Rwanda’s basketball player Kami Kabange was crowned men’s playoffs Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2013 basketball awards held at Imperial Royale Hotel.
The Congolese-born Rwandan big man received a near-unanimous standing ovation from the fraternity.
No one had doubts about who deserved to win the most prestigious award in any basketball culture as Kabange led City Oilers to a 4-3 final series victory over Falcons.
He averaged 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds through the series and his side-kick Jimmy Enabu was only an escort and Kabange could get any hug he wanted in the room. He received so many hugs from everyone.
“It’s good to win this but importantly the team won in its first season in the national league,” the humble Kabange said, smiles aplenty. Beyond Kabange and the obvious awards like top scorer, which he also took, the rest was littered with arguments including Peace Proscovia’s rather expected women’s playoffs MVP gong.
The UCU Lady Canons centre played only two of the six finals’ games against KCCA Leopards having had to travel to Singapore for a netball tournament. Proscovia, also best netballer for 2013, is also in the running for the journalists’ sports personality of the year gong.