Rwanda deemed to opening defeat by Egypt

Forward Kami Kabange seen in action at the 2013 Fiba Afrobasket tournament, will be vital for Rwanda at the zonal tournament in Uganda where he plays his club game for City Oilers

Forward Kami Kabange seen in action at the 2013 Fiba Afrobasket tournament, will be vital for Rwanda at the zonal tournament in Uganda where he plays his club game for City Oilers


Rwanda 63-79

RWANDA MEN’S basketball team registered a poor start in the 2014 Fiba/Zone V Championship title which kicked off on Sunday at the Lugogo Arena, in Kampala.

Rwanda, last year’s losing finalists could not maintain the Egyptians who registered a 79-63 to pick their first win in the tournament.

Despite having a slim 34-33 win over Egypt at half time, Moise Mutokambali’s outfit could not contain the Egyptians are in Kampala to make a mark after a disastrous World Cup championship poor display.

Last year, Rwanda lost to Egypt in last year’s edition. Rwanda lost 57-96 in the group stages before another 76-82 loss in the final held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Rwanda, who finished runner-up last year behind Egypt, will be hoping to go a step further this time round, although the North African side still remains the overwhelming favourites.

Rwanda face Somalia in their second match of the tournament slated for Tuesday at 17.00 at Lugogo indoor stadium in Kampala

Defending champions Egypt is the team to beat in this tournament whereas Rwanda, Somalia and Kenya will fancy their chances too.

Afrobasket is the African championship and the Zone V finalists will qualify for the continental showpiece that will be held in Congo next year.

They will also qualify for the next All Africa Games, doubling as a qualifier for the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games.

September 23, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Rwanda goes for Fiba Zone V Title in Uganda

m_Quartet begins race to final

THE NATIONAL MEN’S basketball team is in Uganda ready to fight tooth and nail in ensuring that they emerge victorious at the end of the 2014 FIBA/Zone V regional tournament which tips off in Kampala, Uganda from September 22 at MTN Arena in Lugogo.

The regional tournament which also serves as 2015 Fiba/Afro-basket and All Africa Games qualifier has attracted Zone V countries such as reigning champions Egypt, hosts Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.

Head coach Moise Mutokambali departed to Kampala last night aboard with a 12-man team. He said on Friday, “We are embarking on a tricky journey but focused on winning the title,”

“I have a solid and confident team which believes in winning. We have time to rectify some of the key issues that would let us down in defense but the rest of the departments are oaky and players are fully fit to ensure that the job is well done,”

Rwanda who finished runners-up last year, have vowed to make amends and win the title but they are aware of the tough challenge en-route to the final.

Though the challenge for the title quest will be tough considering the state of participating countries which have improved their style of play, Mutokambali remains confident that Rwanda has talented and experienced players ready to face anyone and win the title.

“We have assembled a very good squad which has valuable experience needed to shine at this level. We know every nation has made improvements, some have summoned their players featuring in Europe and USA but I do remain convinced that Rwanda will emerge victorious at the end of the tournament,”

“Our ambition is to win the title and be able to qualify for the Afro-basket finals, for a fifth consecutive time,” added Mutokambali.

Though Egypt is regarded as favourites to win the tournament, they couldn’t register any point during the group stages of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Africa was represented by Angola, Egypt and Senegal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup this month where eventual winners of the tournament, the U.S retained their world cup title.

The team’s biggest loss was to Brazil who defeated them 128-65. Meanwhile, Angola managed only one win, beating Korea 80-69.

Senegal was the only African team that managed to progress to the round of 16 after a tough fight in the first stage.

In last year’s edition held in Tanzania, Rwanda lost to Egypt in the finals but went ahead to qualify to the African tournament on wild card, finishing 10th out of 16 countries.

The finalists in both categories (Men & Women) at the Fiba Zone V tournament will represent the region at these two continental showpieces.

The National Basketball team: Ally AboubakarBarame, Curtis Bradley Cameron, Kami Kabange, Kenneth Herbert Gasana, Aristide Mugabe, Ali KazingufuKubwimana, Pascal KarekeziRurangirwa, Lionel Hakizimana, Sunny Munyandamutsa, Olivier Shyaka, ElieKaje and Steven Hagumintwali.


September 20, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

Financial constraints force women hoops out of Zone V tourney

The women’s team captain Honore Ayebare, (left) seen here playing against Uganda during the 2011 Zone V tourney in Kigali

The women’s team captain Honore Ayebare, (left) seen here playing against Uganda during the 2011 Zone V tourney in Kigali

Lack of funds has forced the women national basketball team to withdraw from the upcoming Fiba/Africa Zone Five Championships scheduled for September 21-30 in Kampala, Uganda.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) secretary general Richard Mutabaziconfirmed the development this week.

He told the press, “We initially requested the funds from the Ministry of Sports and Culture but surprisingly we got less than 1/3 of what we had asked thus taking the option of ruling our team out of the regional championship,”

“It would have been a good platform to see the standard of our women national team but since we don’t have any funds to do so, we will wait until next year to try out our luck,” added a saddened Mutabazi.

Previously, the women’s team had featured in the African basketball championships (Afro-basket) in 2009 and 2011, while men have been at the finals tournament since 2007.

Last year, the men’s team under the guidance of MoiseMotokambalifinished tenth at the 16-team continental meet in Ivory Coast.

The men’s team has already started camp and it is mainly dominated by players featuring in the national league.

They include players from reigning champions Espoir namely; Aristide Mugabe, LionnelHakizimana, Pascal KarekeziRurangirwa, ElieKaje, Olivier Shyaka and BienvenueNgandu.

Others are; Aboubakar Ally Barame (CSK), Alphonse Habyarimana, Steven Havugintwari and Jean Paul Ndoli (IPRC-Kigali), PacifiqueHabyarimana and Ali KazingufuKubwimana (KBC), Parfait IShimwe, Ernest NestonManzi and Sunny Munyandamutsa (APR) and Olivier Muhizi (UGB).

Professionals are: Kami Kabange (Uganda), Kenneth Gasana (Morocco), Bradley Cameroon (USA), Yannick Nicolas Gihana (France), while Canada-based team captain Hamza Ruhezamihigo remains a major doubt.

September 10, 2014 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Focus turns national team hoops

Focus turns national team hoops

Focus has been shifted to the national basketball team as it gears up for the Fiba/Africa Zone V Championships scheduled for September 21-30 in Kampala, Uganda.

 Over the weekend, Espoir basketball club beat rivals CercleSportif de Kigali 85-54 in Game Four to win the play-offs crown for the third season in a row.

 In-front of a sparse crowd, defending champions Espoir dominated the game in what was expected to be a nail-biting clash, winning all four quarters; 35-17, 19-13, 16-11 and 25-13 respectively.

 Former national U-18 team captain Pascal Karekezi and Congolese-born powerful forward BienvenueNgandu of Espoir each scored 18 points for Jean Bahufite’s champions, while CSK’s Buzangu brothers Mike and Patrick scored 13 and 11 points respectively.

 Nyamirambo-based Espoir won the best of five final series 3-1 having taken Games 1 and 2 but lost Game 3 two weeks ago. The playoffs title completes another double for Espoir following success in the regular season league.

 Ubumwe BC won the women’s regular league and playoffs titles to end APR’s dominance.

 The regional competition will also serve as qualifiers for 2015 All Africa Games in the Republic of Congo and 2015 Afro-basket Championships, which will be held in Tunisia.

 Both the men and women teams started residential camp today at Hotel La Pallisse, Nyandungu and training at Amahoro indoor stadium ahead of the regional event.

 The regional competition will also serve as qualifiers for 2015 All Africa Games in the Republic of Congo and 2015 Afro-basket Championships, which will be held in Tunisia.


France-based Nicolas YannickGihana, who will be marking his debut, was the first to arrive on Saturday, while Kami Kabange, who plays for Ugandan side City Oilers joined on Sunday.

 US-based Bradley Cameron is expected to arrive on Tuesday (tomorrow) while Kenny Gasana, who plies his trade in Morocco, is expected on Thursday.

 The national team’s captain Hamza Ruhezamihigo, based in Canada, is the only player yet to confirm the exact date of arrival.

 The Men’s team will be without US-based trio of Patrice Twagirayezu, Dan Manzi and Adonis Rugamba as well as TierrySukusuku based in France due to school commitments.

 The men’s team is coached by MoiseMutokambali, while the women’s is being handled by Jacques Bahige.

September 10, 2014 By : Category : English Tournament 0 Comment

Urunani retain title, Espoir finish a distant sixth

Urunani Basketball club

Urunani Basketball club

BURUNDI’S URUNANI on Sunday overpowered hosts KPA with a 59-68 win to lift the men’s Zone 5 Basketball title in a tense, thrilling match staged at the Makande Hall in Mombasa.

Urunani had a powerful start winning the opening quarter 14-06 as KPA played a catching up game in the second and third quarter where they had narrow wins of 17-15, 15-12.

Urunani recovered well in the final quarter for the match to take overall chart   strength posting a 27-12 triumph for an overall performance that saw them crowned champions.

USIU women team, The Flames won the women’s title after defeating KPA in the finals also played at the same venue.

The four teams USIU, KPA (Men and women) and Urunani will represent the region at the Africa Club Championships slated for November in Tunisia.

Rwandan club Espoir who two years ago won the regional club title staged a poor performance to finish a distant sixth position together with APR, the women’s club clinching the same position.

Final classification


1- Urunani (Bdi)

2- KPA (Ken)

3- City Oilers (Ugda)

4- Tiger Head Power (Uga)

5- Coop Bank (Kya)


7- Etho Water Sport (Eth.)

8- I.L.S (Somalia)



1- United States International University (Ken)

2- KPA (Kya)

3- KCCA (Ug)

4- Berco Stars (Bdi)

5- UCU (Ug)

6- APR Ladies (Rwa)

7- Don Bosco (Tza)

8- Government House Sports Club (Eth)


Individual awards

Top scorers

Women: ClareLamunu(KCCA) 111 Pts

Men: Elvis Hakizimana(Urunani) 78 Pts


Most outstanding players

Women: Florence Kalume (Berco Stars)

Men: Ben Komatech (City Oilers)


Most Valuable Players

Women: Chan Sarah Chan (USIU)

Men: Landry Ndikumana(Urunani)


September 2, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

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.

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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

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