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The African Champions, who were knocked out of the FIFA Confederations Cup, will now focus on the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Amavumbi next month.

The president of the Rwandan FA (FERWAFA) is confident that the Amavubi Stars can stun Egypt in Cairo when the two sides meet on July 5.

Speaking to Sunday Times Sport, Brig. Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura said that Rwandans should be proud that they are facing the African champions. “The Egyptians won’t play the same game they played against Italy,” Kazura believes.

Rwanda play Egypt in their third Group C qualifier for the 2010 World Cup/African Nations Cup on July 5, well aware that defeat will crush their World Cup hopes and further dent a possible appearance in next year’s continental celebration in Angola.

Meanwhile, after DR Congo pulled out of Rwanda’s planned friendly on June 30, FERWAFA are trying to line up friendlies with Cameroon and Sudan.

Rwanda’s dream of making a debut World Cup appearance was dealt a major setback after they lost 1-0 to Zambia a fortnight ago.

The defeat presents the Amavumbi Stars with a steep mountain to climb for them to snatch a spot in the 2010 World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations.

Algeria top the group with seven points after whipping Zambia over the weekend. The Zambians are second with four points while Rwanda and Egypt are in third and fourth place respectively with a point each, separated by goal difference.

James Momanyi,