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Le Rwanda, hôte de la FIBA Afrique Zone V pour la 2e fois

Le Rwanda, hôte de la FIBA Afrique Zone V pour la 2e fois

Le Rwanda est hôte de la compétition internationale de basketball « FIBA Afrique Zone V » qui se déroule au Stade Amahoro de Kigali du 4 au 11 Octobre 2015.

Ce grand événement sportif des clubs champions qui se tient au Rwanda pour la 2e fois réunit  16 équipes championnes de basketball venant de 10 pays africains de la zone 5.

Le Rwanda, pays organisateur a aligné 4 équipes dont 2 pour les filles et deux pour les garçons. Les équipes qui représentent le Rwanda sont Espoir BBC et CSK BCC pour les garçons ainsi que APR BBC et Ubumwe BBC pour les filles.

D’autres pays qui ont participé sont l’Ethiopie, l’Egypte, l’Ouganda, le Kenya, la Tanzanie,  le Burundi et le Soudan du Sud.

Du côté masculin, les équipes sont Espoir BBC (Rwanda), City Oilers (Uganda), Savio Tanzanie), ULINZI (Kenya), Dynamo BC (Burundi), KPA (Kenya), NEL (Sud Soudan), CSK BBC (Rwanda), GEZIRA (Egypt), Tiger Head Power (Uganda)

Quant aux filles, il y a les équipes de Berco Stars (Burundi), Don Bosco (Tanzanie), USIU (Kenya), Ubumwe (Rwanda), APR (Rwanda), KCCA (Uganda).

Le terrain de l’autre gymnase situé dans l’enceinte du Stade Amahoro accueille les matchs

Le terrain de l’autre gymnase situé dans l’enceinte du Stade Amahoro accueille les matchs

Ce tournoi est sponsorisé par le Rwanda via son Ministère des Sports et de la Culture (MINISPOC), comme l’a expliqué Richard Mutabazi, Secrétaire Général de Fédération Rwandaise de Basketball (FERWABA).

« Nous n’avons pas assez de sponsors car au Rwanda, beaucoup d’institutions ne s’intéressent pas au basketball. Partout où nous avons demandé le financement, ils ont répondu négativement. Certains disaient que nous sommes venus tardivement et que leur budget est terminé. D’autres affirmant que les matchs de basketball n’ont pas beaucoup d’amateurs pour faire les publicités ».

Cependant, a ajouté Mutabazi « nous avons un partenariat avec l’Hôtel de Golden Tullip de Nyamata qui a accepté de faire la réduction pour les chambres des joueurs. Il y a aussi Kigali Today Ltd qui fait la publicité de ce tournoi ».

Kigali Today est la seule entreprise des medias qui fait la diffusion en direct de tous les matchs de cette grande manifestation sportive. Le déroulement de tous les matchs est transmis en direct en ligne via  ( comme le fait (

Théoneste Nisingizwe, journaliste sportif sur la Télévision du Rwanda (RBA), nous a livré son analyse sur ce tournoi. « Cette compétition attire beaucoup de spectateurs contrairement aux autres matchs de basketball au Rwanda ».

Nisingizwe reste optimiste que les équipes qui représentent le Rwanda dans ce tournoi comme Espoir BCC peut sortir la tête haute. Il s’est basé sur ses victoires des matchs précédents.

Mais les équipes féminines rwandaises sont faibles par rapport aux autres équipes de la région. Elles n’ont enregistré aucune victoire dans ce tournoi qui est à sa 5e journée.

Il est prévu que l’équipe de basketball (féminin, masculin) qui remporteront la victoire dans ces matchs éliminatoires de la FIBA zone 5 auront le ticket de représenter la zone 5 au niveau du continent Afrique.

October 8, 2015 By : Category : featured French Tournament Tags:,
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MVP Gasol leads Spain to EuroBasket title

 MVP Gasol leads Spain to EuroBasket title

Spain basketball team

Spain became the new European champions after beating Lithuania 80-63 in Sunday’s EuroBasket 2015 Final in Lille, France.

Yet again, Chicago Bulls centre Pau Gasol proved crucial for the Southern Europeans who led the contest from start to finish.

Playing in front of an all-time record crowd of 27 372 spectators at Lille’s Pierre Mauroy stadium, Gasol finished with game-highs 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Eventually, the 35-year-old was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

On the night that he passed Greece legendary Nikos Galis for third on the EuroBasket all-time scorer lists, Gasol took the title of EuroBasket top scorer for the third time in his career.

He also headlined the All-Tournament team along with teammate Sergio Rodriguez, France guard Nando De Colo and Lithuania duo of Jonas Valanciunas and Jonas Maciulius.

After trailing by as many as 16 points in the second quarter, Lithuania cut the deficit to just eight points in the third period, but Spain remained in total control of the contest to close out the tournament with a 7-2 mark.

Although Lithuania out-rebounded Spain 41-36 they struggled to adjust to Spain’s suffocating defense, while making only 23 of their 65 field-goal shooting (35 percent).

Mantas Kalnietis, Renaldas Seibutis and Valanciunas combined for 36 Lithuania points, but making only 10 of the 17 free-throws (59) proved costly for the Eastern Europeans.

As well as winning their third EuroBasket title in the last four editions of the tournament, Spain – along with Lithuania – booked their place in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In the third-place game, France bounced back from a disappointing Semi-Final defeat to Spain to beat Serbia 81-68.

De Colo took the leading role, sparking the hosts of the tournament Final-Phase with 20 points, while Bogdan Bognaovic paces the Serbs with 14 points.

September 22, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tags:
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Gallo Fall hails Mutombo’s induction

Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo

NBA Vice-President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall has hailed the induction of Dikembe Mutombo into the NBA Hall of Fame and the retirement of his Jersey by the Atlanta Hawks as a fitting year for the game in Africa.

Amadou told that “It’s very exciting and I think it’s good to see a great person being recognised. His career is there for all to see.”

Mutombo will be among 11 new members to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts this Friday night.

“I think it speaks to his contributions to the game by our league. Dikembe is a big Man, literally and figuratively. Everything he’s done, philanthropic work, global Ambassador, United Nations, it’s great to see him join Hakeem Olajuwon in the Hall of Fame.”

“His personality, his charisma transcends sports. He’s at home with Presidents, Kings, in Boardrooms very It’s not a coincidence He was chosen as the NBA Global Ambassador.”

Mutombo is an eight-time NBA All-Star (1992, 1995-98, 2000-02) and a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001). He led the NBA in blocked shots for five consecutive seasons (1994-98) and blocks per game for a record three consecutive seasons (1994-96). He earned NBA All-Rookie Team recognition in 1992 and All-NBA Second Team in 2001.

A native of the DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo), Mutombo attended Georgetown University (1988-1991) and played in the NBA from 1991 until 2009 recording 11 729 points, 12 359 rebounds, and 3 289 blocks in eighteen NBA seasons.

Mutombo received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009. His legendary finger-wagging motion after blocked shots became one of the most recognized gestures in the game and African fans and indeed NBA fans across the globe had the rare opportunity to see it first hand when Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon made their surprise cameo at the first NBA Africa game in Africa on August 1, 2015.

Ahmadu believes Mutombo like Hakeem Olajuwon will continue to inspire young generation of Africans as they were the pacesetters.

“I think again, you cannot authoritatively talk about the history of the NBA in Africa without Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo and Manute Bol.

“I am very proud and honoured to work with him. He has been part of everything we have done in Africa from the very beginning and has never missed a summer camp. He has been an integral part of everything we’ve done in Africa.

“He definitely has a lot of people cheering for him especially around the continent”

Other members of the 2015 Class to be inducted this weekend include: Dick Bavetta (referee), John Calipari (coach), Spencer Haywood (player), Jo Jo White (player), Lisa Leslie (player), Louis Dampier (player), George Ravelling (contributor), John Isaacs (player), Lindsay Gaze (coach, member of FIBA Hall of Fame).


September 11, 2015 By : Category : English featured 0 Comment

Ubumwe gears up for Africa Zone 5 tourney

Ubumwe Women Basketball club

Ubumwe Women Basketball club

Rwandan side Ubumwe women’s basketball club is preparing to compete at the forthcoming FIBA Africa Zone Five Club Championship slated for October 4-11 in Kigali.

The 2014 regular league champions started preparations for the regional championships two weeks ago and the team trains four times a week at KIST court and Amahoro indoor stadium.

Ubumwe side, who were born three years ago, enjoyed their maiden season in the national women’s basketball league finishing second before dethroning APR to win the 2014 title and consequently qualifying for this year’s zone five championships.

APR will also represent the country at the week-long regional tourney while 2012 winners Espoir and Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) will be the two representatives in the men’s category.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and United States International University (USIU) also from Kenya are the reigning champions in men and women’s category respectively.

September 9, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Mutombo’s honour is Africa’s pride

Mutombo's honour is Africa's pride

Dikembe Mutombo

When the likes of Bismack Biyombo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gorgui Dieng, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jahlil Okafor look at up at Philips Arena in Atlanta on and after the 24th of November they’ll see Dikembe Mutombo’s retired No 55 jersey hanging proudly. It’s something for them all to aspire towards.

These young players with African links have been set a tremendous example by the great Mutombo, who’s ‘finger-wagging’ antics and shear awe-inspiring defensive effort made him a household name. His is a career that they should all dream of having, playing for many of the top franchises in the league and doing so with distinction.

Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin declared September 1 Dikembe Mutombo day, thereby gonouring the man born in Kinshasa in the DRC for everything he’s done for the Hawks.

Mutombo’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement will take place on Friday, September 11. Koonin also highlighted the former Hawks centre’s humanitarian work. This is something that doesn’t get mentioned enough.

The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation (DMF) is an example of how much he’s willing to give back to those in need. The foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He was involved all the way through till its opening in 2007. The Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital is important to him, it’s named after his mother after all. But that isn’t all he, Mutombo, has done as he still works with numerous humanitarian organisations including the likes of UNICEF, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Right to Play and many others.

When any young player sees him they’ll know they have a guiding light, someone whose career they can emulate on and off the court. His accomplishments are world-renowned and in Atlanta they can finally say, ‘Yes! In his house.’ No finger-wagging needed.

September 7, 2015 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured Tags:
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Lakers drop Bryant future hint

 Lakers drop Bryant future hint

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers president Jim Buss hinted the club would be ready to hold discussions about possibly extending Kobe Bryant’s NBA career when the star’s current contract expires at the end of the 2015-2016 season.

Buss told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published on Friday that Bryant’s history with the Lakers ought to grant him the opportunity to call time on his career on his own terms.

“We’re going to approach it like it is, but that doesn’t mean it is,” Buss said of Bryant’s possible final season in the NBA.

“I’m not going to sit there and say, ‘This is it, Kobe, you’re done,’ because it’s not my decision, it’s his decision.”

Bryant, 37, will earn $25 million this year. He was granted a two-year contract worth $48.5 million in 2013 but has since played only 41 games over two seasons because of knee and shoulder injuries.

Buss hit back at critics of the decision to award Bryant such a generous contract despite his advancing years and injury record.

“The man has done so much for the Lakers and the fans of the Laker nation, he deserves the money,” Buss said.

“I don’t understand anybody trying to break down what I did for him. Let’s break down what he did for us, then say, what is he worth? To me, he’s worth that.”

Asked if he expected this season to be Bryant’s final year with the team, Buss reportedly extended his arms wide open and replied: “My arms are like this.”

“He just has to know, at that age, and that many miles on you, what is your role? We’ll explain the role, and if he still wants to do that and that’s how he wants to go out, that’s fine with me,” Buss said.

Bryant has won five NBA titles with the Lakers, in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

August 29, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

NBA: ‘I want to play for Philippine national team’

NBA: ‘I want to play for Philippine national team’

Jordan Clarkson

Rising NBA star Jordan Clarkson said Thursday he is eager to play for the Philippines’ national basketball team despite citizenship concerns from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

“I want to assure my Filipino brothers and sisters that, if given the chance and everything can be worked out, I sincerely wish to play for Gilas and contribute to the total team effort for flag and country,” Clarkson said in a statement released by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (SBP).

Clarkson, whose mother hails from the Philippines, is visiting the basketball-crazy Southeast Asian nation and has joined the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, for practice.

The 23-year old, who plays guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, said that he was in the country to familiarise himself with the national team and would even accompany them when they play at the 2015 Jones Cup basketball tournament in Taiwan.

The basketball association’s executive director Sonny Barrios said he was hopeful they could clear all the requirements of FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, in time to get Clarkson to play for Gilas in China in September at the Asia qualifying round for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.

“He is simply stating his willingness, he is not stating that he will play,” Barrios clarified.

Barrios told AFP that the association was rushing to submit the documents that would allow Clarkson to play as a Filipino for Gilas Pilipinas in the Olympic qualifier.

The deadline for naming the Philippine team for the qualifier is September 8 but Barrios said they would have to submit Clarkson’s documents even sooner.

“We have to submit it ASAP so they will still have time to evaluate. I am racing against time,” he said.

FIBA rules allow one naturalised player on each national team but the Philippines already has a naturalised player in its squad, former Brooklyn Nets centre Andray Blatche.

August 27, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:
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NBA, Deng Foundation partner for UK dev’t

Luol Deng

Luol Deng

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Luol Deng Foundation, a non-profit organisation that uses basketball as a tool to give hope to those in Africa, the US and the UK, will again collaborate to support the DENG Camp TOP 50 led by two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan).

The DENG Camp TOP 50, a four-day residential basketball camp for boys ages 18 and under from across the UK, tips off today and runs through August 22 at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. The NBA will provide sports apparel and prizes for the participants, who have been selected by a panel of national and club team coaches.

The camp will focus on basketball development and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, discipline, dedication, fitness and healthy living.

“We have always looked at doing a camp for the most talented kids in the UK, and now seems a better time than ever to do it,” said Deng. “The selected players will take part in a three-day camp to give them an idea of what the next level is like. I’m excited about the camp, and I truly believe this will have a huge impact on these players and UK basketball.”

“The NBA is thrilled to partner with the Luol Deng Foundation once again, and we are inspired by Luol’s relentless commitment to grassroots basketball development here in the UK,” said Neal Meyer, NBA Senior Director of Basketball Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Luol is an inspiration to young basketball players across Great Britain and for the second straight year the NBA will support his Foundation’s efforts to attract more youth to the sport while also teaching the values of the game.”

Deng was born in South Sudan and became a British citizen in 2006, having moved to London with his family in 1994. The 6’9’’ forward was drafted seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In 2006-07 he was the only Bulls player to start all 82 regular-season games. He joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in January 2014, during which time he was voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented annually to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. He is currently a forward with the Miami Heat. Earlier this month in Johannesburg, South Africa, he captained Team Africa in the first NBA Africa Game, where he won co-MVP honours.


August 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Shaq picks Michael Jordan over LeBron James – but ‘Dr J was best’

Shaq picks Michael Jordan over LeBron James - but 'Dr J was best'

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaquille O’Neal weighed into basketball’s great debate on Tuesday when he backed a young Michael Jordan to beat LeBron James one-on-one — but added that both were outshone by the legendary Dr. J.

O’Neal, visiting Hong Kong to promote an energy drink, faced both Jordan and James in their prime and when asked who would win a hypothetical match-up, he didn’t hesitate.

“Mike,” said O’Neal, winner of four NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) and the Miami Heat (2006). “I think you have to go with a young Jordan every time.”

O’Neal was addressing an issue which has captured the imagination during the NBA off-season after both James and Jordan insisted they would win if they clashed at the height of their powers.

In comments splashed by media, Jordan said he would come out on top “No question”, while James retorted to the NBC’s Today show: “I’m gonna take myself versus anybody”.

But Shaq, 43, said he’d side with Chicago Bulls star Jordan over Cleveland’s James.

“It would be an interesting game,” said O’Neal. “Young LeBron was more like (Lakers Hall of Famer) Magic Johnson. He was sort of like Magic with Jordan’s abilities. He liked to pass, and he liked to get it up.

“But Mike was Mike. He was just special, like no one else. He always did things no one else could do, and things you couldn’t compare to anyone else. So he was special, and he’d win.”

The 30-year-old James’ star continues to rise through two NBA titles with the Miami Heat (2011-12, 2012-13), four NBA MVPs, and a return to his hometown of Cleveland on a mission to lead the Cavaliers to their first title.

There has also been much debate over whether he, or the now-retired Jordan — with six NBA titles and five NBA MVPs to his name — could be labelled the greatest of all time.

But O’Neal threw another player into the mix when he said 1970s and 1980s superstar Julius Erving AKA Dr J was the best he had ever seen.

“I’ve seen young Mike and young LeBron and I must say Dr. J is still my favourite player,” said O’Neal. “A lot of people today don’t even mention his name but to me I still think he was the best. But these are questions that we’ll never know the answer to.

“It’s a bit like if I met Bruce Lee in an alleyway. Who would win? You’ll never know. Some people say well Bruce would kick Shaq’s ass. Some people say well Shaq is two times bigger than Bruce Lee. It’s a good question, a good conversation. But we’ll never know.”

August 18, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA Tags:
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Star-studded USA prepare Olympic title defence

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

The USA team is back in action on Tuesday to begin their defense of the Olympic Games title, and Indiana Pacers guard Paul George has re-joined the team after suffering a gruesome leg injury last summer.

A year ago, George was practicing with the USA team, who were gearing up for the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup in Spain, when he broke his right leg, which forced him to sit out most of the 2014-14 NBA season.

While George watched the World Cup from the small screen, as the Americans went on to beat Serbia in the final in the Spanish capital, Madrid, last September.

George is among the 34-player preliminary squad, selected by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, which will attend a three-day training camp in Las Vegas from Tuesday.

“I feel great,” George said.

“I still notice some things that are not Paul George characteristic yet, but I feel good and the good thing is we’re still in mid-summer. By training camp, I’ll be ready to go.”

The preparation will culminate with a USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Vegas on Thursday.

However, coach Krzyzewski will only announce his final 12-player roster next July shortly before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The USA will travel to Brazil as the two-time Olympic defending champions as well as holding a 63-game winning streak.

The Americans last lost a game at the 2006 World Cup in Japan. At the time they fell 101-95 to Greece in the semifinals.

Among the 34 players, coach Krzyzewski has invited 2012 London gold medalists LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis.

Jerry Collangelo, the team’s General Manager, said: “We set out to create a new culture and create a situation where players once again were proud to represent their country.

“We also had to win back the respect of the world basketball community.

“When you’re climbing the mountain to recapture something, that’s one thing,” Colangelo said. “Defending the next time around is another, and now it’s maintaining. We recognise, we appreciate, we respect the other teams and we take nothing for granted.”

USA’s preliminary squad for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Mike Conley, Michael Carter-Williams, James Harden, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay, Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Harrison Barnes, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee.


August 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured Teams 0 Comment