THREE-TIME champions Espoir basketball club is eager to end their seven-year medal drought by winning this year’s national basketball league title according to club coach Jean Bahufite.
Bahufite said, “My team is ready for the season and that is why have won the opening six games. This is a statement that we are ready for the challenge and surely we will achieve it,”
In its bid to ensure the successful launch of the title, Espoir signed two Congolese players from APR before the start of the season. They are point guards Bienvenu Ngambi and Kami Kabange. And both have made instant impact.
The Nyamirambo-based side has won their first six games, a feat that has made one of the oldest teams in the country to dream again after years of being in the shadows of first APR and more recently CSK and KBC.
The three-time national league champions Espoir will come up against joint league leaders and reigning champions KBC, this Friday, in a clash between the only two unbeaten teams.
Espoir lead the league table standing with 12 points, along with KBC but the former have averaged more points after six games.
The Rafiki side won the league title in 1999, 2004 and 2005. Their most recent silverware came in August, this year, when they beat Urunani of Burundi 90-39 to win the Zone V club title in Kampala.