Rwanda Basketball teams gear’s up for the Fiba Zone V Championships set for Tanzania
The Rwanda senior national basketball teams are now gearing up for this year’s Fiba Zone V Championships which starts on January 21 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The teams are currently training at the Amahoro indoor stadium ahead of the glamour tournament that has attracted 12 countries that include Uganda, South Sudan ,hosts Tanzania, Burundi, and Djibouti. Other participants include Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan,
Jean Bahufite who is the head coach of Rwanda league outfit Espoir, said preparations will commence with home based players, who will be joined by their professional colleagues next week.
The team which is scheduled to depart for Dar on Jan 19 will be under the guidance of new coach Moise Mutokambali, who replaced the sacked Serbian Nenad Amanovic.
“Preparations will start on Thursday with local players as we wait for the professional players, who are expected to join camp next week,” Bahufite was quoted by Rwanda Times Sport .
Among the professional players will be Canada-based Hamza Ruhezamihigo, Kenneth Gasana and Bradley Cameron Curtis, however, there is no place on the team for Rob Thompson and Mathew Miller.
The provisional 26-man squad will include six professional players, namely; Dan Rugamba (Seattle Community College, USA), Ruhezamihigo (Concordia, Canada), Kenneth Herbert Gasana (Ass Charab Al Hoaciema, Morocco), Isom Cedric (Primiero do Agosto, Angola), Brannon Darrius (Corr. Victoria, Mexico) and Bradley (Mississipi Gulf Coast College, USA).
The women’s team will be under Charles Mbazumutima, who will be assisted by Charles Mushumba. The provisional 24-players squad has four professional players namely; Laetitia Mahoro, Williams Angelica Monique (USA), Henderson Tiena Monay, (Angola) and Sabine Mugeni, (France).
The rest of the players in both teams (men & women) were selected from local clubs.