Rwanda vs Burkina Faso
Rwanda vs Morocco
Rwanda vs Tunisia
RWANDA national men’s basketball team will be gearing to finish inside the best ten African countries when the 27th edition of the African Basketball Championships (Afro-basket) gets underway in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from August 20 to 31.
The national team which leaves Friday night is confident and working hard on realising the target.
The only East African nation to ever compete in the continental event, Rwanda qualified for this year’s championships following their impressive performance at the Zone V tournament held in Tanzania early this year. Rwanda lost in the final to Egypt 82-76.
Rwanda will be making a fourth consecutive appearance since its debut in 2007. Rwanda will face-off with Egypt on Sunday in a warm-up match.
Head coach Moise Mutokambali said, “We will be wanting to finish inside the top ten. The boys know what is at stake and we hope to achieve the set target,”
In the last edition in Madagascar in 2011, Rwanda finished 12th, while their group opponents Morocco, finished sixth and Tunisia beat for winners Angola 67-57 to lift the title and qualify for 2012 London Olympic games.
Efforts of securing the travelling team was futile by press time.
Rwanda will open up their campaign against Burkina Faso on August 21, take on Morocco two days later before taking on title holders Tunisia on August 25.
The tournament also acts as the qualifiers for the world basketball championships set to be held in Spain next year.