22 May 2015

UGANDA : Oilers get Ndikumana green light ahead of clash with Warriors

Kampala- The extremes of luxury and need could perhaps be a fitting description as Warriors play City Oilers in the Airtel National Basketball at the Lugogo MTN Arena today.
Warriors have only been able to raise a full roster once in six games this season. How they could do with more players.
Oilers don’t have such worries and received further boost this week after Fiba cleared Landry Ndikumana to join them from Burundian side Urunani. His addition feels like an extravagance, at least domestically.
Oilers have a 5-1 record with the only blemish being an 81-66 defeat to Falcons. They also prevailed 75-65 in overtime past KIU Titans with Kami Kabange and James Okello with game highs of 18 and 17 points.
Warriors in the meantime thrashed Bush Court 91-43 with Joshua Etalu scoring a game high 18 points in their last game. It is in Mark Opio, though, that coach, Gad Eteu, will hinge his hopes on. The guard is averaging 18.5 points this season.
Elsewhere, Sharing Youth continued their miserable run, losing 35-71 to Power on Wednesday. The result followed more losses to Falcons, KIU Titans, Warriors, City Oilers and UCU Canons.
Joseph Ikong made 5-of-6 shots from the field for 15 points with Paul Odong and Sudi Ulanga adding 11 apiece for Robert Mugabe’s Power while Emmanuel Okumu top scored with seven for Sharing.
Magic Stormers eased past Amazon Rhino 67-31 in the women’s only fixture.
Today at Lugogo
Stanbic Warriors vs. City Oilers 8pm
KIU Rangers vs. KCCA Leopards 6pm
WEDNESDAY RESULTS
Power 71-35 SharingYouth
Amazon 31-67 Stormers
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TANZANIA : Dar Set for Inter-Cities Basketball Tournament


Dar es Salaam has once again been picked to host the 17th edition of the East and Central Africa Inter-cities Basketball Games scheduled for May 27 to 31, this year.
The annual tournament will involve both men and women teams from over ten cities in the region. Inter-cities Basketball Committee President, Simon Msofe told journalists in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that Azam Media and Energy Drink have confirmed to be the main sponsors of the tournament for the second time.
He said Azam TV will beam live matches in the five-day competition. Msofe took the opportunity to remind the local cities to prepare effectively and ensure that they keep the trophies for both categories in the country.
He urged the administration of the cities, including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mbeya, Mwanza and Tanga to assist in the preparations of their teams by participating directly to encourage other sponsors to come forward to support their teams.
"We have been picked to host this tournament again after successfully staging the 16th edition last year," said Msofe.
Apart from the five cities from Tanzania that will compete in the tournament, Msofe named other cities as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu from Kenya, while those from Uganda are Kampala, Jinja and Mukono.
Burundi and Rwanda will be represented by Bujumbura and Kigali respectively, Somalia is expected to send teams from Mogadishu, Quardho and Garowe cities, while South Sudan will bring Juba, Citizen and Malakal.

Nigeria: D'Tigress Sure of AAG, Afrobasket Tickets


Nigeria's senior women's basketball team, D'Tigress have assured that it will qualify for the 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) and Afrobasket events.
The team is currently in camp training for the qualifiers for the events billed to take place in Cote d'Ivoire between 28th of this month to the 6th of June.
Unlike their male counterparts who only played a two-legged qualifier against Burkina Faso to secure the two tickets, the girls will have to survive a round robin qualifier. But the girls who spoke with Daily Trust expressed optimism that they will earn the two tickets.
Adaora Elonu, D'Tigress power forward who plays for CB Conquero in Spain, said "hopefully, we will qualify."
Similarly, the team's captain, Helen Ogunjimi who last played for Bandar Abbas in Iran said the team will pick the tickets judging by the hard work the girls are presently putting in.
"Every body is coming in with a lot of excitement and positive attitude and it's been a great atmosphere. It's been good so far and I'm satisfied," the Shooting guard noted.
Also, Ndidi Madu who is based in the USA but plays in Spain with Cadi La Seu said: "I think we are prepared. No question, we will definitely survive the qualifier and get the tickets."
Head Coach of the team, Adewunmi Aderemi who also expressed optimism that with the caliber of players in camp, the country will earn the double tickets, confirmed that: "Everything we need to make sure we prepare well and qualify have been provided."
Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Tijani Umar said the number of teams involved in the qualifiers has not been ascertained but Nigeria will probably lock horns against; Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and others in the same Zone 2 qualifier

21 May 2015

RWANDA : U-16 boys' hoops team start residential camp

The national U-16 basketball boys team enters residential training camp today at La Palisse hotel in Nyandungu ahead of the upcoming Zone V Championship set to be held in Kigali on May 25-26.
The tournament will act as a qualifier for the FIBA Afrobasket U-16 tournament which will be held in Mali in July, however, only Eritrea has confirmed to take part in the regional tourney.
Other Zone V countries like Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda communicated to the Rwanda Basketball Federation and FIBA-Africa indicating that they don’t have U-16 teams.
It means Rwanda will play two games against Eritrea in which the winner will qualify for the FIBA Afro basketball tournament.
“We are trying to make sure that we have the strongest team available because we have to win the upcoming Zone V Basketball championship,” said head coach Charles Mushumba. The U-16 girls’ team has already qualified for the tourney because all the invited teams pulled out of the tournament and the FIBA Afrobasket U-16 girls’ tournament will be staged in Madagascar from July 16-24.
Rwanda Basketball Federation has organized two friendly games for the girls team against PGB of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo next month.
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DEBUTANTS United States International University (USIU) women’s team beat Footprints 39-35 in a Nairobi Basketball Association league match played at Railways Club over the weekend.
But in their second game, they were brought down to earth by Zetech University who dismissed them 51-38. African Nazarene University (ANU) hit Riara University Queens 61-59. In other matches Parklands Arya beat Mount Kenya University, Thika 41-36, Strathmore University walloped Jomo Kenyatta University 79-31 and went on to dismiss Parklands 59-42. Zetech nailed ANU 48-11.
In the men’s matches, Stathmore beat Lycans 79-29, Upper Hill trounced Jkuat Nairobi Campus 45-21 and Legacy stunned Jkuat 54-43. Other results were as follows Usiu 65 Saints 46; TUK 64 Old Pirates 549; Cuea 35 Feba 23; TUK 48 Woodley Knights 26; Our Lady Queens of Peace 65 Riara University Bucks 54; Jkuat 53 Embakasi Dynamoz 31, Strathmore 61 Tazmanians 33.

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/usiu-register-mixed-results-nba-league-nazarene-university-shine#sthash.rCATSoOE.dpuf
DEBUTANTS United States International University (USIU) women’s team beat Footprints 39-35 in a Nairobi Basketball Association league match played at Railways Club over the weekend.
But in their second game, they were brought down to earth by Zetech University who dismissed them 51-38. African Nazarene University (ANU) hit Riara University Queens 61-59. In other matches Parklands Arya beat Mount Kenya University, Thika 41-36, Strathmore University walloped Jomo Kenyatta University 79-31 and went on to dismiss Parklands 59-42. Zetech nailed ANU 48-11.
In the men’s matches, Stathmore beat Lycans 79-29, Upper Hill trounced Jkuat Nairobi Campus 45-21 and Legacy stunned Jkuat 54-43. Other results were as follows Usiu 65 Saints 46; TUK 64 Old Pirates 549; Cuea 35 Feba 23; TUK 48 Woodley Knights 26; Our Lady Queens of Peace 65 Riara University Bucks 54; Jkuat 53 Embakasi Dynamoz 31, Strathmore 61 Tazmanians 33.

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/usiu-register-mixed-results-nba-league-nazarene-university-shine#sthash.rCATSoOE.dpuf
DEBUTANTS United States International University (USIU) women’s team beat Footprints 39-35 in a Nairobi Basketball Association league match played at Railways Club over the weekend.
But in their second game, they were brought down to earth by Zetech University who dismissed them 51-38. African Nazarene University (ANU) hit Riara University Queens 61-59. In other matches Parklands Arya beat Mount Kenya University, Thika 41-36, Strathmore University walloped Jomo Kenyatta University 79-31 and went on to dismiss Parklands 59-42. Zetech nailed ANU 48-11.
In the men’s matches, Stathmore beat Lycans 79-29, Upper Hill trounced Jkuat Nairobi Campus 45-21 and Legacy stunned Jkuat 54-43. Other results were as follows Usiu 65 Saints 46; TUK 64 Old Pirates 549; Cuea 35 Feba 23; TUK 48 Woodley Knights 26; Our Lady Queens of Peace 65 Riara University Bucks 54; Jkuat 53 Embakasi Dynamoz 31, Strathmore 61 Tazmanians 33.

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/usiu-register-mixed-results-nba-league-nazarene-university-shine#sthash.rCATSoOE.dpuf

20 May 2015

UGANDA : Sharing meet Power in NBL


Power’s Fahmy Ssebatindira firmly grips the ball against Warriors.  
Sharing Youth have started the Airtel National Basketball League (NBL) season with a 0-5 run. That though has largely been down to a difficult run of fixtures that have included games against giants Falcons, KIU Titans, Warriors, City Oilers and UCU Canons.
And the trend is set to continue this evening at YMCA when Sharing come up against another side that should be challenging for this year’s title in Tiger Head Power.
Coach Robert Mugabe’s Power though, not entirely convincing in their previous game, got a 79-64 win over Warriors.
Sudi Ulanga and Joseph Ikong, who scored 21 and 14 points in that game are averaging 18.6 and 14.3 for Power who hold a 3-1 record so far.
Sharing on the other hand lost 73-47 to UCU Canons in their last game and seem to be struggling offensively with only Emmanuel Okumu averaging more than 10 points in four of their five games this season.
Playing today
Amazon vs. Stormers 6:30pm
Sharing vs. Power 8:30pm

19 May 2015

NIGERIA : Lagos Meets Delta in Western Conference Final Tagged: Nigeria West Africa

Don Domingo Secondary School Warri, Delta State players celebrating their qualification for the Milo Basketball final. The team will meet Ilupeju Grammar School, Lagos, in the final of the competition.
It was all fireworks at the Western Conference semi-final of the 17th Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship at the indoor sports hall of the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, where Don Domingo Secondary School Warri, Delta State, beat Greenland Academy from Ogun State 34-29 to make the final of the competition.
Speaking after the match, Head Coach of the Delta side, Solomon Inegbedi, said, "our victory in all stages means so much to us and most especially to grassroots sports. I applaud my players and salute their courage, just as I also thank Nestle Plc, sponsors of the championship, for assisting in the development of basketball in the country." In second semi-final, Ilupeju Grammar School, Lagos, confirmed their supremacy over Government Secondary Ilorin, Kwara State, with an emphatic 41-15.
Ilupeju Grammar School will take on Don Domingo Secondary School in the final game of the Western Conference.
In the girl's semi-finals, Ogun State representative, Zeal College Otta, will play against host team, Yejide Grammar School Ibadan, in the Western Conference final today. The girls from Ogun State soared in the last quarter to defeat hard fighting Anglican High School, Equity State 24-22.
The head coach of Zeal College Otta, Akindele Peter, said, "the victory was well deserved and we are happy clinching a final ticket."
In the second semi final, the defending champion, Yejide Grammar School, Ibadan, walloped Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, Lagos, 38-30

18 May 2015

TANZANIA : Don Bosco Retain Basketball Title


DON Bosco Lioness retained the National Basketball League (NBL) women's title for the third consecutive year after beating Jeshi Stars 83-78 in a thrilling final at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
It was a closely contested game with the two sides fighting neck-to-neck in search of victory.
The capacity crowd witnessed an entertaining game as players of both sides displayed their determination and skills to the maximum to force the scoreboard to swap every so often.
The first quarter ended with the two sides tied at 18- 18, but the champions came back strongly in the second quarter to surge ahead 31-27, but they seemed to relax as minutes ticked away and were caught at 31-31.
However, relying on the services of star players Amina Lyamaiga, Orlyn Titus, Halima Mrisho and Rehema Silomba, Don Bosco Lioness regained their tempo and forced Jeshi Stars to the receiving end to enjoy a 38-36 lead at the breather.
Jeshi Stars retaliated with much vigour in the third quarter thanks to tireless efforts by Faraja Malack, Veronica Patrick and Yvonne Christopher which saw them lead 62-60.
A wind of change finally swept across the pitch in the last quarter in which the Lioness dictated terms and scored points with much ease to seal victory.
JKT and Don Bosco Lioness will face their Zanzibar counterparts for tickets to represent Tanzania at the Zone Five tournament to be held in Mombasa, Kenya, in August.

TANZANIA : Savio Dethrone ABC, Set JKT Final Duel


ARMY Basketball Club (ABC) have been dethroned after suffering a 68-60 defeat at the hands of Savio in a thrilling semi-final clash of the National Basketball League (NBL) men's category at the National Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Savio have set a date with another army team JKT, in what is billed to be a mouthwatering final at the same venue today. The army men failed to contain Savio pressure from the word go and faced a stiff resistance from their opponents.
The defending champions had to trail behind Savio in all four quarters as Savio had the lion share of the game, which had attracted good number fans. Savio entered into the break after two quarter leading by 33- 28 points and in the third quarter ABC was also behind their opponents by one point as Savio led 46-45.
Pressure mounted in the last quarter as both teams exchanged quick points but still Savio enjoyed a lion share of possession, while ABC players were struggling to contain them. JKT cruised into the final stage after outshining Jogoo in the first semi-final clash by 96-61 points.
JKT who started the game at a low tempo lost the first quarter by 12-13 but their tempo changed in the second quarter and took command of the game, winning the remaining quarters by 16-13 and 38-14.
In the ladies category title holders Don Bosco Lioness will come face to face against their bitter rivals Jeshi Stars at the same venue today.
The game is expected to be breathtaking and mouthwatering as Jeshi Stars are looking for revenge after losing against their opponents in last year's finals.
Apart from looking for a revenge, the army ladies are also targeting at dethroning their opponents who have been dominating the league for some years, while the defending champions also expect to clinch the title for the third consecutive years.
This is what makes today's ladies final unpredictable and difficult for both sides. However, records shows that Don Bosco has an upper hand against their opponents, as they have been emerging winners in various matches whenever the two sides meet in various events.
Don Bosco Lioness and Jeshi Stars are yet to feel the pinch of defeat in the league, as both sides have won all their matches in this year's campaign. A defeat to either side will be the first.
Apart from being NBL defending champions, Don Bosco Lioness are also the Union Basketball League champions. Teams which were involved in this year's event are Vijana popularly known as 'City Bulls', ABC, Chui, Pazi, Oilers , Chang'ombe , JKT , Jogoo, Kurasini Heats, Mabibo Bullets, Chang'ombe United, Tanzania Prisons, Don Bosco Lioness, Jeshi Stars, Tanzania Prisons Queens, Kurasini Divaz, Vijana Queens and JKT - all from Dar es Salaam for men and women categories.

KENYA : Eunice Ouma helps Eagle Wings to double wins


  • Coop Bank's James Mwangi dribbles past KU Pirates players in their premier league match.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Eunice Ouma helps Eagle Wings to double wins Veteran guard Eunice Ouma shot an impressive 66% to steer Eagle Wings to their second women premier league win of the weekend, beating Western Delight 47-38 on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
Ouma was the engine for Eagle Wings in the entire game and her performance literally filled the void left by the absence of three players.
She top scored with 31 points that included two 3-point shots and 13 free shots. In first quarter, Ouma scored 11 points as Eagles won 20-9 and scored 8 in their 9-5 win in second quarter. Third quarter ended in a 8-all tie.
Fourth quarter was all for Ouma who scored ten points as Delight won 16-10. Celia Okumu was top scorer for Delight with 13 points. From the free-throw line, Eagles scored 16 points against nine for Delight while both teams scored nine points from 3-pointers.
On Saturday, Eagle Wings beat visiting Kisumu Lady Bucks 71-26 after leading 43-19 at halftime. It was another solid display for the Eagles who commanded the first three quarters 14-10, 29-9 and 24-2 but lost the fourth 4-5.
Western Delight beat KU
Western Delight had registered their first win of the season and a crucial away victory on Saturday after beating Kenyatta University Oryx 42-41.
The game tied 16-all at halftime with Delight winning first quarter 7-2 and Oryx the second 14-9. Delight had the advantage in third quarter winning 9-8 with the fourth deadlocking at 17-all.
Catherine Akinyi top scored for Delight with 14 points and Celia Okumu added 9 while Bedine Okoth scored 10 points for Oryx and Mshila Rose added 7.
On Sunday, Oryx bounced back with a 36-16 win over Kisumu Lady Bucks. Oryx led 16-7 at halftime with 5-0 and 11-7 wins. Lady Bucks could not fight back as the students went on to command the second half with 8-3 and 12-6 wins.
Brenda Wangui top scored for Oryx with 14 points, Rachael Wandago adding 10 while Joyce Misata scored highest for the Kisumu side with 9 points. Oryx made nine free shots and one 3-pointer while Lady Bucks had four points off the free-throw line.
In men premier league, United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) played two games registering a win and loss.
They were stunned 65-47 by newly-promoted Umoja on Saturday. Umoja never gave the students any breathing space winning first two quarters 19-14 and 21-14 to lead 40-28 at halftime.
USIU edge out Terror
Umoja stretched their lead further with a 13-8 win in third quarter and wrapped it up in the fourth winning 12-11. When they played University of Nairobi’s Terrorist on Sunday, it was a must-win encounter for USIU-A.
Kevin Kigotho and Micah Opinya scored 22 points each to lead USIU-A to a 83-51 win. Opinya had the only three 3-point shots to account for USIU-A who scored 12 points from free shots.
Terror made seven 3-point shots and five free shots as William Mayiel top scored with 18 points, all from six 3-pointers.
Collins Ochieng shot two 3-pointers to add 12 points for Terror. USIU-A enjoyed a 45-31 halftime lead after winning first quarter 28-13 and Terror the second 18-17.
Terror was no match for USIU-A in second half as the latter won 15-10 and 23-10 respectively. In third quarter, Terror had their head coach Emmanuel Ochieng given a technical foul by referee Victor Ochieng for abusive language.
In another game, Co-operative Bank beat Kenyatta University Pirates 79-49 helped by 17 points from James Mwangi and 13 from Titus Musembi. Charles Otieno scored the first 12 points of the game for World Hope from four 3-pointers as they beat Upper Hill 75-72 in division one action.
Overall, Otieno hit five 3-point shots to score 20 points but Moses Abraham top scored with 21, scoring seven free shots and two 3-pointers. David Ouma was the top scorer for Upper Hill with a game high 31 points, scoring six free shots and one 3-pointer. World Hope had 12 points from free shots and 27 from the arc against Upper Hill’s 13 from free shots and 15 from the arc.
Lakeside from Kisumu had a poor outing in the city losing their two games. On Saturday, they were beaten 60-51 by Blazers and lost 57-84 to Barclays Bank on Sunday.
Weekend Results: Saturday- Eagle Wings 71 Kisumu Lady Bucks 26, KU Oryx 41 Western Delight 42, Blazers 60 Lakeside 51, Co-op Bank 79 KU Pirates 49, Umoja 65 USIU Tigers 47; Sunday- Eagle Wings 47 Western Delight 38, KU Oryx 36 Kisumu Lady Bucks 16, Barclays Bank 84 Lakeside 57, World Hope 75 Upper Hill 72, USIU Tigers 83 UoN Terror 51.

RWANDA : Espoir win Basketball league trophy

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Lionel Hakizimana was in good form as Espoir defeated APR to retain the Basketball league trophy. (File)


Saturday
Espoir 68-48 APR
30- Plus 50-56 UR- CoE
ESPOIR Basketball Club beat rivals APR 68-48 on Saturday at Amahoro stadium to retain the national basketball championship title for a fourth consecutive time since 2012.
The Nyamirambo-based giants through forward Pascal Karekezi Rurangirwa who was in good form and shooting guard Lionnel Hakizimana
overpowered the youthful inexperienced APR team.
Jean Bahufite’s Espoir retain the title with three games to play against IPRC- Kigali, Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) and Rusizi BBC respectively.
Espoir Captain Aristide Mugabe praised his teammates and coaching staff for another milestone achieved but challenged his team mates to win their remaining matches.
“It is a joyous moment for Espoir, winning the league title four times back-to-back is not something that happens overnight, it takes a brave, courageous and resilient heart to achieve. We still have three league games to play, we should not be complacent now,” the 27-year old point guard said.
Elsewhere, Struggling University of Rwanda- College of Education (UR- CoE) claimed their first victory of the season since February, winning 56-50 over 30- Plus.

RWANDA : Nine countries snub Zone V Championship

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The U-16 boys team training at Amahoro stadium recently. Only Eritrea stand in their way to lift the 2015 Afro-Basketball tourney. (Sam Ngendahimana)
Nine countries will not take part in the Zone V Basketball championship which also acts as a qualifier for the Fiba Afrobasket U-16 tournament according to Rwanda Basketball Federation officials.
Only Eritrea has confirmed to take part in the tourney while Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda wrote to the Basketball Federation saying that they don’t have U-16 teams.
The U-16 Zone V tournament runs from May 26-27 with the National U-16 boys’ team playing 2 games against Eritrea in which the winner will qualify for the Fiba Afro basketball U-16 tournament.
Richard Mutabazi, the Secretary General of the Rwanda Basketball Federation said the U-16 girls’ team has already qualified for the tourney because all the invited teams pulled out of the tournament.
The Fiba Afrobasket U-16 girls’ tournament is slated for July 16-24 in Madagascar while the boys’ edition will take place in Mali in July.
Meanwhile Didier Shema Maboko, the National Basketball Federation Technical director and referee has been selected among FIBA active referees to participate in the NBA Summer Camp in Las Vegas - USA from 6 - 12 July.
He will be representing Africa with another referee from Cameroun. This Camp is organized by NBA during the summer where NBA players alongside NBA coaches meet and share Basketball skills and some recruit new players

16 May 2015

TANZANIA : ABC Set to Retain Basketball Crown

NATIONAL Basketball League (NBL) defending champions ABC are in good position to retain the title as they top their group in the ongoing battle at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
ABC are leading Group B, dubbed as 'Azam Cola', with six points -- one ahead of the country's former basketball giants Vijana 'City Bulls' after winning three consecutive games and have a game in hand to complete the group stage.
The army men have already assured themselves of a ticket to the quarter-finals. Group C, alias 'Azam TV', is led by Savio who have collected eight points and have already completed their group stage games.
They are followed by Pazi, who have seven points. Both have cruised into the quarter-finals. JKT lead Group A, called 'Azam Energy drink', with six points after their 116-76 win against Chang'ombe United, who are at the bottom of the table.
Bandari Tanga are in second position with six points after defeating Chui 75-61. JKT top the group on goal difference. Jeshi Stars lead the women's category called 'Azam Uhai'.

They are followed by Don Bosco Lioness. Both are tied on points but Jeshi Stars are ahead on goal difference. The men's quarter-finals take place today while the semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow and the final is slated for Sunday.
The teams are pooled as follows: Group A: JKT, Bandari Tanga, Chui and Chang'ombe United. Group B: ABC, Vijana, Kurasini Heats, Young Warriors and Oilers.
Group C: Tanzania Prisons, Savio, Pazi, Jogoo and Mabibo Bullets. Teams in the women's group are Jeshi Stars, Don Bosco Lioness, Tanzania Prisons Queens, Kurasini Divaz and Vijana Queens. ABC are men's defending champions, while Don Bosco Lioness hold the women's crown.
Winners of borh categories will face their Zanzibar counterparts for tickets to represent the country at the Zone Five tournament to be held in Mombasa, Kenya in August.

RWANDA : Giants Espoir, APR face off

Today
Rusizi            vs      Patriots      9am
Espoir            vs      APR            4pm
Sunday
Women
The Hoops    vs      APR            9am
Three-time reigning champions Espoir BBC and former champions APR Basketball Club lock horns this afternoon at Amahoro indoor stadium at 4pm in an epic encounter likely to bring out the best from each team.
The 2010 champions APR are second on the league log with 25 points, 2 points off league leaders Espoir and will be hoping to stun Jean Bahufite’s Espoir to move above them.
APR’s Kenyan coach Cliff Owuor said in a telephone interview with this paper that he has a youthful and less experienced side but believes winning against the defending champions is possible and they are going to do everything in their powers for a victory.
Espoir will be looking for a double after winning the first-leg.
In the women’s league, The Hoops Rwanda play seven-time champions APR Basketball Club on Sunday.

14 May 2015

TANZANIA : New West Fail to Honour Fixture

Zanzibar — JKU ladies were awarded maximum points after their opponents New West failed to show up in the on-going Zanzibar basketball league at the Maisara Grounds on Monday.
The match that was scheduled to start from 3.00pm could not take place as planned as New West failed to honour the fixture without any notice. Competition Committee Secretary Abdallah Juma said JKU ladies were awarded two points.
"According to the competition's regulations, a team that fails to honour the fixture automatically loses maximum points," he said. In another match that started at 4.00pm at the same venue, African Magic defeated Mafunzo 62-23.
The League was set to continue on Tuesday with a match pitting Cavarious against Mbuyuni, while Nyuki were to face Stone Town. In another development, Black Sailor FC leadership has put up strategies to ensure that they finish among the top three and earn promotion to the Zanzibar Premier League next season.
This was said here yesterday by the team's spokesperson, Abuubakar Khatibu, when highlighting the team's preparations for the best First Division Four-League that kicked off on Tuesday.
"Our coaches are making every effort to ensure that the team is in good shape and at the leadership level we have put in place measures that ensure our players are motivated and ready to fight for the best results," he said.
Black Sailor managed to reach the best four after finishing second in the First Division League group stage. They were in Group A and were due to face KVZ, who finished top of Group B.

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