03 July 2015

NIGERIA : State Appoints William Voigt As Acting Coach for National Basketball Team

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has selected William Voigt ahead of others to lead its campaign at the 2015 Aftobasket Men's Tournament in Tunisia.
Coach Voigt was the Head Coach/General Manager of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League from August 2009 to July 2014, during which he won more games than any other Coach in the D-League and helped his team to be regular Season Champions in 2012-2013.
Coach Voigt was offered a short term contract until September to win the Afrobasket and qualify Nigeria for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
If he succeeds, he will be the Coach to lead the team to the Olympics. He is to be assisted by a team of Assistant Coaches and Video analyst.
Coaches Ayinla Johnson and Abdulrahaman Mohammed as well as the team doctor and physiotherapist will keep their positions from the 2013 coaching staff.
The new Coach will not be new to the National team and Nigerian Basketball environment as he has previously coached two of the team's standouts, Alade Aminu and Ike Diogu in the NBA D-League and has also volunteered in Summer Basketball Camps organised by Masai Ujiri in Zaria and Lagos between 2004 and 2008.
The National team training camp is expected to open in Abuja on 15th July with both home and foreign based players.

RWANDA : Basketball Play-Offs to Kick-Off This Weekend


The top four teams in both the male and female national basketball championship will battle in the play-offs games scheduled to start on Saturday July 4, at Amahoro Petit Stade.
In the men's category, league champions Espoir Basketball team, will face Cercle Sportif Rugunga while Patriots which finished second in the national league championship will meet third placed APR Basketball team.
In the female category, APR which finished on the top of the table will face Rwanda National University Huye branch which finished fourth while Ubumwe Basketball which finished second will clash with The Hoops Rwanda which finished third.
Meanwhile, the U 16 boy's national basketball team will play a friendly game against The Hoops Team this Wednesday July 1, 2015 at Petit Stade as part of their preparations for the Continental games to be held in Mali.
The U16 girls' team are training hard ahead of the Madagascar, they will depart Kigali for Antananarivo on July 7,2015 three day before the games kick off.

RWANDA : U-16 girls team gears up for Afrobasket tournament

Rwanda national U-16 girls’ team entered residential camp to start preparations ahead of the forthcoming FIBA Africa Basketball Championship.
This year’s U-16 Women’s Africa Basketball Championship is scheduled for July 12-24 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Debutants Rwanda will leave the country for the two-week tournament on July 8.
According to head coach Charles Mushumba, the youngsters may not perform so well since they qualified without passing through zonal qualifiers.
Mushumba said on Thursday, “We started residential training yesterday (Wednesday) at Amahoro (indoor) stadium and we’re residing at Hotel La Palisse, Nyandungu.”
“However, it would be unrealistic to say we are going to return home with the title especially since we will only be making our debut in the tournament. Nonetheless, we will do everything to represent the country in the best way possible,” he stated.
Mushumba, who also doubles as the head coach of the UR- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) women’s team, singled out hosts Madagascar, Mali and Ivory Coast as top contenders.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team will enter boot camp on Monday ahead of the U-16 Men’s Afrobasket championships slated for July 30- August 8 in Mali.
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01 July 2015

ZIMBABWE : Zim B/Ball Teams for Hamburg

THE Zimbabwe basketball team will use their invite by the Hamburg Basketball Association to warm up for the upcoming Afro-Basketball competition in Tunisia in August.
The Zimbabwe team will tour Germany from July 31 to August 17 as part of an exchange programme.
Zimbabwe competed against South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and powerhouses Angola on their way to booking a place in the Afro-Basketball and All-Africa Games.
The event was held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in February.
The senior women team was under the guidance of Laddie Munetsi who was assisted by Under-20 women's coach, Sam Mutsvanga.
Chewie Gilbert and his assistant Emmanuel Mukandi, the former national basketball and rugby team player, were the senior men's team coaches.
Zimbabwe managed to win the tournament to book a slot in the All-Africa Games which will be held in Congo, Brazzaville, from September 4 to 19.
In the men's team, Zimbabwe will look up to Vitalis Chikoko, who is based in Germany, while Julian Mavunga and Sternard Mapurisa ply their trade in Italy and South Africa.
Tawanda Chitsinde, Nyasha Ngove, Benjamin Jani, Tatenda Mutukure, Billy Melusi, Taurai Chitsinde and Andrew Gonese were in the men's team that qualified.

29 June 2015

RWANDA : CSK ready to challenge Espoir for playoffs title

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Buzangu of CSK, prepares to take a free-through, he was named the (MVP) of last season's playoffs. (File)
Saturday
Espoir 93-80 IPRC-Kigali
30-Plus 35-76 APR
Women
UR- CASS 58-57 The Hoops
Friday
CSK 87-80 IPRC-Kigali
Cercle Sporif de Kigali (CSK) basketball club are determined to dethrone holders Espoir as champions of the playoffs series, which begin this weekend.
The two giants met in last year’s finals, and will again come head-to-head in the best-of-three semi-finals with the Game 1 scheduled for Friday evening.
CSK head coach Bob Ngoga believes time is now for his team to prove their worth and can deny Espoir for a second title of the season and a fourth successive double—league and playoffs titles.
Espoir finished on top of the table in the regular season while CSK came on four position. Newly-formed Patriots BC, who finished second, will be up against third-placed APR will vying for a ticket to the best-of-five finals.
“We could have done better in the league but the important thing right now is that we secured a slot in the play-off. We are facing holders Espoir in the semi-finals and the target is to see them off and go on to win the trophy,” Ngoga told Times Sport.
Three weeks ago, the later lost 55-57 to CSK in the final of the local Genocide Memorial Tournament.
Last year, Jean Bahufite’s Espoir claimed the title after overpowering CSK in a four-game series of finals (3-1) and former Rwanda’s international of Mike Buzangu of CSK was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition.
In the meantime, both Espoir and CSK finished the regular season on high, winning their final league games 93-80 on Saturday and 87-80 on Friday against Kicukiro-based IPRC-Kigali respectively.
Elsewhere, APR thrashed 30-Plus 76-35. In women’s league, UR-College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) narrowly won 58-57 over The Hoops Rwanda.
KENYA Ports Authority beat Sprite Storms 68-43 in a Premier League duel at the Makande Welfare Hall, Mombasa.
The result of this Eastern Conference showdown saw the dock women move past Equity Bank to take third spot with eight points. Storms are still second on nine points, same as leaders Strathmore University, who have a better aggregate.
National star forward Yvonne Akinyi led the scoring chart with 17 points, Natalie Akinyi posted 15 while Irene Munyango had 11. At the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium, Masaku Sparks walloped KCA University 59-16. Betty Kananu and Pam Sinda were in top form as they nailed 23 and 15 points respectively.
In the men’s premier, Griffin Ligare scored 19 points as he guided Thunder to 80-63 win over University of Nairobi ‘Terrorists’. The losers who trailed 36-47 at the breather had William Biel nailing 27. The other match saw Kenyatta University ‘Pirates’ take a strong 41-37 advantage at half time but went on to fall 93-80 to a charged Kenya Airports Authority.
In the lower division, Trailblazers blanked Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 59-26 while 4-Christ nipped Emyba 48-46 in a closely fought encounter. In the Nairobi Basketball Association women’s league matches played at Upper Hill, Strathmore had 14 from Tanya Ogwel as they beat Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 41-29. USIU hit Gladiators 43-25 as Ghyslaine Uwimana nailed 18 points for the students. University of Nairobi ‘Dynamites’ hit JKUATS Juja 35-16 as Melissa Mwenesi hit 13.
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KENYA Ports Authority beat Sprite Storms 68-43 in a Premier League duel at the Makande Welfare Hall, Mombasa.
The result of this Eastern Conference showdown saw the dock women move past Equity Bank to take third spot with eight points. Storms are still second on nine points, same as leaders Strathmore University, who have a better aggregate.
National star forward Yvonne Akinyi led the scoring chart with 17 points, Natalie Akinyi posted 15 while Irene Munyango had 11. At the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium, Masaku Sparks walloped KCA University 59-16. Betty Kananu and Pam Sinda were in top form as they nailed 23 and 15 points respectively.
In the men’s premier, Griffin Ligare scored 19 points as he guided Thunder to 80-63 win over University of Nairobi ‘Terrorists’. The losers who trailed 36-47 at the breather had William Biel nailing 27. The other match saw Kenyatta University ‘Pirates’ take a strong 41-37 advantage at half time but went on to fall 93-80 to a charged Kenya Airports Authority.
In the lower division, Trailblazers blanked Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 59-26 while 4-Christ nipped Emyba 48-46 in a closely fought encounter. In the Nairobi Basketball Association women’s league matches played at Upper Hill, Strathmore had 14 from Tanya Ogwel as they beat Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 41-29. USIU hit Gladiators 43-25 as Ghyslaine Uwimana nailed 18 points for the students. University of Nairobi ‘Dynamites’ hit JKUATS Juja 35-16 as Melissa Mwenesi hit 13.
- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/kpa-overcome-storms-league-duel-makande-welfare-hall#sthash.YjIWzCuD.dpuf

27 June 2015

RWANDA : IPRC-Kigali, Espoir lock horns as regular season ends

Today
APR                vs      30-Plus                      2pm
Espoir            vs      IPRC-Kigali               4pm
Women
UR-CASS      vs     The Hoops Rwanda 3pm
Already crowned regular season champions Espoir BC take on IPRC-Kigali this afternoon in the final basketball league game of the season at Amahoro indoor stadium court.
Kicukiro-based IPRC-Kigali stunned the reigning champions Espoir 63-65 in the first round game earlier this year to become the first side to beat the four-time reigning champions in three years in the regular season.
On the other hand, Jean Bahufite’s champions want to finish the normal league on high and carry the momentum into the playoffs set to start on July 3. The Nyamirambo-based team are aiming to retain the playoffs title for the fourth consecutive time.
Earlier in the day, Cliff Owour’s youthful APR take on struggling 30-Plus at Amahoro stadium and in the women’s league, University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) host The Hoops Rwanda in the final women’s league game in Huye district.
Last night, fourth-placed Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) were supposed to host sixth-placed IPRC-Kigali. Espoir, Patriots, APR and CSK are the four teams to compete in this year’s Men’s play-off while holders Ubumwe, APR, The Hoops Rwanda and UR- CASS will contest for the women’s glory.

26 June 2015

UGANDA : Falcons lie in wait as KIU Titans target top spot in first round finale

Power’s Richard Balemwa (R) defends KIU’s Donald Blick Power’s Richard Balemwa (R) defends KIU’s Donald Blick during the league encounter between the two sides in May. KIU take on Falcons today. PHOTO BY I. KEZAALA KAMPALA- On two successive Fridays, KIU beat Tiger Head Power and Warriors to accelerate the power shift from the sides that shared the titles between 2008 and 2012.
Today they play record six time champions Falcons with victory not only leaving them as champions City Oilers biggest challengers but also guarantee top spot as the first round of the Airtel National Basketball League climaxes at YMCA.
The Kansanga-based side go into today’s game with a 9-1 record. Only City Oilers went into their final first round of games at 9-1 before losing that match against Our Saviour to stand at 9-2.
Forward Norman Blick, one of several key off-season recruits beginning to get into their element is averaging 11 points in a 4-0 run for coach Hamza Nyambogo’s side.
With huge pedigree, their opponents Falcons will look to end the round on a high following a three game slump that was stopped with last week’s 80-61 triumph over Charging Rhino.
The other game features another in-form side in UCU Canons, who could also finish at 9-2 with a win over Stanbic Warriors in what is likely to be guard Josh Johnson’s last game for the club.
The Mukono University side, bolstered by the return of Desmond Owili, are in high spirits following last Friday’s 79-68 triumph over Tiger Head Power.
The latter completed their first round games on Wednesday with a straight forward 85-35 win over Bush Court.
Gudi Nasser, benefitting from more playing minutes this season, scored a game high 20 points while Ndejje ensured Diamonds ended the first round winless with a 100-59 blow out victory.
Today at YMCA
KIU Titans vs. Star Times Falcons
UCU Canons vs. Stanbic Warriors
Wednesday results
Ndejje University 100-59 Diamonds
Tiger Head Power 85-35 Bush Court

25 June 2015

RWANDA : Injured APR wary of Patriots ahead of Playoffs

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APR Captain Parfait Ishimwe (R) listens to Coach Cliff Owuor during a league game against 30 Plus in April. (Sam Ngendahimana)
After sustaining three major injuries at the local Genocide Memorial tournament (GMT) a fortnight ago, APR Basketball Club has expressed fears ahead of their Playoffs’ clash against the in-form Patriots BBC next month.
Team captain and small forward Parfait Ishimwe, point guard Pascal Niyonkuru and forward Ally Ruzigande all suffered ankle injuries and their absence will limit their chances to the finals, according to head coach Cliff Owuor.
Newcomers Patriots, who enjoyed their maiden season in the national league beat former champions APR in both the first and return-leg matches and should they, meet again in the playoffs semi-finals, extending the dominance is the target according to tactician Cyrille Kalima.
The seven-time league champions APR need to win their final league game against struggling 30 Plus on June 28 to seal the third place on the table standings to set up a berth against Patriots who already secured second position behind regular season champions Espoir.
APR and Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) both have 29 points from 17 games but the military side ranks third courtesy of a better point average (points scored over points conceded).
According to the rules, champions will be up against the fourth-placed team while first and second runners-up battle it out in the best of three semi-finals and the winners face off in a best-of-five series, according to basketball association’s (FERWABA) technical director Didier Shema Maboko.
Meanwhile, CSK play their final league match today against IPRC- Kigali at 6pm at Amahoro stadium. The latter lost 61-73 to IPRC- South over the weekend and will be facing mighty Espoir on June 28 at Amahoro stadium in the final league match of the season.
Espoir and Ubumwe basketball club are the defending league champions in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.
Full table
Team           GP      W       L          PTS
Espoir 17 16 01 33
Patriots 18 14 04 32
APR 17 12 05 29
CSK 17 12 05 29
IPRC- South 18 10 08 28
IPRC- Kigali 16 09 07 25
Rusizi 18 06 12 25
UR- CASS 18 05 13 23
30- Plus 17 02 15 19
UR- CoE 17 01 16 18

12 June 2015

KENYA : Inter-conference games highlight weekend action


  • Jeremy Opiyo of Zetech and Strathmore's Allan Nyongesa in a previous league match. Both teams will be in action during the Inter-Conference competition. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) will this weekend host some of the inter-conference league games in Nairobi.
A total of six matches are lined up pitting teams from different conferences across the three main leagues; men's Premier League, women's Premier League and division one.
The top game in men's Premier League will pit league newcomers Umoja from Western Conference against Zetech University of Eastern Conference at the Nyayo gymnasium. Zetech has had a better display so far winning four games from six played while Umoja has won twice and lost thrice.
Jeremy Yongo, Joshua Kisali and Jeremy Opiyo have been the standout players for Zetech while Umoja has Gilbert Obiero and Kevin Sunguti as their star players.
The Saturday game will be the first meeting between these sides since their division one playoffs final in November that Zetech won.
At Upper Hill School, Co-operative Bank from Eastern Conference will play Western Conference’s Mennonites. Co-op Bank have been bolstered by the return of point guard Khaemba Situma from United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).
It will be a meeting of total contrast; that of a team enjoying financial life against a struggling team. Felix Odhiambo has always been impressive for Mennonites and should rise to the occasion against the bankers, who have a strong backcourt that includes Situma and experienced Salim Ali.
Eastern Conference table-toppers Nairobi City Thunder will play Terror who have lost four games and won two in the Western Conference. With Griffin Ligare on the court, Thunder is sure to be a hard nut to crack for Terror.
In Sudanese import William Mayiel, Terror have a good match for Ligare. Both players are very precise from the 3-point line but teamwork will be very critical for both sides to complement their individual capabilities.
Lethal combination
In the Eastern Conference, it will be a fight for a second win of the season as Kenyatta University Pirates and Nairobi Aviation College face off on Saturday. Pirates will have to deal with the lethal combination of Ben Oluoch and Abel Nson. A point separates both teams.
Pirates will play their second game of the weekend against Strathmore University on Sunday. Only one inter-conference game of the women's Premier League will be played pitting winless Mennonites (Eastern Conference) against Kenyatta University Oryx (Western Conference).
The top clash will be in the Eastern Conference where youthful and unbeaten Strathmore University play the experienced Equity Bank. The bankers will line up Hilda Indasi, Samba Mjomba, Denise Apondi and company against Susan Manya, Mollete Achieng and the entire brigade from Madaraka.
On paper, Strathmore is the firm favorite having won three out of three matches while Equity have won twice and lost once.
Masaku Sparks will get to play their second game of the season in the same conference when they confront Sprite Storms. Despite their newness in the league, Masaku have some experienced hands in the likes of Betty Kananu who played for Oryx and former international Silalei Shani.
For Storms, old-hands Angela Luchivya, Linet Mukiri and Sylvia Omollo are key players.
Two inter-conference games are lined up in division one. EMYBA (Eastern Conference) will play Africa Nazarene University (Western Conference) while 4-Christ (Eastern Conference) will confront MKU Thika (Western Conference).
MKU will play their second game in the Western Conference against Barclays Bank on Sunday. Other games will see a Western Conference matchup as Eldonets host Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) while in the Eastern Conference, Upper Hill will play Baraka Xtreme as Little Prince tackle JKUAT.
KBF Weekend Fixtures
Saturday: Eldonets vs KCA-U (10 a.m., Eldoret), EMYBA vs ANU (9 a.m., Upper Hill), 4-Christ vs MKU Thika (10:30 a.m.), Parklands Baptist vs Don Bosco (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), World Hope vs JKUAT (10:30 a.m.), KU Pirates vs Nairobi Aviation College (12 p.m.), Strathmore Swords vs Equity Bank (2 p.m.), Umoja vs Zetech University (4 p.m.).
Sunday: Mennonites vs KU Oryx (12 p.m., Upper Hill), Co-op Bank vs Mennonites Men (2 p.m.), Thunder vs Terror (4 p.m.), Upper Hill vs Baraka Xtreme (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), Little Prince vs JKUAT (10:30 a.m.), Barclays Bank vs MKU Thika (12 p.m.), Sprite Storms vs Masaku Sparks (2 p.m.), Strathmore University vs KU Pirates (4 p.m.).

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