Reigning champions Espoir basketball club will represent Rwanda at the inaugural GJ (Dr. George Jones) sports medical center tournament scheduled for February 13-16 at Nyayo indoor stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
Espoir head coach Jean Bahufite made the confirmation over the weekend when his side kicked off pre-season preparations.
Doctor George Jones, based in Dubai, on Friday launched his entry into Africa more specifically in Kenya by unveiling his ‘transform minimally invasive surgery center’ in Africa that will be based in Nairobi.
At the same occasion, he officially announced the 2014 GJ club basketball tournament for East Africa that will attract 16 men and women’s teams.
Nyamirambo-based Espoir were invited following their superb performance in two consecutive seasons where they won two league and play-offs titles respectively, suffering just a single defeat all season and finishing unbeaten a season before.
They also won one Fiba Africa Zone V championship title in 2012 and were beaten in the final of last year’s edition by Burundi’s Urunani in August in Bujumbura.
The winner of the tournament will pocket Ksh500.000 (approximated Rwf3.5m).
In a related development, the 2014 league is scheduled to kick-off on February 22 according to the provisional draft which will be approved by the Rwanda basketball federation (Ferwaba) general assembly set to sit this Sunday at the federation’s headquarters at Amahoro stadium.