Preparations of Gisembe basketball tournament organized by Espoir Basketball club in memory of Emmanuel Ntarugera “Gisembe” are in high gear. The tournament will kick off on 18th January this year in Kigali.
Emmanuel Ntarugera ‘Gisembe’ was two meters tall and among the best players of Espoir Basketball Club.
He was killed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. In an interview with the Executive Secretary of Espoir BC Richard Mutabazi, he said that they invited foreign clubs to participate in the annual tournament that will be taking place for the 5th time.
The invited clubs include one from Burundi and another one from Congo. Teams from Burundi are; New stars, Muzinga and Urunani. But Urunani the defending champion of this competition confirmed that they won’t be able to participate because the players were tired after taking part in the African basketball championship.
Virunga team from the Democratic Republic of Congo hasn’t yet confirmed its participation.
Rwandan clubs have not yet been invited because they want to first confirm with foreign clubs that will be attending in the one day competition.
Mutabazi says they hope for the games to be successful because preparations are so far going well.
Gisembe Memorial competition started in 1996 and Espoir the organizers of the competition won the first trophy. APR BBC has also taken it several times ever since it began.