Former AFC Leopards keeper to embark on coaching career

Former AFC Leopards keeper to embark on coaching career

Former AFC Leopards goalkeeper Eric 'Bakame' Ndayishimiye has said that he plans to pursue a coaching career soon as he hangs up his gloves in the near future.

The veteran shot-stopper is currently plying his trade at Rwandan Premier League side AS Kigali.

The 32-year-old told Times Sport that he has his future all planned and as soon as he is done with active football, he will embark on his new career sharpening the next generation goalkeepers.

“I want to pursue a coaching career as soon as I retire because I feel I still have something to offer in the development of football in the country. I want to grow my coaching career so I can gain experience to become a great goalkeepers’ coach,” he said.

“I enjoyed good times as a player and I want to be a coach who can inspire youngsters to become great goalkeepers who can achieve even more than we did,” Bakame said.

Ndayishimiye started his career in 2006 with the now-defunct Atraco helping them win their maiden CECAFA Club Championship title after they beat Al Merreikh in Khartoum in 2009. 

He later switched sides joining military side APR and won three league titles, three Peace Cups and one CECAFA Kagame Cup in 2010 before joining arch-rivals Rayon Sport in 2013. At Rayon, he won league titles in the 2013/14 and 2016/17 seasons as well as Peace Cup in 2016.

He later joined Kenyan side AFC Leopards for a forgettable two-year stint where he struggled to make his mark at the former Kenyan Premier League champions. 

He left a year later to rejoin AS Kigali where he has been rebuilding his career and had been named in the Rwandan squad that was to prepare for the cancelled African Nations Championship.

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