Rwanda basketball League

Espoir, Patriots off to a bright start

Espoir basketball club

Espoir basketball club

National Basketball League

Men Results


UGB 60-67 IPRC-Kigali

Patriots BC 74-72 IPRC-South BBC


Rusizi BC 72-65 CSK BBC

Espoir BBC 73-60 APR BBC




APR BBC 80-48 UR-Huye BBC


THE HOOPS 46-50 Ubumwe BBC

Defending champions Espoir and rivals Patriots continued their bright start as they won their respective matches of the National basketball league season over the weekend.

On Saturday, IPRC Kigali defeated UGB 67-60 as Patriots edged IPRC-South 74-72 in a close match.

On Sunday, Rusizi beat CSK 72-65 while defending champions Espoir defeated APR 73-60.

Espoir, Patriots and IPRC Kigali stand joint top at the help of the basketball league standings with four points each in two matches played so far.

In the women league, APR thrashed 80-48 while Ubumwe edged The Hoops 50-46 in matches played on Saturday and Sunday Respectively.

Ranking Men

PG      W/L    Pts     For     Against        AVG

1 Patriots bc                    2           2/0       4         157       112                  45

2 Espoir bbc                     2           2/0       4         162       128                  34

3. IPRC_Kigali bbc           2           2/0       4         134       110                  24

4 IPRC_South bbc             2           1/1       3         161       119                  42

5 UR-Huye bbc        2          1/1       3         132       120                  12

6 Rusizi bc             2           1/1       3         103       130                  -27

7 APR bbc               2          0/2       2         111       140                  -29

8 CSK bbc               2          0/2       2         105       155                  -50

9 UGB                     2          0/2       2         105       156                 -51


Ranking Women

PG       W/L    Pts     For     Against        AVG

1 APR BBC (W)       1           1/0       2          80         48                   32

2 UBUMWE BBC     1           1/0       2          50         46                    4

3 The HOOPS         1            0/1      1          46         50                   -4

4 UR-Huye BBC      1            0/1      1          48         80                   -32

5 IPRC-South          0            0/0      0           0          0                     0

December 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Dominant Espoir suffer shocking defeat in basketball league

Yesman Bushiri (left) of IPRC- South goes round Patrick Kalibushi of Rusizi BC in a league game in Rusizi on Sunday

Yesman Bushiri (left) of IPRC- South goes round Patrick Kalibushi of Rusizi BC in a league game in Rusizi on Sunday


Espoir 65-73 IPRC- Kigali

UGB 79-46 UR- CoE

Rusizi     64-68     IPRC-South

APR         78-59     CSK

Patriots    80-55     KBC


Patriots 62-67 UGB

30-Plus 56-50 UR-CASS


The Hoops Rwanda 55-46 IPRC-South

APR     55-36     UR-CASS

Friday (Men)

APR                        83-54     UR-CASS

REIGNING CHAMPIONS Espoir basketball club tasted their first defeat in three years as they lost 65-73 in a tight league encounter against IPRC-Kigali on Sundat at University of Rwanda’s College of Technology basketball courts.

Stars players Steve Havugintwari and DieudonneNdizeye combined to score 52 points for IPRC- Kigali with 27 from Havugintwa and 25 from Ndizeye respectively.

IPRC – Kigali head coach Albert Buhake praised his team’s strong mentality and hard work after the win.

Speaking to the press, a happy Buhake hailed his players for staging an impressive win over the champions.

He said, “I am proud of my players, not only because of the win but because we have made history by beating Espoir after such a long time. This gives the team confidence that they will perform well this season,”

Elsewhere, Huye-based IPRC- South point guard, YesmanBushiri scored 25 points to help his team defeat Rusizi 68-64 in Rusizi.

The league newcomers, IPRC-South recovered from last weekend’s 79-65 defeat to reigning champions Espoir.

Rusizi, who won their first two games against University of Rwanda College of Education (UR-CoE) and CSK last weekend, were booed by their fans following yesterday’s loss.

Seven-time champions APR won their two weekend games, beating University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) 83-54 on Friday and CercleSportif de Kigali (CSK) 78-59 on Sunday respectively.

While Patriots BC had their confidence dented after a 62-67 loss against United Basketball Generation (UGB) on Saturday at UR-TECH courts but recovered to beat 2011 champions, Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) 80-55 on Sunday.

In the women’s league, The Hoops Rwanda beat IPRC-South 55-46 while former champions APR overcame UR- CASS 55-36 on Saturday.

As it stands on the league standings, UGB and APR basketball club lead the log with seven points in four matches played. Rusizi, Patriots and IPRC-South follow with five points.

Defending champions Espoir BBC lies in eighth spot with three points in two matches.

February 24, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Ferwaba in massive youth basketball training


Over 100 youngsters are attending daily training sessions aimed at equipping them with the basics of the sport at a tender age.

The training held under the auspices of Rwanda Basketball Federation is underway at NPC gymnasium. The national head coach Moise Mutokambali is the main coordinator and he hopes the programme will train potential national team players.

He said on Friday, “We are running this camp to teach these young players the basics of basketball ranging from dribbling, shooting and passing to mention but a few. We want to do this every holiday season so that we follow up on their progress,”

The girls and boys are between the ages of 13-18 years and according to Mutokambali this platform will help him to select the national U-16 and U-18 teams for regional competitions next year.

Rwanda is planning to send a girls’ and boys’ team to next year’s Fiba Africa U-16 and U-18 tournaments.

December 9, 2014 By : Category : English featured Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Basketball Federation plans a Rwf380m Gymnasium

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba)

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) is looking for sponsorship to enable construct a Rwf380m gymnasium.

The Ferwaba president, Desire Mugwiza confirmed the development on Thursday, adding that they expect to kick off the construction of the gymnasium next year.

He said, “We did a feasibility study on the cost of the project and we will send it to the Ministry of Sports before securing land. After that we have a list of potential sponsors who we will approach with an offer,”

Rwanda has seven gymnasiums which include:  Lycee de Kigali, Amahoro Indoor Stadium, NPC Gymnasium, Kimisagara Youth Sports Centre, Group de la Sale (Byumba), UR (National University of Butare) and Green Hills Academy.

October 27, 2014 By : Category : English featured Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Ruhezamihigo dropped after requesting Rwf7m for call-up



RWANDA BASKETBALL Federation, FERWABA has snubbed Canada-based professional Hamza Ruhezamigo in preparations for the upcoming 2014 FIBA Africa Zone V Nations qualifiers.

The event was earlier scheduled for June 12-18 but it was adjourned by FIBA to September 21-28.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation General Secretary Richard Mutabazi said in Friday’s news briefing that Ruhezamihigo requested certain things in order to honour the national team call.

Among other things, Ruhezamihigo demanded to be paid US$10,000 (Rwf.7m) as reimbursement for the duration he will spend off work in Canada to honour the national team call.

“Ruhezamihigo demanded money which we could not afford because even the little we have is not enough to prepare a single national team. We will concentrate on preparing the available players,” added Mutabazi.

Ruhezamihigo was first selected to the national team in 2007 and has participated with Rwanda in last 4 Fiba Afro-basket championships since then-in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

September 16, 2014 By : Category : English featured Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Espoir off to bright start in Basketball league

Espoir off to bright start in Basketball league

Espoir’s forward Olivier Shyaka (right)

Reigning champions Espoir started defence off their basketball national league title in a pleasing mode after they thrashed 30-Plus 105-40 on Sunday at Camp Kigali courts.

Fresh from last week’s triumph at the preseason tournament, the 2012 Fiba Africa Zone V champions Espoir were keen to make a statement about their quest for a third successive league title.

Foward Olivier Shyaka scored game high 30 points, while Burundian-import Christian Barutwanayo and former APR’s diminutive forward Lionnel Hakizimana scored 26 and 24 points, respectively, as Espoir made light work of their opponents.

“We are really humbled to start with such a win, it shows how far we are willing to go as far as making this team the dominant force in Rwanda basketball,” Espoir’s head coach Jean Bahufite told Times Sport shortly after the match.

In another match played on the opening day, APR won 59-43 against new league Gisenyi basketball club, thanks to Richard Gatanazi and Sanny Niyomugabo, who contributed 14 points apiece.

Elsewhere, last year’s first runners-up Kigali basketball club (KBC) beat United Generation Basketball (UGB) 68-52 at Camp Kigali.

February 25, 2014 By : Category : featured inthespotlight Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Espoir lift pre-season tourney title


Men’s Final

Espoir 79-46 APR

Espoir's Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points against his former club

Espoir’s Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points against his former club

Reigning champions Espoir basketball club secured their first title of the season as they beat APR to lift the Men’s basketball pre-season tournament title mid this week.

Two-time reigning league champions trounced their archrivals APR 79-46 in the final at the National Paralympics Committee gymnasium court at Amahoro stadium.

The clash was initially meant for Sunday but due to heavy rain it was rescheduled for Wednesday at NPC gymnasium but the changes didn’t stop Jean Bahufite’s team to justify their place as the top team in Rwandan club basketball.

Espoir’s Burundian-born forward Christian Barutwanayo scored a game high of 23 points, Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points and Olivier Shyaka added 10 points, while new signing Mike Buzangu, who was handed the captain’s armband, was also restricted to just 10 points.

APR came into the pre-season tournament aiming to try out their new signing and the club reached the final after finishing top of Pool B that also included Kigali basketball club (KBC), 30-Plus and NUR- College of Education (former KIE).

Nyamirambo-based Espoir qualified for the final after finishing leaders of Pool A that was also made up of Cercle sportif de Kigali (CSK), league’s newcomers IPRC Kicukiro and United Generation Basketball club (UGB).

February 23, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Espoir’s keep eye on third league title

m_Espoir’s keep eye on third league title

Espoir basketball club coach Jean Bahufite is eager to write a new record this season as he seeks to win another third national league and playoff titles in a row.

 The new league season is scheduled to get underway next weekend, but before that the Rwanda Basketball Federation has organised a pre-season tournament this weekend at Amahoro indoor stadium court.

 He told the press on Thursday, “We have built probably the strongest Espoir team ever, which can perform on a high level. We have everything in place to make sure that we have another successful season,”

 The former Espoir and national team player added that the target is to win the league title again.

 “It’s a record that we are determined to try and achieve, this club has done it before and I am sure we can do it again,” he added.

 Espoir set the record of winning the league title three times in a row from 2003 to 2005 and that was equaled by their archrivals APR in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

 The Nyamirambo-based club has won the league and playoffs titles for the past two consecutive seasons and Bahufite is keen to see his team continue dominance in the new season.

 Last week, the club bolstered their squad with the acquisition of one of the best players in league Mike Buzangu from rivals Kigali Basketball Club.

February 16, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Rwanda basketball League Tags:
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Basket-Rwanda: Espoir BBC termine invaincue la phase aller du championnat !

Le championnat national de basket qui s’est joué ce weekend (8e journée) a vu la série d’invincibilité d’Espoir BBC  continuer, puisqu’Espoir a écrasé United Generation Basketball (UGB) par 104 points contre 40 points ce dimanche 04 novembre 2012 au Cercle Sportif de Kigali.

Ce match a été dominé de bout en bout par les basketteurs d’Espoir où  le joueur vedette Aristide Mugabe a inscrit 34 points tandis que Bienvenu Ngandu s’est contenté de 18 points. Du coté d’UGB, c’est Cassay qui a émergé avec 14 points pour son équipe. Ce match conclu la phase aller du championnat de basket où Espoir BBC, triple champion national, reste invaincu.

Dans les autres rencontres de ce dimanche, KIE a battu difficilement le Cercle Sportif de Kigali par 61 points contre 58. Par contre UNR s’est défait de Rusizi (90-78).

Le choc de cette journée (vendredi 02 novembre 2012) a vu la confrontation entre le deuxième (KBC BBC) et le troisième (APR BBC) au classement provisoire du championnat. APR BBC a eu raison de KBC après prolongation par 85-77. Ce match sous tension où le coach d’APR, Clif Owuor, a reçu un carton rouge, s’est caractérisé par le resserrement défensif des basketteurs d’APR afin de contenir les joueurs de KBC qui ont mené au score presque toute la partie.

Au cours de cette rencontre, Lionel Hakizimana (APR BBC) a planté 36 points tandis que Mike Bizangu de KBC a scoré 32 points pour son equipe.

 Vendredi 02/11/2012

APR BBC- KBC (85-77)

 Samedi  03/11/2012

30 Plus- Rusizi (68-84)

UGB –KIE (60-40)

Dimanche 04/11/2012

UNR-Rusizi (80-78)

CSK- KIE (58-61)

UGB- Espoir (40-104)



November 6, 2012 By : Category : Rwanda basketball League Tags:, ,
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Rwanda : KBC irakina na APR BBC mu gusoza imikino ya shampiyona ibanza

Ubwo imikino ibanza ya shampiyona ya Basketball isozwa mu mpera z’icyi cyumweru, kuri uyu wa gatanu tariki ya 02/11/2012, Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) irakina na APR BBC kuri Stade ntoya i Remera guhera saa moya n’igice z’umugoroba.

Uyu ni wo mukino ukomeye kurusha indi yose izaba mu mpera z’icyumweru, kuko aya makipe yombi arashaka umwanya wa mbere muri shampiyona kuko KBC iri ku mwanya wa kabiri naho APR BBC ikaba iri ku mwanya wa gatatu.

Ikindi gikomeza uyu mukino, KBC niyo yegukanye ibikombe bya shampiyona mu myaka ibiri ishize ndetse n’igikombe cy’Agaciro Development Fund, mu gihe APR BBC ariyo ifite ibikombe byinshi bya shampiyona, gusa ikaba idaheruka kucyegukana.

Mu mikino ya shampiyona iheruka kuba mu cyumweru gishize, KBC yari yatsinzwe na mukeba wayo Espoir BBC mu gihe APR BBC yo yari yitwaye neza itsinda KIE.

Undi mikino ukinwa kuri uyu wa gatanu, United Generation Basketball (UGB) irakina na Espoir BBC guhera saa kumin n’imwe n’igice kuri stade ntoya i Remera.

Ku wa gatandatu tariki ya 3/11/2012 UGB izakina na Kigali Institute od Education (KIE) naho 30 Plus ikine na Ruzizi BBC.

Ku cyumweru tariki ya 4/11/2012, Kaminuza y’u Rwanda (NUR) izakina na Rusizi BBC naho KIE ikine na Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK).

Nyuma y’imikino irindwi ya shampiyona imaze gukinwa, Espoir BBC no yo iri ku isonga n’amanota 14, ikurikiwe na KBC n’amanota 13 naho APR BBC ikaza ku mwanya wa gatatu n’amanota 12.

UGB, 30 Plus na Kaminuza y’u Rwanda zifite amanota umunani, Rusizi ikagira amanota arindwi, naho KIE ikaza ku mwanya wa nyuma n’amanota 6.


November 3, 2012 By : Category : Rwanda basketball League Tags:, , , , ,
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