rwanda say the defender is on his way to the United States to be with his young family, and he is not expected to play football while in the United States.
The Rwanda FA has organized a pre CHAN mini tournament which will take place at Amahoro Stadium in Rwanda.
Rwanda, Namibia and Congo will be the elements to animate the tournament.
The Amavubi are in group C alongside Morocco, Uganda and Togo.
This will be Rwanda’s fourth appearance in the CHAN and their best achievement is the quarter finals in 2016.