FIFA World Cup Bugesera FC’s Elijah Ani joins Rwanda camp for Benin, Lesotho qualifiers

Bugesera FC striker Elijah Ani has joined Amavubi squad in the camp for preparations for upcoming 2026 World Cup double header against Benin and Lesotho in June.

Ani, who hold Nigerian nationality, was arguably the best player in his debut season in Rwanda where he finished the 2023-24 Primus National League campaign as joint top scorer, along with Victor Mbaoma, with 15 goals.

He also helped Bugesera to the Peace Cup final before losing the trophy to Police FC. The talented attacker is uncapped at any level by Nigeria and has now agreed to represent in Rwandan in international football.

“I am in the camp with the team and I am glad to feature for the country. I will do my possible best as we hope to qualify for the 2026 World Cup,” Ani told Times Sport.

Rwanda currently leads Group C with four points from two games after drawing with Zimbabwe and defeating South Africa 2-0 in November 2023.Frannk Spittler’s side takes on Benin on June 6 before going up against Lesotho on June 11.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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