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Uganda Born Striker Acquires Rwanda Citizenship

Meddie Kagere, Ugandan by birth, has officially acquired Rwandan Citizenship, the player was sworn in at the City hall in Kigali on Tuesday.

Kagere during the swearing in ceremony. Photo – Gor Mahia media

Kagere started his playing career in Entebbe United in the fourth division.

He featured for Ruhinda, Kinyara, Masaka LC and Mbale Heroes before he left for greener pastures in Rwanda in 2008.

Currently, Kagere vies his trade with Gor Mahia, a club in Kenya’s top flight division.

Kagere playing with Gor Mahia

As quoted by Newstimes (Rwanda), he said:
It’s an amazing feeling to get Rwandan citizenship because I had waited for this day for a long time, I cannot wait to pull on the shirt of Rwanda again.”

Kagere earned his first cap for Rwanda National team in 2011 but his citizenship was stripped of citizenship when it emerged that many foreign players had acquired Rwandan passports illegally.

The striker posing with one of the gongs he has won. Courtesy photo

Rwanda was also disqualified from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding striker Dady Birori, who held a dual citizenship with Congo.

Other footballers Hussein Cyiza (Mukura), Jimmy Kibengo (AS Kigali), Andre Lomami (Kiyovu) and Peter Otema (Musanze) were also naturalized.

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