Rwanda vs. Uganda
RWANDA is primed to beat Uganda in the final game of the Fiba Zone V qualifiers so as to snatch a ticket to the Afrobasket championships.
Rwanda has registered two wins over Kenya and Somalia but lost once to defending champions Egypt in the opening game. Egypt has won all its two matches and have Somalia and Kenya to play against before winding up their campaign.
Now Rwanda must at least post a win over Uganda to at least be assured of snatching an Afrobasket ticket as Egypt is most likely to win the tournament and even qualify for the All Africa Games.
The head coach Moise Mutokambali said on Wednesday, “I must congratulate my players for staging a good show against Somalia. It’s was a vital win were players exhibited good display,”
“We have three days to rest and recover ahead of Sunday’s game against Uganda. It’s a must win for us so as to seal our qualification for Afrobasket. I will have a fully fit squad and its good news that Kenneth Gasana is back and in three days, he will be fully fit to boost our chances of winning our final game,” added Mutokambali.
On Wednesday, Rwanda defeated Somalia 85-71 to register her second win in the tournament. Rwanda, who defeated Kenya 82-77 on Tuesday, extended their fine recovery following the opening day 63-79 loss to defending champions Egypt.
Action resumes today with defending champions Egypt playing Kenya (men) and Egypt meeting Uganda (women).
On Saturday, win-less Somalia face Kenya (men), Kenya take on Egypt (women) and Kenya play Uganda (men).
Rwanda will be in action in a decisive match against hosts Uganda in the final match of the tournament on Sunday.
Egypt is the defending champions after beating Rwanda last year in the final. The other teams in the men’s category include; Uganda, Somalia, Kenya and Burundi.
The women’s category groups Uganda, Burundi, Egypt and Kenya.
The teams that win the event will automatically qualify for the Afro Basketball and next year’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville. Uganda’s men’s team last won the Zone 5 championship in 2004.
The winning men and women’s teams in the eight-day championships will represent the region in the Afrobasket championships. They will also qualify for next year’s All Africa Games in Congo.