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No more recruitment of American players into Hoops team

No more recruitment of American players into Hoops team

Kenneth Gasana and Bradley Cameron will no longer be called to the Rwanda Basketball team

RWANDA BASKETBALL federation (Ferwaba) will have to embark on hunting for young local talents as they have taken a stern decision of ending their reliance on American born players.

The Ferwaba Secretary General Richard Mutabazi said recently that they took into account the fact that foreign players on the national team have not been performing well.

Since 2007, Rwanda recruited six American basketball players after they were naturalised in efforts at strengthening its base in major continental and sub-regional competitions.

Some of the Americans who were naturalized for include ManixAuriantal, Robert Thomson, Edouard Miller, Kenneth Gasana, Cameron Bradley, and Mathieu Miller.

Mutabazi said, “Despite this recruitment of high-level basketball players, the performance of the national team still leaves much to be desired,”

“Outside the detection of local young talents, this decision will help reduce the huge expenses in allowances and other costs paid to these American basketball players,” Mutabazi said.

This decision comes a few days after the newly appointed the Minister of Sports and Culture, Ambassador Joseph Habineza urged all local sports federations to promote the recruitment of young talents for a better sport generation to come in the East African nation.

October 15, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:,
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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)

Men

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

Spurs take stranglehold in NBA finals

Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh (right) defends against Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs during game 4

 Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh (right) defends against Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs during game 4

San Antonio followed up one of the greatest offensive halves in league history with a balanced attack in game four to blow out Miami and take a stranglehold on the NBA finals.

 

Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker combined for 39 points and all 13 players got involved in the scoring as the top seeded Spurs rolled over the Heat 107-86 Thursday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

 

“They smashed us,” said Heat star and two-time reigning finals MVP LeBron James. “They are a high-oiled machine and they move the ball extremely well.”

 

GREAT PERFORMANCE

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t think it could get much better than the first half of game three when the Spurs shot a finals record 76 per cent en route to a 111-92 win.

 

But unlike game three – when they suffered a minor letdown in the third quarter – this time the Spurs kept their foot on their opponent’s throat for all four quarters.

 

“Game three was an anomaly. That’s never going to happen again,” Popovich said of the 76 per cent shooting from the floor. “I thought we did a better job tonight than we did in game three at the defensive end.”

 

Here is a look at how statistically dominating the Spurs have been in the last two games of the NBA finals.

 

With the Spurs leading by 19 points at halftime Thursday and 21 points at the half in game three, it marked the first time in NBA finals history a road team has led by at least 15 points at the half in two straight games.

 

The Spurs led by as many as 25 points in both games four and three.

 

It also marked the 11th time San Antonio has won by 15 or more points in the 2014 postseason.

 

Spurs star Tim Duncan also made history Thursday, as he recorded his 158th career playoff double double to surpass Magic Johnson (157) for the all-time playoff lead.

 

San Antonio can wrap up the series with a victory at home in game five on Sunday. Duncan said that won’t be an easy task.

 

“Great position for us,” he said. “Going back home with a closeout game.

 

“But they are a very good ballclub. They are the champions and they are going to come out and show a lot of fire.

 

“We are going to use our homecourt and we are going to come with the same focus that we did in these last two games and hopefully close it out at home.”

AFP

 

June 14, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V featured inthespotlight 0 Comment

Kenya ladies a step away from Nation’s Cup qualification

Kenya ladies a step away from Nation’s Cup qualification

Kenya women basketball team coach

 

The Kenya national ladies basketball team is a step away from qualifying for the African Cup of Nations after they beat Egypt 70-64 on Thursday evening in the Zone 5 qualifiers to maintain a 100 percent record so far.

 

Kenya’s next match which is the last in the round robin competition will be against Uganda on Friday and a win will ensure the Kenyan girls qualify for the Cup of Nations as the best of Zone 5.The Cup of Nations will be hosted by Democratic Republic of Congo in August.

 

The matches were played in a round robin format and Kenya has been in impeccable form dismissing Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Egypt in previous matches.

 

Against Egypt on Thursday, team leaders Silalei Shani (Captain) and Hilda Indasi (Vice Captain) led Kenya to victory after they each scored 19 points the highest in the match by an individual.

 

Kenya took the 1st quarter 18- 14 in what was seen to be their hardest match since the tournament kicked off on Monday in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.

 

The 2nd quarter saw Kenya pile more pressure to the North African side and it bore fruit and they romped their opponents the scores being 17- 4 to  put the half time scores at 35-18 with Kenya having a comfortable lead.

 

In the 3rd quarter Egypt stepped up their game but they were no match for Ronnie Owino’s side and Kenya once more were a top with a 2 point difference winning 15 -13.

 

The last quarter saw Kenya slump to 20 -33 defeat but the damage they had caused in the first 3 quarters was enough to ensure that they take the day.  Reem Osama was Egypt’s top scorer with 17 points followed by Hagar Hesham.

 

 

January 27, 2013 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Rwandan ladies lose to Egypt

FIBA Africa Zone V Afro-basket Championship

Thursday, women

Rwanda 62-52 Burundi

 

Friday, women

Rwanda 56-81 Burundi

 

Saturday, women

Rwanda vs. Uganda

 

Rwanda women basketball team has recorded mixed results in the final matches of the on-going Zone 5 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

After recording a 62-52 win over Burundi on Thursday, they failed to maintain their good performance but lost to Egypt 56-81 on Friday.

 

Playmaker Tierra Henderson was the best player on the national side as she scored 26 points alone.

 

Rwanda is positioned fourth with five points coming behind Uganda, Egypt and leaders Kenya.

 

Rwanda’s last game in the female category will be against Uganda on Saturday.

 

In the men’s category which was due to be played on Friday night, Rwanda was supposed to face Somalia while Egypt took on Kenya. The finals are set for this Saturday.

 

The Cup of Nations will be hosted by Democratic Republic of Congo in August.

 

 

January 27, 2013 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English 0 Comment

Rwanda : Somalia sinks Burundi in regional qualifiers

 

Somalia shocked Burundi and Kenya

Somalia shocked Burundi and Kenya

 The Somalia National basketball team continued with their dominance in the pool B of the ongoing Zone 5 African Cup of Nations qualifiers after they beat Burundi 98-80 on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to finish on top of the group after two wins from two matches.

 

Somalia upset Kenya on Tuesday with an 81-79 win. Somalia has 4 points from the two wins while Kenya has 3 points after they beat Burundi 71-63. Burundi remain rooted at the bottom with 2 points after losing all its matches in the group stage.

 

In the match against Burundi, Somalia 31-16 romping in the 1st quarter and though Burundi saved face in the 2nd quarter with a 24 -19 win the Somalian’s were not done yet as they recovered to win the 3rd quarter 32-20.

 

In the last quarter Burundi attempted another comeback with a 20-16 points but it was little too late.

 

Fisal Jama who had an impressive match against Kenya sinking 20 points was on top form once more against Burundi gaining an impressive 32 points followed by Ahmed Ahmed who had 28 points. Hakizamana Jean was Burundi’s top scorer with 16 points followed by Nikobahoze Blaise with 14 points.

 

The group B pool had Kenya, Somalia and Burundi while pool A had the hosts Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt and Rwanda.

 

 

January 25, 2013 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English 0 Comment

Rwanda : Rwandan men’s team reach semi final slot

Rwanda’s Ken Gasana

Rwanda’s Ken Gasana

 FIBA Africa Zone V Afro-basket Championship

Wednesday

Women: Rwanda 49-71 Kenya

Men: Rwanda 70-56 Tanzania

 

Rwanda men’s basketball team stormed the semi finals of the 2013 Fiba Africa Zone V Afro-basket championship following a 70-56 victory over hosts Tanzania on Wednesday in Dar es salaam.

 

The men’s team which played a more entertaining game recorded a much needed victory through Kenny Gasana who scored 28 points and Bradley Cameroon added another 24 points and made six assists to emerge as best players of the match.

 

The victory meant that Rwanda men’s team has qualified to the semi final even though Egypt are yet to face Uganda in the final Pool A game. Rwanda men’s team has five points in three matches played so far. Egypt is second with four while Uganda has three points.

 

Rwanda will face the best ranked team in Group B which is likely to be Kenya as it sits on top of the standings with three points but might be dethroned off the spot if rivals Somalia beat Burundi in the final group match which will be played today.

 

Kenya has three points, one ahead of Somalia while Burundi is placed bottom with one point.

In the women category, the women basketball team failed to maintain their perfect start to the championship after a disappointing 49-71 loss to favourites Kenya yesterday.

 

The women side lost under searing heat and humid Dar es Salaam temperatures with Angola based player Tierra Henderson scoring 24 points though they were not enough to march Kenya’s skipper Hilda Indas who snatched 34 points to guide Kenya to third consecutive victory.

 

Kenya maintains lead at the top of the women standings with eight points while Rwanda remains on second position with three points respectively.

 

Rwanda beat hosts Tanzania 66-35 in the opening match whereas Kenya convincingly defeated Burundi 86-44 in their second match after a 74-32 win over Tanzania in their first match.

 

Rwanda was due face Burundi on Thursday while Uganda would face Kenya later in the afternoon.

 

The women’s qualifier is being played on a round robin format with the top two teams qualifying to the African tournament. The African Nations Cup will be held in DRC in August 2013.

 

January 25, 2013 By : Category : Basketball Zone V 0 Comment

Rwanda : Kenya ladies extend good run with win over Rwanda

Kenya’s women team

Kenya’s women team

The Kenya ladies basketball team continued with their impressive form at the Zone 5 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania defeating defending champions Rwanda 71- 49 on Wednesday afternoon.

 

The win is Kenya’s 3rd at the regional tournament after they beat hosts Tanzania 74-32 in their first game on Monday then thrashed Burundi 86-44 the following day.

 

The women’s category at the qualifiers is being played on a round robin format and this means Kenya will meet Uganda in their last match. If Kenya beats Egypt and Uganda then they would have secured a spot in the African Cup of Nations due to the fact of being the top team at the tournament.

 

Kenya’s Vice Captain Hilda Indasi was at it once again terrorizing the Rwandan defense and at the end of the match, she had 32 points, the highest in the game followed by Angela Akoth who had 17 points.

 

Kenya won the 1st quarter 21-12 but lost in the 2nd quarter with a single point the scores being 13-14. The 3rd and 4th quarters saw the Kenyans dominate once more, winning the 3rd quarter with 21 points against 8 and the last quarter 18-15.

 

Tierra Henderson was Rwanda’s top scorer with 24 points followed by Mahoro Leticia who had 13 points.

 

January 25, 2013 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Rwanda men’s team thumped by Egypt in Dar es salaam

m_Rwanda men’s team thumped

 Rwandan men’s basketball team suffered a major blow in their quest to defend their title when they lost terribly to their Egyptian counterparts 57-96 in the first game of the  ongoing Zone 5 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Dar es salaam Tanzania on Monday.

After the first two quarters, Rwanda had conceded 14-45 but it was solely due to poor defending. And Egypt went on to wine easily.

In other matches, Kenyan teams launched a bright start winning their opening matches in both the men and women categories respectively.

The women’s team defeated hosts Tanzania 74-32 while the men’s team had a good time out with a 71-63 win over Burundi.

Tuesday was meant to see Rwanda men’s team facing Uganda while their women counterparts face hosts Tanzania.

Rwanda’s men team will face Tanzania on Wednesday while their women counterparts will take on Kenya.

The winners will take part in the African Nations Cup will be held in DRC in August 2013.

January 23, 2013 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment