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Ruhezamihigo dropped after requesting Rwf7m for call-up



RWANDA BASKETBALL Federation, FERWABA has snubbed Canada-based professional Hamza Ruhezamigo in preparations for the upcoming 2014 FIBA Africa Zone V Nations qualifiers.

The event was earlier scheduled for June 12-18 but it was adjourned by FIBA to September 21-28.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation General Secretary Richard Mutabazi said in Friday’s news briefing that Ruhezamihigo requested certain things in order to honour the national team call.

Among other things, Ruhezamihigo demanded to be paid US$10,000 (Rwf.7m) as reimbursement for the duration he will spend off work in Canada to honour the national team call.

“Ruhezamihigo demanded money which we could not afford because even the little we have is not enough to prepare a single national team. We will concentrate on preparing the available players,” added Mutabazi.

Ruhezamihigo was first selected to the national team in 2007 and has participated with Rwanda in last 4 Fiba Afro-basket championships since then-in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

September 16, 2014 By : Category : English featured Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

US breeze past Lithuania into World Cup final

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US centre De Marcus Cousins (left) vies with Lithuania’s centre Jonas Valanciunas during the 2014 FIBA World Basketball championships semi-final match between Lithunia and USA

The United States moved a step closer to retaining basketball’s World Cup on Thursday as they beat Lithuania 96-68 in Barcelona to reach the final.

Kyrie Irving had 18 points while Klay Thompson and James Harden both had 16 points and Stephen Curry added 13 for the Americans, who also beat Lithuania in the semi-finals of the 2010 Worlds en route to their title in Turkey.

The US will be playing in their eighth final on Sunday and shooting for their fifth title overall.

They will take on the winner of the second semi-final on Friday between Serbia and France – the latter who shocked the hosts Spain in the quarter-finals.

Yugoslavia were the last nation to defend the world title when they were crowned champions in 1998 and 2002 — the second being their fifth and final crown.


Lithuania were led by MindaugasKuzminskas with 15 points — three more than he had scored in total coming into the game — while Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and AdasJuskevicius added 12.

The Baltic team, who committed 21 turnovers, will take on the loser of the second semi-final for third place on Saturday.

“It is always a great honour to play against Lithuania. What a great basketball country! We had so many good games with them,” said United States coach Mike Krzyzewski, while his Lithuanian counterpart Jonas Kazlauskas admitted that class told in the end.

“When you are playing against Team USA, you cannot lose control for one minute. That can change everything,” he acknowledged.

Lithuania hung close in the early going and even led 13-10, but the Americans went on their first spurt with an 8-0 run to go up 18-13. The lead was 21-16 after 10 minutes.

The defending champions pushed the advantage to 10 points at 32-22, but Kuzminskas was one of the few Lithuanians who was effective in the second quarter in keeping the game close and the first half ended with the US up 43-35.

The Americans wasted no time putting away Lithuania in the second half, however, scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter.

In total, they used an 18-4 run for a 61-39 lead. The advantage continued to grow throughout the third quarter and the lead was 76-49 with 10 minutes to play.

The champions were never threatened after that.


September 15, 2014 By : Category : English featured Teams Tags:,
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Financial constraints force women hoops out of Zone V tourney

The women’s team captain Honore Ayebare, (left) seen here playing against Uganda during the 2011 Zone V tourney in Kigali

The women’s team captain Honore Ayebare, (left) seen here playing against Uganda during the 2011 Zone V tourney in Kigali

Lack of funds has forced the women national basketball team to withdraw from the upcoming Fiba/Africa Zone Five Championships scheduled for September 21-30 in Kampala, Uganda.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) secretary general Richard Mutabaziconfirmed the development this week.

He told the press, “We initially requested the funds from the Ministry of Sports and Culture but surprisingly we got less than 1/3 of what we had asked thus taking the option of ruling our team out of the regional championship,”

“It would have been a good platform to see the standard of our women national team but since we don’t have any funds to do so, we will wait until next year to try out our luck,” added a saddened Mutabazi.

Previously, the women’s team had featured in the African basketball championships (Afro-basket) in 2009 and 2011, while men have been at the finals tournament since 2007.

Last year, the men’s team under the guidance of MoiseMotokambalifinished tenth at the 16-team continental meet in Ivory Coast.

The men’s team has already started camp and it is mainly dominated by players featuring in the national league.

They include players from reigning champions Espoir namely; Aristide Mugabe, LionnelHakizimana, Pascal KarekeziRurangirwa, ElieKaje, Olivier Shyaka and BienvenueNgandu.

Others are; Aboubakar Ally Barame (CSK), Alphonse Habyarimana, Steven Havugintwari and Jean Paul Ndoli (IPRC-Kigali), PacifiqueHabyarimana and Ali KazingufuKubwimana (KBC), Parfait IShimwe, Ernest NestonManzi and Sunny Munyandamutsa (APR) and Olivier Muhizi (UGB).

Professionals are: Kami Kabange (Uganda), Kenneth Gasana (Morocco), Bradley Cameroon (USA), Yannick Nicolas Gihana (France), while Canada-based team captain Hamza Ruhezamihigo remains a major doubt.

September 10, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Focus turns national team hoops

Focus turns national team hoops

Focus has been shifted to the national basketball team as it gears up for the Fiba/Africa Zone V Championships scheduled for September 21-30 in Kampala, Uganda.

 Over the weekend, Espoir basketball club beat rivals CercleSportif de Kigali 85-54 in Game Four to win the play-offs crown for the third season in a row.

 In-front of a sparse crowd, defending champions Espoir dominated the game in what was expected to be a nail-biting clash, winning all four quarters; 35-17, 19-13, 16-11 and 25-13 respectively.

 Former national U-18 team captain Pascal Karekezi and Congolese-born powerful forward BienvenueNgandu of Espoir each scored 18 points for Jean Bahufite’s champions, while CSK’s Buzangu brothers Mike and Patrick scored 13 and 11 points respectively.

 Nyamirambo-based Espoir won the best of five final series 3-1 having taken Games 1 and 2 but lost Game 3 two weeks ago. The playoffs title completes another double for Espoir following success in the regular season league.

 Ubumwe BC won the women’s regular league and playoffs titles to end APR’s dominance.

 The regional competition will also serve as qualifiers for 2015 All Africa Games in the Republic of Congo and 2015 Afro-basket Championships, which will be held in Tunisia.

 Both the men and women teams started residential camp today at Hotel La Pallisse, Nyandungu and training at Amahoro indoor stadium ahead of the regional event.

 The regional competition will also serve as qualifiers for 2015 All Africa Games in the Republic of Congo and 2015 Afro-basket Championships, which will be held in Tunisia.


France-based Nicolas YannickGihana, who will be marking his debut, was the first to arrive on Saturday, while Kami Kabange, who plays for Ugandan side City Oilers joined on Sunday.

 US-based Bradley Cameron is expected to arrive on Tuesday (tomorrow) while Kenny Gasana, who plies his trade in Morocco, is expected on Thursday.

 The national team’s captain Hamza Ruhezamihigo, based in Canada, is the only player yet to confirm the exact date of arrival.

 The Men’s team will be without US-based trio of Patrice Twagirayezu, Dan Manzi and Adonis Rugamba as well as TierrySukusuku based in France due to school commitments.

 The men’s team is coached by MoiseMutokambali, while the women’s is being handled by Jacques Bahige.

September 10, 2014 By : Category : English Tournament 0 Comment

Ruhezamigo available for zone 5 tourney

Ruhezamigo available for zone 5 tourney

Rwanda’s Hamza Ruhezamihigo

National men’s basketball captain Hamza Ruhezamigo has confirmed his availability for the Africa zone five tournament set for Kampala.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Kampala from September 21-28 and according to the Rwanda Basketball Federation officials, Canada-based Ruhezamihigo will be in the team which will compete in the tourney.

The team is supposed to start residential training camp on September 1. Ruhezamihigo was first selected to the national team in 2007 and has participated with Rwanda in last 4 Fiba Afro-basket championships since then—in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

In addition to Ruhezamihigo, five other foreign based players have been summoned to the team, notably, Kenneth Gasana (Morocco), Bradley Cameroon, Patrice Twagirayezu, Dan Manzi, Adonis Rwabigwi (US) and Thierry Suku Suku (France).

The regional showpiece will also attract defending champions Egypt, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and hosts Uganda.

Both finalists will earn a ticket to the African basketball championships to be staged next year in Tunisia, while the winner will also represent the region in next year’s All Africa Games due in the Republic of Congo.

September 4, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight 0 Comment

Urunani retain title, Espoir finish a distant sixth

Urunani Basketball club

Urunani Basketball club

BURUNDI’S URUNANI on Sunday overpowered hosts KPA with a 59-68 win to lift the men’s Zone 5 Basketball title in a tense, thrilling match staged at the Makande Hall in Mombasa.

Urunani had a powerful start winning the opening quarter 14-06 as KPA played a catching up game in the second and third quarter where they had narrow wins of 17-15, 15-12.

Urunani recovered well in the final quarter for the match to take overall chart   strength posting a 27-12 triumph for an overall performance that saw them crowned champions.

USIU women team, The Flames won the women’s title after defeating KPA in the finals also played at the same venue.

The four teams USIU, KPA (Men and women) and Urunani will represent the region at the Africa Club Championships slated for November in Tunisia.

Rwandan club Espoir who two years ago won the regional club title staged a poor performance to finish a distant sixth position together with APR, the women’s club clinching the same position.

Final classification


1- Urunani (Bdi)

2- KPA (Ken)

3- City Oilers (Ugda)

4- Tiger Head Power (Uga)

5- Coop Bank (Kya)


7- Etho Water Sport (Eth.)

8- I.L.S (Somalia)



1- United States International University (Ken)

2- KPA (Kya)

3- KCCA (Ug)

4- Berco Stars (Bdi)

5- UCU (Ug)

6- APR Ladies (Rwa)

7- Don Bosco (Tza)

8- Government House Sports Club (Eth)


Individual awards

Top scorers

Women: ClareLamunu(KCCA) 111 Pts

Men: Elvis Hakizimana(Urunani) 78 Pts


Most outstanding players

Women: Florence Kalume (Berco Stars)

Men: Ben Komatech (City Oilers)


Most Valuable Players

Women: Chan Sarah Chan (USIU)

Men: Landry Ndikumana(Urunani)


September 2, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

Espoir, APR knocked out of Zone V Basketball tourney


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Espoir (Rwa) 72-50 E. W.S (Eth)


KPA (Ken) 60-38 APR (Rwa)

Rwandan clubs Espoir (men) and APR (women) have been knocked out of this year’s Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships after failing to progress from their groups in Mombasa, Kenya.

Former winners Espoir Basketball Club failed in their quest for a second regional title on Wednesday following a 43-69 loss to hosts Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). The home-side won all the four quarters 16-15, 19-14, 15-8, and 19-6 respectively.

Nyamirambo-based Espoir had also lost the opening match 64-58 to Uganda’s City Oilers on Monday, but picked a consolation 72-50 win over Ethiopia Water Sports on Thursday, which was not enough as the damage had already been done.

In women’s category, APR BC, who were seeking for the first Zone V title saw their hopes shuttered in the 43-69 defeat at the hands of KPA in the final group game yesterday. They had previously lost 61-34 to Uganda’s KCCA on Monday but won 64-51 over Government House of Ethiopia on Wednesday.

They will now vie for classification matches which begun on Friday at the KPA Welfare Gymnasium in Mombasa, Kenya.

September 1, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:, ,
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APR register first win in Fiba Zone V tourney

APR register first win in Fiba Zone V tourney



APR (Rwa) 64-51 GHA (Eth)

Don Bosco (Tan) 49-72 USIU (Ken)

APR women basketball club recorded their maiden win in the on-going FIBA/Africa Zone V Championship in Mombasa, Kenya as they mauled Government House of Ethiopia 64-51 on Wednesday.

Charles Mbazumutima’s military side controlled the game from the start, winning the first three quarters: 18-16, 19-12 and 17-12 before the Ethiopians snatched the fourth quarter 12-11. Charlotte Umugwaneza scored a game high 17 points and her team mate JoselyneMunyaneza added 15 points for the Rwanda side.

The win for the Rwandan team, follows the 36-61 defeat in the opening game against Uganda’s KCCA on Monday.

APR was expected to face KPA of Kenya Thursday by press time as they seek to  advance to the last four.

August 29, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Espoir finds it tough in Mombasa

Day 3 results, Wednesday

Day 3 results, Wednesday

APR (Rwa) 64-51 Gha (Eth)

Bercostars (Bur) 68-49 UCU (Uga)

KPA (Ken) 53-49 KCCA (Uga)

Don Bosco (Tz) 49-73 USIU (Ken)


Coop Bank (Ken) 54-62 Urunani (Bur)

KPA (Ken) 69-43 Espoir (Rwa)

City Oilers (Uga) 59-43 Etho Water Sport (Eth)

Tiger head Power (Uga) 92-42 I.L.S (Som) 42

RWANDAN CHAMPIONSEspoir basketball club suffered a major blow in their bid to win the Fiba Zone V championship as they lost their second game of the tournament on Wednesday at Makande Gymnasium, Mombasa in Kenya.

After losing the first game to Uganda’s City Oilers 58-64, Espoir hoped to recover by defeating KPA of Kenya in the second game on Wednesday. However, their wish was dimmed away by the Kenyan side who subjected them to a 43-69 (15-16, 14-19, 04-15, 06-19) loss with Buzangu’s brothers Mike and Bienvenu scoring 11 points each.

With the second loss for the Nyamirambo-based club, Espoir are behind KPA and City Oilers who have a clean sheet and are likely to emerge as the two best group winners that will proceed to the next round.

In the other Group A match, City Oilers defeated Etho Water Sport of Ethiopia 59-43.

In group B, defending champions Urunani from Burundi is determined on retaining the title as they winning two matches of their opening matches against Kenya’s Coop Bank and ILS of Somalia.

Urunani beat Co-op Bank 62-54 and ILS 93-33 respectively.

On Thursday,decisive games in all groups (A&B) were set to be played as KPA would battle against the Ugandan club City Oilers as they bid for table leaders while Espoir was expected to face Etho Water Sport of Ethiopia.

In group B later, Urunani was expected to face Tiger Head Power from Uganda which has not lost any game in the two matches played so far.

August 29, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Title-holders Urunani snubs Zone 5 Hoops tournament

Urunani players going through shooting practice before last year’s final against Espoir in Bujumbura

Urunani players going through shooting practice before last year’s final against Espoir in Bujumbura

Defending champions Urunani of Burundi backed out of the year’s Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships which is underway in Mombasa, Kenya due to financial constraint.

The decision has also forced two other Burundian teams—Newstars (men) and Berco Stars (women) from taking part in the tournament.

According to reports in the Burundian media, the Burundian Ministry of Sports had promised to offer US$750 to each of the three clubs, yet each team needed at least US$900 to make the trip. Therefore, after failing to raise the money, they decided to pull out.

Urunani’s withdrawal, gives a big chance to two-time Rwandan champions Espoir because Burundian clubs have been their major threat in the competition in the last few years.

Last year, in Bujumbura, Urunani beat Espoir in the final 65-56, while Eagle Wings from Kenya retained the title after overcoming their Nairobi archrivals USIU 67-62 in the final game.

Espoir won Zone V title in 2012 after beating Urunani 90-39 in the final when the tournament was held in Kampala, Uganda. Apart from Espoir, Rwanda will also be represented by APR in the women category.

The withdrawal of the three Burundian teams brings down the number of teams participating in this year’s edition to 15—eight for men and seven for women.

The men’s teams include; Etho Water (Ethiopia), Coop Bank and KPA (Kenya), Espoir (Rwanda), I.L.S (Somalia) City Oliers, Tiger Head Power (Uganda) and JFK (Tanzania).

The women category has; Government House (Ethiopia), KPA and USIU (Kenya) APR (Rwanda), KCCA and UCU (Uganda) and Don Bosco (Tanzania).

August 26, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured inthespotlight 0 Comment