U-18 national boys team look set to take on the hosts Mozambique in their opening fixture of the Africa Youth Championships that kick off this Thursday the 16th August 2012. The team left for Maputo-Mozambique on Sunday evening for the competition that runs from August 16-25.
“It will not be easy for the players because they are only making their first appearance but they need not to use that as an excuse, but rather try to perform to the best of their ability, which I’m sure they are capable of,” Amanovic said before the team’s departure.
Over 20 teams including Egypt, Tunisia, and Nigeria will take part in the two-week tournament, and Rwanda Basketball Federation Secretary General Richard Mutabazi thinks the competition will give them a good measure of the country’s standing against the rest of the continent in terms of hoops youth development.
Rwanda qualified for the continental championship after defeating Kenya in two-nation Zone V qualifiers played in Kigali last month. The winner of the African championships will qualify to represent Africa at the U-19 world Youth championships to be held next year. Among the favorites to win it are Tunisia, Egypt, Angola and the hosts Mozambique