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

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

Espoir eye title victory this weekend

 Espoir eye title victory this weekend

Basketball League


KBC vs CSK 6p.m


UR- Huye vs IPRC 12p.m


Gisenyi vs Espoir 9a.m

Rusizi vs IPRC 10a.m

KCB vs APR 11a.m

REIGNING CHAMPIONS Espoir are set to retain the league title this weekend if they secure a win over Gisenyi club on Sunday.

Espoir who sit at the summit of the league standings with 34 points from 17 matches needs a win over Gisenyi to be granted of title, their third in row since 2012.

Defending champions Espoir are not only interested in retaining the title but winning it in style with an unbeaten record according to Coach Jean Bahufite.

“We want to maintain a perfect finish. Even losing a single league game would be a back slide, we won the title unbeaten in the last two seasons and we intend to repeat the same feat this time,” added Bahufite.

Though the Nyamirambo-based club has two matches in hand against Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) and Rusizi BBC, a win won’t affect their party celebrations on Sunday.

However, before that Kigali basketball club (KBC) hosts CSK today before facing APR in the second game on Sunday.

On Saturday, IPRC-Kicukiro will take on University of Rwanda- Huye Campus (former NUR) and Rusizi on Sunday respectively.

CSK are second on the log with 31 points in 17 matches while APR is placed third on 28 points secured in 18 matches.

June 27, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

Spurs coach Popovich savours fifth NBA title

The San Antonio Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs.

Gregg Popovich thought he had seen it all in his 17 seasons as a coach in the National Basketball Association.

 That is until his San Antonio Spurs exploded in the opening half of game three of the NBA finals, shooting a finals record 76 per cent.

 “I don’t think we’ll shoot 76 per cent in a half ever again. That’s crazy,” Popovich said.

 For a coach who often rebuffs interviewers with surly one-word answers, Popovich’s impromptu answer was refreshingly out of character.

 But make no mistake, behind that gruff exterior is a coach who knows how to motivate and cares immensely about his players. The 65-year-old Popovich is a great decision maker who led the Spurs to the fifth title in franchise history Sunday as San Antonio wrapped up a five-game victory over the Miami Heat.

 The Spurs stomped the two-time defending NBA champion Heat in the 2014 finals, shooting a finals record 52.7 percent from the field overall.

 They put together two straight blowout wins in games three and four on the road before returning home to clinch the series with another lopsided 104-87 win.

 This season Popovich has been able to mould the raw talent of Kawhi Leonard into the MVP of the finals. He also took Charlotte Bobcats castoff Boris Diaw and fit him perfectly into the Spurs’ system.


 “As time evolves and you get older in the business you figure out what’s really important, and you don’t waste time trying to make people what they’re not going to be,” Popovich said.

 “You’ve just got to figure out who people are and what they can give you and take advantage of their positives.

 “You learn that you can’t make everything the way you think you might. You can’t make somebody great, so you don’t waste your time. You make a trade. You get rid of somebody.

 “You make sure you’re bringing people in who fit in all the areas you want. Competitiveness and team play.”

 Popovich likes to tell the story of when Manu Ginobili first arrived in San Antonio.

 “I’ve learned to shut up more, and that probably is due to Manu Ginobili,” he said. “When he first came I was going to make him a heck of a player.

 “And after 20 minutes I realized that he didn’t need me to do that. He was already a heck of a player.

 “Sometimes being quiet and letting the player play is much more important than trying to be Mr. Coach and teach him this or teach him that.

 “I didn’t make him a competitor and there is no way I could make him a non-competitor.”

 Popovich believes communication is the key to any good relationship between coach and player.

 “You take somebody like Danny Green, who we’ve worked with for a long time and actually cut him twice,” Popovich said. “When you see somebody develop and come into his own, you feel like you did something worthwhile.

 “So it’s one of the sources of satisfaction in the business, if you can see a young player grow and become confident.”

 This year Popovich led the Spurs to a NBA best 62-20 record, extending their streak of winning at least 50 games to a record 15-straight seasons.

 Popovich had guided the Spurs to six NBA finals appearances.


Popovich was named the NBA’s coach of the year in April. It is the third time he has earned the award, joining Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to receive the Red Auerbach Trophy three times. He also won the award in the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.

 Popovich is the longest tenured active coach in the NBA, but in 1999 there were calls for his ouster after the Spurs got off to a rocky start to the lockout-shortened season.

 San Antonio had lost five of seven including back-to-back double digit losses to Utah and Seattle.

 The Spurs eventually turned it around, going on a 15-2 run in the playoffs. They topped it off by beating the New York Knicks in five games for their first NBA title.

 Popovich says NBA owners are often too quick to pull the trigger on coaches when teams get off to poor starts or don’t live up high expectations.

 “Guys get fired every year who are good coaches and it has got nothing to do with what they know or don’t know,” Popovich said.


June 19, 2014 By : Category : English NBA Tournament 0 Comment

Mombasa to host Zone 5 Hoops Championship

Mombasa to host Zone 5 Hoops ChampionshipThe City of Mombasa will host this year’s African Zone 5 basketball championships in August. This was ratified on Sunday by the Kenya Basketball Federation executive. The tournament will be held between 25th to 31st August at the KPA Makande Hall in Mombasa.

According to the officials, there is a possibility of having a second venue with Aga Khan High School gymnasium among those targeted to host part of the matches. This is however yet to be confirmed.

The last edition of the competition was held in Burundi where Kenya’s Eagle Wings won the title defeating another Kenyan team USIU in the finals. Both teams booked the ticket to represent the region at the African club championships held in Morocco with Eagle Wings finishing third.

Kenya will this year be represented by Women champions KPA who will be the host team and USIU Flames with Cooperative Bank and KPA being the men‘s representatives.

Burundi Final ranking.


1- EAGLE WINGS (Kenya)

2- USIU (Kenya)

3- KCCA (Uganda)

4- Les Gazelles (Burundi)

5- Berco Star (Burundi)

6- Don Bosco (Tanzania)

7- APR BBC Ladies (Rwanda)


1- URUNANI (Burundi)

2- ESPOIR BBC (Rwanda)

3- New Stars (Burundi)

4- WARRIORS (Uganda)

5- USIU (Kenya)

6- Vijana (Tanzania)

January 17, 2014 By : Category : Tournament 0 Comment

Rwanda ranked 62nd in Fiba World rankings

Rwanda ranked 62nd in Fiba World rankings

Ferwaba chairman Desire Mugwiza.

RWANDA Men’s basketball team improved five places from 67th to 62nd in the Fiba Continental Championships rankings released on Tuesday.

 With 6.6 points, Rwanda is ranked 62nd in the world, 12th in Africa and 2nd in Zone V.

The women team dropped two places to 63rd with four points while USA, Australia and Russia top the world rankings.

 In Africa’s women rankings, Rwanda is ranked 11th with Mali, Angola and Senegal.

USA, Spain and Argentina make the top three best ranked teams in the World while Angola is the best ranked African country at 15th position followed by Nigeria and Tunisia at 18th and 23rd positions respectively.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation, Ferwaba chairman Desire Mugwiza said yesterday, “We are happy with the new improvements. This shows that we did a lot in terms of giving a chance to local players,”

“We will continue to do the best to improve on the current rankings such that we can even attain better rankings in future,” added Mugwiza.

The men’s team current rankings are attributed to last year’s performance at the Afrobasket championship held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where the country finished tenth.

Following a 54-76 loss to Tunisia in the 9th/10th position playoff, Rwanda went two places up the grid having finished in 12th position at the 2011 edition in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The Zone V representatives are yet to put up a better performance than they did at the 2009 edition of the biennial event where Rwanda finished in ninth position in Libya.

January 17, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Umutoza wa Espoir BBC yamaze kwizera kuzegukana igikombe cya Play-offs

Umutoza wa Espoir BBC yamaze kwizera kuzegukana igikombe cya Play-offs

Umutoza w’ikipe ya Espoir Basketball Club John Bahufite, aratangaza ko afite icyizere cyinshi cyo kuzegukana igikombe cya Play – off uyu mwaka, nyuma yo gutsinda APR BBC mu mikino ibiri ku busa mu mpera z’icyumweru  gishize.

Mu mukino wa mbere wabaye ku wa gatandatu tariki ya 9/3/2013, Espoir BBC yari yatsinze APR BBC amanota 89-63, maze ku mukino wa kabiri wabaye bucyeye bwaho ku cyumweru, Espoir BBC inyagira APR BBC amanota 106 kuri 54.

Kugirango ikipe itware igikombe cya Play Offs, igomba gutsinda imikino itatu. Kuba Espoir BBC yaramaze gutsinda imikino ibiri, ngo bibaha icyizere ntakuka ko n’igikombe bazacyegukana.

Bahufite yagize ati, “Urebye navuga ko twamaze kwizera gutwara igikombe, kuko APR BBC twamaze kuyitsinda mu mikino ibiri kandi tuyirusha, gusa ntitwakwirara tutarakina uwo mukino, tugomba kuwukinana imbaraga uko bisanzwe, kuko si byiza gutangira kwishima kandi hari umukino dusigaje”.

Bahufite warangije shampiyona y’umwaka ushize ikipe ye iri ku mwanya wa mbere kandi  idatsinzwe umukino n’umwe, avuga ko icyatumye barangiza shampiyona nta kipe n’imwe ibatsinze ndetse ubu bakaba baratsinze APR BBC biterwa  n’ubuyobozi bubaba hafi kandi nabo bagakinana ubwitange n’ishyaka.

“Ubundi nta banga ridasanzwe dukoresha kugirango dutsinda amakipe, uretse ikinyabupfura kiranga abakinnyi bacu. Bakina bashyize hamwe kandi n’Ubuyobozi bukatuba hafi muri byose. Ku bijyanye no gutsinda APR BBC byo, icyo twayishoboje ni ugufata umukinnyi witwa Lionel Hakizimana igenderaho, hanyuma tugakinana ubwisanzure”.

Espoir BBC ifitanye umukino wa gatatu na APR BBC ku wa gatandatu tariki ya 16/3/2013, maze Espoir BC yawutsinda igahita itwara igikombe.

N’ubwo Espoir BBC yamaze kwizera kugitwara, umutoza wa APR BBC Cliff Owour ukomoka muri Kenya avuga ko bazakomeza kwitoza neza ku buryo bashobora gutungura Espoir BBC.

“Nibyo koko Espoir BBC yaraturushije mu mikino ibiri yarangiye,  kuko mu by’ukuru yaturushije imbaraga kandi ifite abakinnyi bafite inararibonye, ariko ntabwo turatakaza icyizere, kuko tugiye gukora imyitozo ku buryo dushobora gutungura Espoir BBC mu mukino wa gatatu”.

Mu guhatanira umwanya wa gatatu, ikipe ye Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) yamaze kuwegukana, nyuma yo gutsinda Cercle Sportif de Kigali  (CSk), imikino ibiri ku busa. Umukino wa mbere KBC yawutsinze ku manota 72 kuri 62, naho umukino wa kabiri CSK yatewe mpaga y’amanota 20 ku busa nyuma yo kwanga kuza ku kibuga.


March 14, 2013 By : Category : featured Tournament Tags:, , , , , ,
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Play-offs: amakipe azakina umukino wa nyuma azamenyekana tariki ya 6/3/2013

Play-offs: amakipe azakina umukino wa nyuma azamenyekana tariki ya 6/3/2013

Amakipe  y’abagabo azakina umukino wa nyuma muri Play-offs za basketball muri uyu mwaka, azamenyekana ku wa gatatu tariki ya 6/3/2013, ubwo hazakinwa imikino ya nyuma ya ½ cy’irangiza.

Iyi mikino yitabiriwe n’amakipe ane yabaye aya mbere muri shampiyona iheruka aho abiri akina hagati yayo, iyatwaye igikombe igakina n’iyabaye iya gatatu, naho iyabaye iya kabiri igakina n’iyabaye iya kane, hanyuma ikipe itsinze imikino ibiri igakomeza ku mukino wa nyuma.

Espoir BBC yatwaye igikombe cya shampiyona iheruka, mu mikino ya Playoffs yatsinze CSK mu mukino wa mbere wabaye ku cyumweru, umukino wa kabiri wakinwe ku wa mbere ntabwo warangiye kuko haguye imvura, ugomba gusubirwamo kuri uyu wa gatatu kuri stade ntoya i Remera.

Undi mukino uzaba ku wa gatatu, uzahuza APR BBC yabaye iya kabiri muri shampiyona na KBC yabaye iya kane. Mu mikino ibiri yahuje aya makipe yombi, APR BBC yatsinzemo umukino umwe, KBC nayo itsinda undi, bivuze ko umukino uzaba kuri uyu wa gatatu kuri Stade ntoya i Remera uzaba ugamije kumenya ikipe ikomeza ku mukino wa nyuma.

Itegeko rigenga imikino ya Play-offs rivuga ko ikipe igomba kugera ku mukino wa nyuma imaze gutsinda nibura imikino ibiri. Iyo rero amakipe anganyije umukino umwe kuri umwe hitabazwa umukino wo kwisobanura (match de barrage).

Amakipe azabona itike yo gukina umukino wa nyuma azamenyekana kuri uyu wa gatatu, naho imikino ya nyuma itangire gukinwa ku wa gatandatu tariki ya 9/3/2013. Kuri iyo tariki kandi nibwo hazanatangira gukinwa imikino yo guhatanira umwanya wa gatatu.

Amakipe azaba yasezerewe muri ½ cy’irangiza azakina imikino itatu, aho ikipe izatsinda kabiri izegukana umwanya wa gatatu. Ku mukino wa nyuma, amakipe azaba yabonye iyo tike, azakina imikino itanu kugirango haboneke ikipe izaba yatsinzemo imikino itatu, ikazaba ari nayo yegukana igkombe. Biteganyijwe ko umukino usoza iyindi yose uzakinwa tariki ya 23/3/2013.

March 7, 2013 By : Category : featured Tournament Tags:, , , , ,
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Basketball: Imikino ya Play-Offs mu bagore izatangira mu mpera z’cyi cyumweru.

Basketball: Imikino ya Play-Offs mu bagore izatangira mu mpera z’cyi cyumweru.

Nyuma yo gusoza imikino ya shampiyona, ishyirahamwe ry’umukino wa Basketball mu Rwanda FERWABA ryateguye n’imikino ihuza amakipe ane yabaye aya mbere mu bagore (women play-offs) izatangira ku wa gatandatu tariki ya 9/3/2013.

Iri rushanwa ry’amakipe ane rizajya ribera kuri Stade ntoya i Remera, rizitabirwa na APR BBC yatwaye igikombe, ikazatangira irushanwa muri ½ cy’irangiza ikina na Kaminuza y’u Rwanda (NUR) yabaye iya kane.

Undi mukino wa ½ cy’irangiza uzahuza Ubumwe BBC yabaye iya kabiri muri shampiyona  na RAPP BBC yabaye iya gatatu.

Imikino ya ½ cy’irangiza izakomeza tariki ya 10, 11 na 13/3/2013, APR BBC ikazakina na kaminuza y’u Rwanda naho Ubumwe BBC ikazakina na RAPP, maze ikipe itsinzemo imikino ibiri ibone itike yo gukina umukino wa nyuma.

Imikino ya nyuma ndetse no guhatanira umwanya wa gatatu uzatangira tariki ya 16/3/2013.

APR BBC yegukanye igikombe cya shampiyona n’icya Play –offs umwaka ushize nyuma yo gutsinda kaminuza y’u Rwanda, n’uyu mwaka irahabwa amahirwe yo kongera kwegukana igikombe cya Play-offs nyuma yo kwigaragaza ikarusha amakipe yose zari zihanganye ikazitwarana igikombe cya shampiyona.

March 7, 2013 By : Category : featured Tournament Tags:, , , , ,
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