Rwanda’s Kwizera retires after receiving drug sanction

Rwanda’s Kwizera retires after receiving drug sanction
Olivier Kwizera of Rwanda

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 26, 2021. 13:00

Former Rwanda national team goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera has retired from professional football at the age of 27.

Kwizera’s decision comes shortly after he was handed a one-year suspended jail sentence for a drug offence. The player was found guilty of illegally consuming marijuana, which is a punishable offence in Rwanda despite the production and exportation of cannabis being allowed under law.

“My contract with Rayon Sports has expired and I don’t want to continue anywhere else,” said Kwizera to Flash FM, as quoted by KT Press.

Meanwhile, New Times quotes the ‘keeper as saying, “I had planned on quitting football for a while, so it is not a sudden decision.”

Kwizera’s retirement is a blow to the Rwandan national team, with the Kigali-born player regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country. He represented Amavubi at the African Nations Championship earlier this year.

In his club career, the ‘keeper started out at Isonga FC but made his name and rose to prominence while playing for APR FC between 2013 and 2016. He later moved to Bugesera FC before joining the South African side Free State Stars in 2017.

In 2019 he returned home and spent six months with Gasogi United before joining Rayon Sports for one season – which turned out to be his last as a professional.

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