Niyonshuti Emerance selected to represent rwanda in the 2017 Copa Coca-Cola football camp in Durban, South AfricaPosted By: UDAHOGORA Vanessa Peace - On:12/10/2017
Following the conclusion of this year’s tournament that saw College de Gisenyi y’i Rubavu and GS Remera Rukomo get crowned the U-16 Coca-Cola Boys and Girls Champions, the Rwanda School Federation were tasked to select the best player from either the boys or girls sides to represent Rwanda in the U-15 5-A-side World Cup in Durban, South Africa. Emerance Niyonshuti is a thirteen year old girl who comes from Rukoma in Kamonyi district in the Western province of Rwanda.
She is the first born of four children born to Mr. Musafiri Israel, a local business man and Mrs. Dinah Nyiranshimiyimana, a teacher in Kamonyi district.
Emerance grew up playing football in her community amongst a few young girls but was courageous enough to play confidently amongst boys as well. Her football talent was observed from the age of 10 while she was still in Primary school and she was encouraged to keep up her involvement with the sport into her teenage days.
At age 13 she has been selected to play in a women’s team at district level in Kamonyi and was chosen to Captain her school team GS Remera Rukoma for the 2017 COPA Coca-Cola, the annual under 16s soccer tournament event sponsored by Coca-Cola, the leading refreshment brand from Bralirwa.
Despite being one of the youngest participants Emerance led her team to win the COPA Coca-Cola 2017 trophy and was voted the best player of the tournament amongst over 200 other girls.
This won her a trip to South Africa to take part in the 2017 under 15 5-a-side World Cup.
The 1-week long trip included training camps along with other players from Africa and coaching tips from football Legends Benni Mcarthy and Steven Piennar.
Emerance is still very active both with her soccer and with her academic work. Being a Senior 2 student, she will continue to concentrate on her studies while at the same time keeping up her aspirations of playing football at the highest level in Rwanda and internationally.