Espoir, APR knocked out of Zone V Basketball tourney


Thursday, Men

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

Ubumwe’s Bahigye wants more trophies

Ubumwe’s Bahigye wants more trophies

Ubumwe basketball club won the league and playoffs titles in second season since their establishment

 After lifting their first league and playoffs trophies, Ubumwe women basketball club are now looking to dominating the local scene in the coming seasons.

Only two years since making their league debut, Ubumwe have now dethroned APR, who had dominated the women’s league since 2007. Ubumwe beat Rwandans Allied for Peace Progress (RAAP) in three games to win the playoffs title over the weekend.

Ubumwe head coach Jacques Bahigye told the media on Sunda, said: “We are very happy to win this trophy after only two years since the team was formed.”

“I feel very grateful to my players and management for making sure we achieve our targets faster than we anticipated. Nonetheless, we need to focus on building a strong team, which is capable of winning more trophies at home and beyond,” he said.

Ubumwe ran away with the best of five playoffs series finals after winning 64-37 in Game 1, Game 2, 64-58 and 63-39 in Game 3 at Amahoro indoor stadium court.

Ghana-born Priscilla Doudou, a US citizen, was Ubumwe’s key players scoring a combined 55 scores in three games, which also earned her call-up to Rwanda women’s national team.

August 22, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Teams 0 Comment

Buzangu brothers end Espoir’s unbeaten run

m_Buzangu brothers end Espoir’s unbeaten r

Bienvenu Ngandu of Espoir, right, goes up for a defence rebound against CSK in game 1

Twin brothers Mike and Patrick Buzangu played a pivotal role as CercleSportiff de Kigali (CSK) ended Espoir’s unbeaten run this season with a 73-64 in Game 3 of the men’s basketball playoffs finals on Sunday at Amahoro indoor stadium court.

 Defending champions Espoir BC had won Games 1 and 2 and were just one win away from retaining the title for the third year running but their opponents had other ideas.

Mike Buzangu of CSK BC scored the game high 25 points with his elder brother Patrick Buzangu adding 23 points in a game which CSK needed to win. Espoir players struggled to get points on board with Olivier Shyaka Olivier, their highest scorer, managing just 12 points and EliaKaze scoring 11.

Patrick Buzangu said: “It was a very tough game for us but we were determined to stop Espoir from winning the trophy today. We corrected the mistakes we had done before and followed the coach’s advice.”

Both clubs will meet again in Game 4 which has now been shifted to September 6-7 after Espoir have returned from taking part in a Zone 5 tournament to be held in Mombasa, Kenya.

Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Ubumwe added the playoffs title to their recent league crown by winning Game 3 of their contest against RAPP 63-39. They had also won Games 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Priscilla Doudou of Ubumwe scored a game high 12 points while Clementine Mugwaneza scored eight points.

August 19, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Players 0 Comment

United Generation Basketball team hope to continue miraculous run

United Generation Basketball

United Generation Basketball team (UGB),hope to continue their surprising run in this year’s basketball championships by dethroning defending champions Espoir in this weekend’s semi- final clash.

UGB won’t be a stroll in the park according to their big talking coach Yves Murenzi who also knows they have a big task ahead.

“We are well prepared for the playoffs battle, we have been in training for the last three weeks and I’m confident we can eliminate Espoir although it’s going to be very tough.”

The Kigali based team will hope to hand Espoir only their second defeat in three seasons in game one of the best of three series starting this Saturday at the StadeAmahoro indoor stadium.

Army side APR will take on CercleSportiff de Kigali in what is building out to be an exciting encounter as both teams will seek to get the upper hand in first leg of their series.

In the women’s category seven times defending champions APR are set to face Rwanda Allied for Progress (RAPP) as they seek to dethrone last year’s champions Ubumwe who will be in action on Sunday.



August 10, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

Basketball Play-offs scheduled for August 8-17

m_Basketball Play-offs scheduled for August 8-17

 This year’s basketball league play-offs are scheduled to run from August 8 to 17, according to the national basketball association technical director Didier Shema Maboko.

 The play-offs are contested by the top four teams in the regular season in both men and women championships.

 The men’s play-offs will have reigning champions Espoir, Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK), APR, who will be joined by either United Generation Basketball club (UGB) and Rusizi.

 Rusiz face Espoir in league final match on Sunday in a game the former needs to win to qualify for the playoffs, defeat will see UGB progress.

 The game was initially supposed to be played place last Sunday but Rusizi requested for it to be moved due to financial reasons.

 In women’s competition will have champions Ubumwe BBC, 2013 winners APR, Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP) and University of Rwanda- Huye campus.

August 5, 2014 By : Category : English featured Score & Schedule 0 Comment

Men & Women basketball teams picked for Afro-basket

Men & Women basketball teams picked for Afro-basket

THE RWANDA BASKETBALL Federation under the tutelage of men and women team head coaches has picked the national teams to start preparations for Afro-basketball and All African Games qualifiers.

The men’s team head coach MoiseMutokambali named a 24-man team to start preparations. Sixteen local players starts camp on Wednesday while eight professional players will join the team in camp next month.

The women basketball coach Jacques Bahige has named a provisional squad of 26 players to start camp. She summoned 20 local based players and six professionals who will join camp in august.

The men’s team is made up of Aboubacar Ally Barame, Alphonse Habyarimana,  PacifiqueHabyarimana, Steven Hagumintwari, Lionel Hakizimana, Parfait Ishimwe, ElieKaje, Pascal KarekeziRurangirwa, Ali KubwimanaKazingufu, Aristide Mugabe,  Muhizi Olivier, Sunny N. Munyandamutsa, Jean Paul Ndoli, BienvenuNgandu, and Olivier Shyaka.

Professional players summoned include; Kami Kabange (City Oilers), Dan Manzi (USA), Adonis Rwabigwi (USA), Nestor Manzi (USA), Patrice Twagirayezu (USA), Bradley Cameroon (USA), Kenneth Gasana (Morocco), Thierry SukuSuku (ACEB France  and Hamza Ruhezamihigo (Canada).

The women squad is comprised of Chantal Akamuntu, JovitheKabarere, JoselyneMunyaneza, Charlotte Umugwaneza, Vanessa Umwizerwa, Denise Uwase, Cecile Nzaramba, Yvette Uwizeye, Christine Uwibambe, Gisele Umutoni, RosineMicomyiza, Jeanne Yamfashije, Priscilla Dodoo, Claudette Imanishimwe, Clementine Ushizimpumu, Clementine Matungano, Esperance Mukaneza, Alice Muhongerwa, Claudette Mugwaneza, Martine Umuhoza and Nicole Rwibutso.

The professional women players include; Henderson Tierra Monay (Angola), AngeKamanyana (USA), Sabine Mugeni (France), Yvonne Kirezi K. (Drc), LaetitiaMahoro (USA) and Nancy Ishimwe (USA).

July 24, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

Ubumwe BBC are one-match away from winning women league title

Ubumwe BBC are one-match away from winning women league title


Rusizi 91-68 Gisenyi


APR 61-69 Ubumwe

UBUMWE BBC will be crowned champions on July 20 if they win their final match against Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP).

Ubumwe boosted their chances of winning the league for the first time after edging out seven-time defending champions APR over the weekend.

APR who are league title winners since 2007, lost 61-69 to Ubumwe basketball club which was established two years ago.

Ubumwe now needs to win their last fixture of the season against Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP) on July 20 to be crowned new champions.

Reigning champions now lead the standings with 15 points in eight matches, two points better than Ubumwe who have only played seven matches while RAPP are placed third with 11 points secured from seven matches.

In men’s league, Rusizi BBC bounced back from Saturday’s 68-83 defeat to APR to thrash Gisenyi 91-68 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Play-offs position is still on. Rusizi and United Generation Basketball club (UGB) are battling for the only slot to complete the format for the Play-offs round.

Champions Espoir, Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) and APR booked the other slots.

Espoir leads the standings with 38 points, four ahead of second-placed APR while CSK are in third place with 33 points who have a game in hand. UGB is fourth with 31 points while Rusizi are fifth with 29 points and have two games in hand.

If Rusizi beats UGB on July 20 and Espoir on 26, they will snatch an automatic ticket to the play-offs round. However, should they lose to archrivals UGB then the latter will qualify to the Play-Offs set for August.

July 15, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment