Rwanda national basketball team has ruled out three national team professional players ahead of this month’s Fiba Zone V Championships slated for January 21-27 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Men’s team head coach Moise Mutokambali told the press over the weekend that former captain Ruhezamihigo will miss the tournament due to heavy work schedules and Isome will not be available after his new team (Primiero do Agosto) refused to release him because they have other competitions, while Darrius is attending to his wife, who gave birth in mid week.
Despite missing key players, Mutokambali has trust in the available players to do a good job as Rwanda seeks to retain the title they won back in 2011 at home.
Dan Rugamba (Seattle Community College) and Bradley Cameron Curtis (Mississippi Gulf Coast College, USA) have joined the camp, while Kenneth Herbert Gasana (Ass Charab Al Hoaciema, Morocco) and Thierry Sukusuku will join next week.
The team will also be without Rob Thompson and Mathew Miller, two players, who played key roles when Rwanda won the Zone V qualifier in 2009 and 2011.