Rwanda Amavubi reveal new soccer kits

The Amavubi have revealed their new AMS kit designs for 2015 ahead of their opening AFCON 2017 qualification fixture against Mozambique (13 June 2015).

L-R: Olivier Kwizera (Goalkeeper);  Jean-Olivier Mulindahabi (General Secretary, FERWAFA); Haruna Niyonzima (Captain); Coach McKinstry; Yannick Mukunzi  with the new Rwanda Amavubi Home Shirt by AMS  [Players are modelling new goalkeeping; home and away kits by AMS.  Pictured at Training camp ahead of Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique, 13 June 2015  (Pic © Darren McKinstry /]The kit has been supplied as part of a partnership deal with the Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA) to supply apparel to the Amavubi, the national football team of Rwanda for the remainder of 2015.

After launching in January 2014, AMS Clothing has supplied the national football teams of South Sudan and Sierra Leone, and is thrilled to partner with FERWAFA.  AMS Clothing will be supplying apparel from June 2015 until the end of 2015, with an option to continue the partnership if all parties are satisfied with the arrangements.

Announcing the launch in May, AMS Clothing founder Luke Westcott said:

“We have been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to come along to supply another national team, and supplying the Amavubi is a huge honour. We will do our best to ensure that the players are given quality apparel, and fans are provided with striking, attractive designs,”

“We would like to especially thank Amavubi head coach Johnny McKinstry for playing a major role in forming the partnership and also to FERWAFA for arranging this exciting opportunity.”


The President of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Mr. Vincent Nzamwita, said the agreement will be a door opener for the federation and he expressed his confidence in the kit brand.

“This agreement is the beginning of good and great things to happen to Rwanda football with regards to sponsorship deals. FERWAFA is happy to come into partnership with a global brand like AMS Clothing. We are in good company.”

"Rwanda football has excellent potential all around and an global brand like AMS Clothing will help to spur the processes that the present FERWAFA administration has put in place to drive our game to the next level,” Nzamwita added.


L-R: Olivier Kwizera (Goalkeeper);  Haruna Niyonzima (Captain); Yannick Mukunzi - modelling the new Rwanda Amavubi Kit by AMS  [new goalkeeping; home and away kits by AMS are pictured at training camp ahead of Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique, 13 June 2015  (Pic © Darren McKinstry /]

The official designs were lauched ahead of the opening AFCON 2017 qualification fixture against Mozambique (12 June 2015), with the 

Amavubi facing a hectic schedule over the coming months, with further African Cup of Nations qualifiers, FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the CECAFA Cup and numerous friendlies being played in this period.



AMS Clothing is an Australian-based social enterprise, which aims to support African football by supplying apparel to national football teams and clubs throughout Africa. To learn more, visit

FERWAFA is the FIFA-affiliated governing body of football in Rwanda. They are headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda.




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Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach, with a number of successes across his 20+ year career to date.    He is currently Head Coach of Gor Mahia FC in Kenya

As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019 and over his tenure delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games, going undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts. 

Across 2013-14, he was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team. Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014). 

He has also been Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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