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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Deng to cast eye over young African talent

Luol Deng

Luol Deng

The National Basketball Association (NBA), in partnership with the Federation of Ugandan Basketball Association, (FUBA) announced on Wednesday that two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat will be the guest of honour at the 2015 FUBA Jr. NBA League Finals, set to take place on Saturday, August 15 at the Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda.

The FUBA Jr. NBA League was created to leverage the excitement of the NBA and inspire more youth to participate in basketball through a fun and positive experience with the sport. The league also promotes core values such as teamwork, leadership, fitness and healthy living through league games and competition.

“Following the success of the first NBA game on the African continent, we are very excited to have Luol with us in Kampala at the Jr. NBA League Finals,” said Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa. “This event will be the culmination of a successful inaugural season and I look forward to spending time with Ugandan youth once again.”

“This year, we will host Luol Deng, one of the greatest African basketball players to play in the NBA,” said Ambrose Tashobya, FUBA President. “It is our hope that young aspiring basketball players such as those in the FUBA Jr. NBA League will be inspired to follow their dreams and reach for the stars when they meet and interact with such amazing talent from Africa.”

The FUBA Jr. NBA League, which is open to boys ages 12-15, featured 30 teams from schools across Kampala competing in the Eastern and Western Conference. Regular inter-conference league games have been played at various school courts every weekend since the launch of the league in May. The top eight teams from each conference qualified for the playoffs.

The Conference Semifinals took place on Saturday, August 8 at Kabira International School, while the Conference Finals were held on Sunday, August 9 at Kampala Parents School. The third-place game will be played on August 15 prior to the championship game that will determine the first 2015 FUBA Jr. NBA League Champion.

The second season of FUBA Jr. NBA League will commence in April 2016.

The NBA recently launched a similar league for girls in Maputo, Mozambique earlier this year and also conducts similar Jr. NBA school leagues in Spain and the UK.

August 13, 2015 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured 0 Comment

NBA’s first game in Africa attracts world-class partners

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today named Econet Global Limited, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, NIKE Inc., South African Airways (SAA), SuperSport, and 947 as partners for NBA Africa Game 2015.

The first NBA game in Africa will take place August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The game will feature a Team Africa v Team World format and will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The game will air live in Africa on SuperSport.

Roster of Official NBA Africa Game 2015 Partners:

- Econet Global Limited – Official Mobile and Telecommunications Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015; co-branded NBA Africa Game marketing campaign across Africa

- Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa – Official Automotive Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015; presenting Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015 Fan Zone (more details on the Fan Zone will be announced soon); will host an NBA Cares clinic

- NIKE Inc. – Official Marketing Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015; partner of Basketball without Borders Africa 2015; NBA Cares partner for a new court at the Boys & Girls Club in Protea Glen, Johannesburg

- South African Airways – Official Airline Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015 transporting Team Africa and Team World players to South Africa; partner of Basketball without Borders Africa 2015

- SuperSport – Official NBA Broadcast Partner since 2013; SuperSport will broadcast the game live starting at 3:00 p.m. local time across Sub-Saharan Africa

- 947 – Official Radio Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015

“This is an historic moment for the NBA and the sport of basketball in Africa, and we are excited to work with such a broad range of partners to make this game possible, said Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director-Africa. “The game will impact young people throughout the continent, both on the court and in the community, as we bring some of the world’s most recognizable athletes to Johannesburg to celebrate our long tradition in Africa.”

Team Africa, comprised of players from Africa and second-generation African players, will feature team captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; born in South Sudan), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo) and Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal).

Team World, comprised of players from the rest of the world, will feature team captain and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; US), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; US) and Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; US).

Full Team Africa and Team World rosters will be announced soon.

The NBA has a long history in Africa with more than 35 players from the continent featured on NBA rosters since Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted in 1984. Through NBA Cares, 58 places to live, learn or play have been created in Africa, and Basketball without Borders Africa has been held 12 times on the continent.

The league opened an African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2010 and recently launched Jr. NBA leagues in Mozambique and Uganda as part of comprehensive grassroots programs across the continent.

For more information, fans can visit; and Twitter @NBA_Africa. Fans can also download NBA Game Time, the official app of the NBA for news and updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more. NBA games, highlights and special programming are available on SuperSport.


July 2, 2015 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured 0 Comment

Patriots target league debut win in basketball

Patriots Coach Cyrille Kalima

Patriots Coach Cyrille Kalima

Saturday, Men

UR- CoE vs Rusizi 2pm

APR vs UGB 2pm

Espoir vs UR- CASS 2pm

CSK vs KBC 4pm

IPRC- Kigali vs 30-Plus 4pm



CSK vs Rusizi (CSK)

APR vs Patriots (NPC)

UGB vs 30 Plus (Kist)

Espoir vs IPRS-South (NPC)

IPRC-Kigali vs Kigali (NPC)

The National basketball league continues over the weekend with several matches lined up on both Saturday and Sunday.

Debutants Patriots face APR on Sunday after playing their opening game against University of Rwanda (College of Arts and Social Sciences) on Friday at NPC Gymnasium. Their Friday results were yet to be known by press time.

According to Patriots coach Cyrille Kalima, their target is to end this weekend with maximum points from their two tricky encounters.

Elsewhere, UR-CASS who lost 82-64 to IPRC- South in the league’s opening match last Saturday have set the clash as a must win game and won’t welcome a second consecutive defeat according to head coach Charles Mushumba.

In the women’s league, IPRC- South who lost 51-48 to UR- CASS in their opening match, host seven-time champions APR in Huye district tomorrow while holders Ubumwe play newly created side, the Hoops BBC on Sunday at 10am at KIST basketball courts.



February 14, 2015 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured 0 Comment

Basketball body in Rwf 20m boost from IOC

Basketball body in Rwf 20m boost from IOC

Ferwaba Technical Director Shema Maboko Didier

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).

January 7, 2015 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured 0 Comment

Spurs 101-100 Dallas: Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks

Spurs 101-100 Dallas Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks

Tony Parker (left), Tim Duncan (centre) and Manu Ginobili (right) of the San Antonio Spurs sit on the bench during the fourth Quarter of the NBA Finals

Tony Parker scored 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs began their title defence with a 101-100 win over Dallas in one of three opening-night NBA contests Tuesday.

The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last year’s playoffs.

The Spurs rolled to their fifth title in June by dismantling the LeBron James-led Miami Heat. But first they had to get past the Mavericks in an epic seven-game series in the Western Conference semi-finals.

“We moved the ball much better in the second half,” said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench to score 20 points. “The defence was great. Tony had a couple of big baskets it was a very close game. Anything could have happened.”

Tuesday’s three-game set to start the 2014-15 regular season also saw Anthony Davis fall one block shy of a triple-double as the New Orleans Pelicans pulled away from the Orlando Magic for a 101-84 home win.


Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers were taking on the Houston Rockets in the late contest.

San Antonio received their championship rings in a pre-game ceremony which also included raising their fifth championship banner in franchise history. The Spurs are now 5-0 in games where they received their championship rings.

“The ring ceremony got me emotional,” said Ginobili. “This is a great start. I can’t complain.”

Parker scored the go ahead three-pointer with under a minute left. Ginobili also had six assists off the bench and Tim Duncan totalled 14 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio.

Monta Ellis led Dallas with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points with six rebounds in the loss.

San Antonio returned almost everyone from last year’s team but they had to play the season-opener without NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who is sidelined by a right eye infection.

Tiago Splitter also sat with a calf injury and Australian Patty Mills will miss the first few months after shoulder surgery.

San Antonio has now won 10 straight regular-season games over the Mavericks, including eight straight at home.


October 30, 2014 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured Tags:
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Durant upbeat despite starting season on sidelines

Durant upbeat despite starting season on sidelines

Kevin Durat #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, last season’s NBA Most Valuable Player, was upbeat Tuesday as he discussed starting the season on the sidelines.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star, talking for the first time since surgery on his broken right foot, insisted the situation was a “win-win” — giving him a chance to learn about the game from a different viewpoint as his team-mates honed their skills on court.

Durant, who arrived to meet reporters using a wheeled scooter to support his injured foot rather than using crutches, is expected to be sidelined at least another month.


With the NBA season tipping off on October 28, he said other players will have to step up and make the most of increased minutes on the floor.

“It gives guys opportunities to play, build confidence and build that chemistry as a team,” Durant said. “I’m looking at the positive side of it. It’s a win-win. I’m learning a lot about the game while I’m out.

“My teammates are getting a lot of opportunities because there are a lot of minutes out there to play and help contribute to the team.”

Durant said he was grateful for the support of the Thunder organization as he decided to have surgery to repair the Jones Fracture — a broken bone at the base of the small toe.

An aching pain alerted him to the problem, and he and team officials hope it was caught early enough to keep the rehabilitation process short.

“Everything is progressing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better.”

Durant’s on-court contribution will be hard, if not impossible, for the Thunder to replace.

He averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assist a game last season, sparking the Thunder to the Western Conference finals, where they were eliminated by the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

After winning last season’s scoring crown, he joined Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and George Gervin as the only players to win four NBA scoring titles in five years.

However, Durant says he’ll try to use his time on the sidelines as a learning experience.

“It’s a different position for me, but I’m looking forward to growing mentally by watching the game, learning from my teammates and helping them as much as I can,” he said.


October 28, 2014 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured Tags:
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Rwanda | Afrobasket U18: Senegal yegukanye igikombe cya Afurika

Afrobasket U18: Senegal yegukanye igikombe cya Afurika

Ikipe y’igihugu ya Senegal y’abahungu yegukanye igikombe cya Afurika cy’abaterengeje imyaka 18 nyuma yo gutsinda Cote d’Ivoire amanota 71-62 ku mukino wa nyuma wabereye  kuri Stadium Academica i Maputo muri Mozambique tariki ya 25/8/2012.

Senegalyegukanye igikombe cya mbere mu batarengeke imyaka 18 mu mateka yayo, yageze ku mukino wa nyuma isezereyeMaliku manota 63-47 (17-12 ; 15-08, 16-16, 16-11).

Cote d’Ivoireyo yageze muri ½ cy’irangiza, isezereye Misiri yaherukaga gutwara igikombe cya Afurika cyari cyabereye mu Rwanda muri 2010, iyitsinze amanota 57-42.

Mu guhatanira umwanya wa gatatu n’uwa kane Misiri yatsinzeMali78-54. Umwanya wa gatanu wegukanywe naAngolaimaze gutsindaTunisia61- 40.

Mozambiqueyegukanye umwanya wa karindwi nyuma yo gutsindaGhana48- 45, naho umwanya wa 9 wegukanwa na Maroc, uwa 10 utwarwa naGabonmu gihe umwanya wa 11 ari nawo wa nyuma wafashwe n’uRwanda.

Muri iri rushanwa, uwahawe igihembo cy’umukinnyi witwaye neza kurusha abandi (Most Valuable Player-MVP) ni umunya Misiri Saleh Ehab, naho uwatsinze amanota menshi kurusha abandi ni umunya Maroc Shifi Mourad winjije mu nkangara amanota 120.

Ikipe yaTunisianiyo yahawe igihembo cyo gukina umukini mwiza, urangwa n’ubworoherane (Fair Play).

SenegalnaCote d’Ivoirenizo zizahagararira umugabane wa Afurika mu gikombe cy’isi cy’abatarengeje imyaka 19 kizabera muri Repubulika ya Tchèque muri 2013.


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Rwanda | Basketball: Ikipe y’u Rwanda U18 yatsinzwe na Mali mu mukino wayo wa kabiri

Ikipe y’u Rwanda ya Basketball y’abatarengeje imyaka 18 yatsinzwe na Mali mu mukino wayo wa kabiri yakinnye tariki ya 18/8/2012, mu mikino y’igikombe cya Afurika cy’abatarengeje imyaka 18 ikomeje kubera i Maputo muri Mozambique.

 N’ubwo ikipe y’u Rwanda yari yatangiye yitwara neza igatsinda Mozambique iri imbere y’abafana bayo ku manota 62 kuri 34, yaje guhura n’akazi gakomeye imbere ya Mali, imwe mu makipe akomeye muri iryo rushanwa maze itsinda u Rwanda amanota 45 kuri 33.

 Tariki 19/8/2012 ikipe y’u Rwanda iraruhuka, ikazakomeza imikino yo mu itsinda ikina na Ghana tariki ya 20/8/2012.

 Ikipe y’uRwandayegukanye igikombe cy’akarere ka gatanu ari naho yakuye itike yo gukina iyo mikino nyafurika, ihaguruka muRwandayajyanye intego yo kwegukana igikombe cyangwa se nibura umwanya wa gatatu muri ayo marushanwa azasozwa tariki 25/8/2012.

Kugirango ikipe y’uRwandayiyongerere amahirwe yo gukomeza muri ¼ cy’irangiza irasabwa gutsindaGhana.

 U Rwanda ruri mu itsinda rya mbere ririmo Mozambique, Ghana Tunisia, Mali na Repubulika iharanira Demukarasi ya Congo (RDC), naho itsinda rya kabiri  rigizwe na Misiri yatwaye igikombe cya Afurika giheruka, Maroc, Cote d’ivoire, Senegal, Gabon na Angola.







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Rwanda | Basketball: Ikipe y’u Rwanda U18 yajyanye intego yo kuvana igikombe muri Mozambique

Ikipe y’u Rwanda ya Basketball y’abatarengeje imyaka 18 yihaye intego yo kuzitwara  neza, ikegukana   igikombe, mu gikombe cya Afurika cy’abatarengeje imyaka 18 kizabera i Maputo muri Mozambique kuva tariki ya 16-25/8/2012.

Nyuma yo kwegukana igikombe cy’akarere ka gatanu ari naho u Rwanda rwaboneye itike yo kujya mu gikombe cya Afurika (AfroBasketball U18), abakinnyi n’abatoza b’ikipe y’u Rwanda bafashe icyemezo cyo gutwara n’igikombe cya Afurika nk’uko twabitangarijwe na Kapiteni w’iyo kipe Neston Manzi.

“Tumaze gutwara igikombe cy’akarere ka gatanu, twahise twumva ko bishoboka ko twanatwara igikombe cya Afurika, bituma dukora cyane, dukosora amakosa twakoraga, ubu twumva tumeze neza, ku buryo twumva n’iyo imikino yatangira ubu twakwitwara neza kandi tukazana igikombe.

Mu rwego rwo kwitegura imikino y’igikombe cya Afurika, ikipe y’u Rwanda yakinnye imikino n’amakipe akomeye muri shampiyona y’u Rwanda kandi yose ibasha kuyatsinda harimo APR FC, CSK ndetse na Espoir.

Umutoza w’iyo kipe wungirije Kalima Cyrille avuga ko kuba baratsinze APR, BBC n’andi makipe akomeye muri shampiyona y’u Rwanda kandi mu mikino bari barakinnye mbere ayo makipe yarabatsindaga, ngo ni ikimenyetso cy’uko  ikipe yazamutse cyane kandi ngo no muri Mozambique bazitwara neza.

“Gutsinda amakipe makuru nka APR cyangwa Espoir kandi zikinsiha abakinnyi bazo bakomeye bose, ni ikigaragaza ko ikipe yacu yiteguye neza, kuko tugereranyije n’ubushize twitegura imikino y’akarere ka gatanu, haragaragara itandukaniro kuko icyo gihe ayo makipe yari yadutsinze. Nta gushidikanye rero ko tuzitwara neza, kuko gukina n’amakipe nk’ayo tukayatsinda kandi ari ay’abakuru (senior), biduha icyizere ko n’igikombe dushobora kucyegukna”.

Abatoza b’ikipe y’u Rwanda bari bifuje gukina umukino wa gicuti na Gabon mbere yo kujya Maputo ariko ntibyakunda kubera amikoro makeya gusa umutoza mukuru Nenad Amanovic avuga ko ntacyo bizagabanya ku myitwarire yabo.

“Kuba twarakinnye n’amakipe akomeye kandi y’abakuru mu Rwanda tukayatsinda byabaye nko gukina na Gabon. Nta kintu na kimwe navuga ko tutahawe ahubwo icyo tuzakora ni ugutsinda buri kipe yose duhuye nayo kugeza ku mukino wa nyuma.

Ikipe y’u Rwanda U18  izaba yitabiriye imikino y’igikombe cya Afurika bwa kabiri mu mateka y’u Rwanda, yabonye itike nyuma yo kuba iya mbere mu karere ka gatanu ubwo yatsindaga Kenya ku mukino wa nyuma wabereye i Kigali tariki 22/7/2012.

Mu mikino y’igikombe cya Afurika cy’abaterengeje imyaka 18 iheruka kubera mu Rwanda muri 2010, Misiri ni yo yegukanye igikombe. Misiri, Angola na Tunuziya ni amwe mu makipe akomeye muri Afurika azaba ari muri iryo rushanwa, akaba  ahabwa n’ amahirwe yo kwegukana igikombe ..







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