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.