KIGALI CITY is yet to confirm its participation in the 16th edition of the East and Central Africa Inter-Cities Basketball Championship to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from May 6-11.
Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) acting president, Richard Jules, told Tanzania media that preparations for the event were on course.
The cities that are expected to send teams to the tournament include Mombasa, Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura, Mogadishu, Mbeya, Tanga, Mwanza and hosts Dar es Salaam.
However, Bruno Rangira, Director of Media and Communication at Kigali City Council said on Thursday, “We are yet to get any invitation to take part in the tournament. Hopeful hosts Dar es salaam will make an official request which we will base on to confirm our participation,”
Last year’s event saw Nairobi (women) and Mombasa (men) winning the trophy. Nairobi women have won the highest number of trophies in this tournament—claiming 11 of the 15.
Ghana World Cup squad leaked
Ghana Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah has named a provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to reports in the local media.
The list, said to have been leaked to the media on Wednesday, was widely publicized.
According to the state-run Ghana News Agency, Appiah named Leicester City’s Jeff Schlupp and England-based Emmanuel Frimpong in his squad for the summer tournament.
Schlupp was named among the 10 selected defenders of the 30 players in the list expected to be pruned to 23 for the competition.
Frimpong is among 12 midfielders expected to begin preparations on May 26 ahead of the World Cup, Ghana’s third in succession.
According to the source, Aduana Star’s goalkeeper Stephen Adams remains the only locally-based player in the team with four goalkeepers.
Also named in the squad is Italian Serie A side Sassoulo’s Yussif Raman Chibsah.
Making a return after months of absence are Anthony Annan and Isaac Vorsah.
Appiah is said to have presented the list to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) ahead of the official submission to the global body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) next month.
The GFA is however yet to comment on the leaked list.
Ghana has been drawn in Group G of the FIFA World Cup alongside the United States, Germany and Portugal, and will play its opening Group game at the Arena das Dunas in Natal against the United States.
The Black Stars will begin camping from May 25 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Agyei, Fatua Dauda and Stephen Adams
Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Jonathan Mensah, Baba Rahman, Harrison Afful, Jeff Schulpp, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Jerry Akaminko and Rashid Sumaila
Sulley Muntari, Mubarak Wakaso, Mohammed Rabiu, Michael Essien, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Anthony Annan, Yusif Raman Chipsah, Andre Ayew, Kwadjo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Emmanuel Frimpong and Albert Adoma
Jordan Ayew, Abdul Majeed Warris, Asamoah Gyan, Kevin Prince Boateng.