Rwanda’s Men’s and women national basketball teams enter residential camp this week in bid to strengthen their preparations for the 2013 Fiba Zone V Championships scheduled to kick on January 21 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Men’s team assistant coach, who is also the head coach league side Espoir, Jean Bahufite said on Wednesday, “We are beginning residential camp on Thursday at Amahoro indoor stadium. We are starting preparations with a hoist of local players while professional players will join us the following week”
“We hope for a better outing in the championship and we believe effective preparations will help us to stage a winning performance,” added Bahufute.
Bahufite acts as the assistant coach while Moise Mutokambali is the head coach. The team which is scheduled to depart for Dar es salaam has summoned profesional players like Canada-based Hamza Ruhezamihigo, Kenneth Gasana and Bradley Cameron Curtis, however, there is no place on the team for Rob Thompson and Mathew Miller.
The provisional 26-man squad includes six professional players, namely; Dan Rugamba (Seattle Community College, USA), Ruhezamihigo (Concordia, Canada), Kenneth Herbert Gasana (Ass Charab Al Hoaciema, Morocco), Isom Cedric (Primiero do Agosto, Angola), Brannon Darrius (Corr. Victoria, Mexico) and Bradley (Mississipi Gulf Coast College, USA).
The women’s team is managed by Charles Mbazumutima, who will be assisted by Charles Mushumba. The provisional 24-players squad has four professional players namely; Laetitia Mahoro, Williams Angelica Monique (USA), Henderson Tiena Monay, (Angola) and Sabine Mugeni, (France).
The championships will attract 12 countries including Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, South Sudan and hosts Tanzania.