There’s news in the AllAfrica web-site that Gael Bigirimana, who signed a five-year contract at Newcastle United last Friday, may want to play for the Rwanda National team.
Gael Bigirimana - after signing for Newcastle last Friday
Bigirimana has no caps at any level for any country at the moment, and the Burundi-born player told The New Times in April, that he had turned down requests by the Burundi National side to play for them, and instead he apparently wants to play for Rwanda.
This is what Gael said in April, while he was still a Coventry City player:
“Although I have played for England youth teams, I can’t say that would give me the chance to play for the Three Lions. I want to play for Rwanda.”
“Burundi has expressed interest in me but I have turned down their offers. All I want is to play for Rwanda.”
In 2011, Bigirimana was part of an U-18 Democratic Republic of Congo side, that was made up of players who play in Europe, but we have no record of him having played for any England Youth sides.
It seems that he is eligible to play for Uganda, Burundi and England, and we’re not sure how he qualifies for Rwanda, but maybe through a parent or other relative, and it will be interesting to see who he decides to play for, now that he will have greater visibility across the football world at Newcastle United.
Rwanda, who are nicknamed the Amavubi (Wasps), have never qualified for the World Cup finals, but they did reach the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations back in 2004, but having qualified since then.
On the other hand Burundi have never qualified for either the World Cup or the African Cup of Nations.
And Alan Pardew made it known in no uncertain terms over the weekend, that he thinks this lad will be a threat to Newcastle first teamers as early as next season, so Alan must think very highly of this youngster, who turns 19 until October 22nd.