Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) has received a financial boost worth Rwf. 20,670,000 from the International Olympic Committee to steer the development of the sport from the grassroots this year.
The financial boost has been agreed by the Oympic Solidarity was channeled through the Rwanda National Olympic Committee following a successful drafted project by the local basketball body.
Confirming the development, Ferwaba Secretary General Richard Mutabazi said “Late last year we sent our project aimed at developing the sport from the grassroots and on January 5 this year, they gave us a notification that our project would be funded wholly,”
“It’s a six-month project which will go directly in identifying potential young players in schools and academies,” added Mutabazi.
The Ferwaba Technical Director Shema Maboko Didier further added that the income will help in developing the sport and will leave the country with many potential players for the future.
“The last time we last had such a project was way back in 2005. This project left us with many talented players; some went to US while others are currently featuring for our national team,”
“We have high hopes that this time right now will leave us with many more talented players for U16 who will compete in the qualifiers for Zone V championship and world cup qualifiers,” added Shema.
The talent identification project will cover ten schools (Male and female) in different districts across the country.
These schools include; Lycee de Kigali (Kigali),College Saint Andre (Kigali),IFAK Kimihurura (Kigali),Green Hills (Kigali),GS St Ignace Kibagabaga (Kigali),College de Gisenyi-Inyemeramihigo (Uburengerazuba),GSO Butare (Amajyepfo),GS St Joseph Kabgayi (Amajyepfo),St Aloys-Rwamagana (Iburasirazuba) and Regina Pacis Secondary School-Musanze (Amajyaruguru) in boys category.
In girls category, schools which will be targeted include; St Vincent Muhoza-Musanze (Amajyaruguru), GS du Bon Conseil-Byumba (Amajyaruguru),LNDC Kigali (Kigali)
Lycee de Kigali (Kigali),Ecole Notre Dame de la Providence-Karubanda (Amajyepfo),St Joseph Kabgayi (Amajyepfo),College ADEGI (I Burasirazuba),College St Andre (Kigali)
Green Hills (Kigali) and GS St Joseph de Birambo (I Burengerazuba).