Rwanda: Nyinawumuntu Hails Rwandan Starlets After PSG Club World Triumph

Paris Saint — Germain Academy of Rwanda head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu has heaped praise on her players after putting yet another footballing masterclass during the just-concluded 2023 PSG World Cup in Paris, France.

Rwanda U11 and U13 teams were crowned world champions after beating Brazil in the final at the Parc des Princes which has been home to PSG superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe among others .

The U11 team of the Huye-based academy claimed their first title of the competition in which they finished fourth in 2022 after beating the South Americans 3-2 on penalties after both teams played out a 1-1 draw in the normal time.

Skipper Samuel Shema, who scored the lone goal for Rwanda U11 in the final, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) while Derrick Ntakirutimana was given the goalkeeper of the tournament award in recognition to his goalkeeping heroics where conceded only four goals in eight games played, the least in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the U13 youngsters retained the trophy they won last year after beating Brazil again in the final 4-3 on penalties after the pair were tied to a 1-1 draw in the normal time.

Nyinawumuntu commended the boys for their hard work and showing character and a winning mentality against a football giant in Brazil.

The former AS Kigali admits that there were mistakes that the U13 team, for instance, committed last year despite winning the tournament which they worked on before going to France to defend the title.

“We took time to fix each and every loophole in all departments of the team and the boys came back stronger. Now look at the results, I am so proud of these boys,” she told Times Sport.