27 March 2015

NIGERIA : D'Tigers Secure Qualification for 2015 Afrobasket

The Nigeria national men basketball team, D'Tigers late on Wednesday booked their tickets to the African Basketball Cup of Nations and All African Games competition after defeating visiting Burkina-Faso national basketball team 63-50 points.
The game was the second leg qualifier for Afrobasket and AAG competitions, after the Burkinabes lost the first leg to Nigeria about a week ago.
Straight from the jump ball, the D'Tigers made their intention known with a dazzling display in the first quarter of the game.
The duo of Yahaya Abdul and Stanley Gumut (both Mark Mentors players) stole the show in the second quarter to give Nigeria an accelerated points lead before the end of first half.
Burkina Faso came rampaging in the third quarter of second half due to injury suffered by D'Tigers talisman, Abubakar Usman (Nda Abu) which also led to the drop in the D'Tigers performance till the end of the game.
By the fourth quarter, D'Tigers got their grooves back and ended the game on a high note, to the admiration of the scanty crowd that graced the National Stadium Lagos.
Speaking with journalists after the game, D'Tigers coach, Sanni Ahmed, said the journey to Afrobasket had just started and the team would not relax until the nation wins the elusive Afrobasket trophy.
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar, expressed joy at the team's victory, while also acknowledging the valuable contributions of back room staffs, most especially Skambo Morrison the welfare manager, Akinkunle Bolarinwa, the media officer and not forgetting Emmanuel Odah the equipment manager of the team.
According to Umar, the success of the team is incomplete without the ingenuity of these three great guys.
D'Tigers welfare manager, Skambo Morrison said that the entire D'tigers crew were grateful to Nigerians for their support and expected them to accord the same hospitality and support to women's national team, the D'Tigress, when they hit camp in May.

GAMBIA : YMCA-Brikama in Basketball League Opener

The Gambia Basketball League season is set to resume with Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) to square with Brikama.
The encounter billed for the Independence Stadium will mark the opening of the Gambia basketball domestic championship this Saturday.Basketball is one of the sports scaling the height in a football and wrestling dominated country. Played around the country, the 2015 league new season only confirms the game's rising status.
Saturday's encounter will see YMCA female side aim a dagger at Serrekunda West in an early kick-off before the 7pm big showdown of Brikama-YMCA male league opener.
The following fixture features SK West up against Manjai April 4th.
That encounter will witness yet another female competition with Kotu grinding it out with PCAM.

26 March 2015

RWANDA : Basketball Federation Turns to Schools


The basketball federation Ferwaba is now focusing on promoting and developing school basketball.
"We received a fund from the Olympic Solidarity offered through Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee. The initiative is called the International Sports Development Program which benefits all federations so that they can develop referees and detect talent in schools," explained Ferwaba technical director Shema Maboko.
"The program started in January and will end in June with fifteen schools, both boys and girls younger than 18. We will then select the best players to feature in the U16 and U18 national teams," he added.
"We are yet to organize several school competitions, which will be done in collaboration with the Rwanda School Sports Federation (RSSF)," Mboko explained. "We help RSSF by training coaches and referees so that they can identify talent."
"Currently we do not have any partnership with other others as far as training is concerned, but we work hand in hand with Zone Africa as well as the International Basketball Federation," Mboko added.
Rwanda will host the U16 Zone Five competition for boys and girls scheduled from May 25 to 31.

UGANDA : Henry Malinga could join KIU Titans


Warriors' center Henry Malinga could be on his way to KIU Titanns Warriors' center Henry Malinga could be on his way to KIU Titanns
With a lot of uncertainties surrounding Warriors Basketball Club, departures are inevitable. Sitting in the departure lounge of the two-time champions is game legend, Henry Malinga.
The veteran center could be announced a KIU Titans player early next week as the university side embarks on a revolution to stamp their place in the National Basketball League.
Malinga has reportedly been talking to Power but latest reports suggested the veteran center is headed to KIU much as the Warriors management says he is not going anywhere.
KIU Titans have made a real motion towards strengthening the team to compete at high level with City Oilers, Power and Falcons. Their triumph in the inaugural tournament showed KIU are capable of competing not just by defending but are a scoring team.
Malinga will be KIU’s third addition as the university side already signed up forwards Geoffrey Soro and Norman Blick. Malinga and Blick do not just add loads of experience to the university side that is yet to see glory in the National Basketball League but the pair add the competitive edge.
The Kansanga based institutional team has always made a good account during the normal season but have over the years failed to make an impact in the post season and the acquisition of Malinga, Blick and Soro to add to Edwin Katerega, Chris Omanye and the rest of the guys might take them a long way at making an impact in the playoffs

24 March 2015

KENYA : USIU-A set flames to Oryx/Mennonites


By francis marangu
Mar 24, 2015
  • No help in sight for Brenda Mwaniki of Kenyatta University Oryx as her way is blocked by USIU-A's Cynthia Irankunda. USIU-A won 90-28. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) men and women's basketball teams registered high scores at the weekend in the Kenya Basketball Federation national classic league at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
Both teams were just shy of the century mark. The women's team were first on the court against another university side, Kenyatta University Oryx. They comfortably won 90-28.
This was a one-sided game as USIU-A restricted Oryx to single digit scores in all quarters winning 21-6, 21-8, 20-7 and 28-7 respectively.
Diane Nikose was the top scorer for USIU-A with 16 points and Cynthia Irankunda raked in 13. Berine Okoth scored seven points for Oryx and Rosetta Ngugi added five.
From the free-throw line, USIU-A scored 19 points against Oryx's 11 while 15 points for USIU-A came off the three-point shots against three for Oryx.
This was the second straight win for the students after they opened with a narrow  66-45 win over Ulinzi Blades.
Debutants Strathmore Swords broke no sweat in their first game of the season after being  awarded a 20-0 walkover win against Mennonites who failed to show up.
In another match Sprite Storms beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 63-14. Linet Mukiri top-scored for Storms with 16 points and Celestine Isabwa replied with seven for KCA-U.
First win of the season
USIU-A Tigers, the men's team overran Mennonites 98-52. Alex Ramazani scored a game high of 31 points to lead the students to their first win of the season in two games.
They followed the same script authored by the women's team dominating the game and winning the quarters 28-15, 26-11, 19-16 and 25-10 respectively.
Collins Ochieng had 14 points for Mennonites and Felix Ochieng13. The shooting superiority of USIU-A was evident as they made 14 free-throws against Mennonites’ nine and three 3-point shots against one for their opponents.
Zetech University made a winning debut in the league beating a hurriedly-assembled Nairobi Aviation College 68-52. Joshua Kisali scored five three-point shots to top score for Zetech with 23 points. Ben Oluoch scored a game high 32 points for Nairobi Aviation.
Zetech won the first three quarters 16-11, 20-8 and 16-12 before Nairobi Aviation carried home the consolation fourth 21-16. Nairobi Aviation sunk14 free-throws against Zetech’s 10 while Zetech had eight three-point shots against Nairobi Aviation’s four.
Jeremy Yongo, the Zetech captain said the start was good but acknowledged that hard work lies ahead. “We cannot say this win reflects how the season will look like for us. There are more tougher teams to meet later on,” he told sportsnewsarena.com.
“As a team, we know the difference between where we have come from and where we are in terms of competition. We are well prepared for anything.” Yongo added.
Missed three key players
Co-operative Bank who were without head coach Carey Odhiambo and three key players beat Kenya Airports Authority 61-49. Frederick Odongo scored 16 points and Salim Ali 14. KAA’s top scorer was Luka Lukongo with 13.
Blades from Strathmore University completed a winless weekend for Mennonites winning 79-59.
Meanwhile, USIU-A (women) and Strathmore University (men) will represent Nairobi Conference in the Zuku Universities Basketball League national finals. The two qualified after emerging top in their respective categories during the finals held on Friday.
Strathmore beat Zetch University 64-62 in the final. George Okoth scored 16 points for Strathmore with Jeremy Opiyo top-scoring for Zetech with 15.
In the women's category,  USIU-A beat Strathmore University 58-33.
KBF Results: KCA University 67 ANU 54, Zetech University 68 Nairobi Aviation College 52, USIU-A Tigers 98 Mennonites 52, USIU-A Flames 90 KU Oryx 28, ANU 71 Parklands Baptist 32, Storms 63 KCA-U 14, Co-op Bank 61 KAA 49, Blades 79 Mennonites 59.

RWANDA : Espoir cruise to top of hoops league table

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Olivier Shyaka scored 13 points in Espoir's 72-35 win over UR-CoE on Sunday. It was their third straight win in as many games. (File)
Sunday
Espoir 72-35 UR-CoE
IPRC-Kigali 64-39 Rusizi
30-Plus 57-64 CSK
Saturday
APR 65-69 Espoir
30-Plus 67-46 UR-CoE
CSK 78-62 IPRC-Kigali
UGB 72-42 UR-CASS
Patriots 88-34 Rusizi
Friday
CSK 65-51 UR-CASS
Espoir 68-51 UGB
Three-time reigning champions Espoir BC thrashed struggling UR-College of Education 72-35 on Sunday at Amahoro stadium to join UGB and CSK at the top of the National Basketball League standings.
The Nyamirambo-based side jointly lead the table log with 13 points along with United Generation Basketball (UGB) and Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK), however, the latter two have played a game more.
Before Sunday’s win over UR-CoE, Jean Bahufite’s team had earlier defeated archrivals APR 69-65 on Saturday as well as UGB 68-51 on Friday evening respectively.
On Sunday at Amahoro indoor stadium, 19-year-old youngster Bruno Nyamwasa led Espoir charge with game high 25 points while Olivier Shyaka and Ian Mugabo contributed 13 points apiece.
Speaking to Times Sport on Monday, Espoir coach Bahufite said, “I have to admit things went really well for us this weekend. To win three games in three days is not an easy feat so I must congratulate my players for the effort they put in to make sure we achieve our target.”
editorial@newtimes.co.rw

23 March 2015

ZAMBIA : Magic are national champs

LUSAKA – Matero Magic on Sunday won the National Basketball Championship title after beating Unza Pacers 3-1 in a five-match series at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
Magic won three sets while Pacers managed one victory with the other ending in a draw.
In the first set, Magic beat Pacers 63-60 and 75-66 in the second set but Pacers bounced back in the third set to claim a 75-70 victory.
Magic triumphed 30-11 in the fourth match to seal the national championship title. The final set ended in a 66-66 draw.

ZAMBIA : Green Eagles tipped to bounce back to top four


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IN OVER six weeks from now, the 2015 basketball season will take off and if there is a team many hope will bounce back to being title challengers, it is the Sankisha Chilwesa-drilled Green Eagles.
Eagles have in the past three years struggled for a top-four finish.
Eagles are an outfit with a lot of depth in terms of experience but lack on the aspect of fresh blood though that should not deter them from crossing the line to play in the national championships series at the close of the regional league.
In 2007, Eagles were Zambia’s envoys at the Falcons Invitation International tournament and performed considerably well, though not well enough to win the coveted top prize.
At that time, the uncompromising Aggrey Kabalata was head coach and during his reign, the side had a competitive edge against opponents, but one cannot say his departure is the reason for their dwindled rating.
Chilwesa is a dedicated and promising trainer with a lot of commitment and passion for his side, determined to learn at every opportunity.
His cast of players, who include Francis Chibebela, ‘Sharp shooter’ Obert Muleza and Luke Manzili need to rise to the occasion and revive the team’s fortunes.
There is also need for the side to beef up in order to fill gaps left by David ‘eLTee’ Chinunda and Lawrence ‘JB’ Mulongwa.
Another side that will be a focal point is Heroes Play United, who will make a return to top flight basketball after a season in the second division.
The former national basketball kings had a disappointing 2013 season, which saw them go down from the A League to the B League, something that was unthinkable considering the team’s rich background.
But it was with humility that trainer-cum-manager Maziko Phiri accepted fate, saying it was going to serve as an opportunity to reflect and rebuild the team. Hopefully, they are back to stay.
Last week, I discussed the issues of coach versus referees and as expected there were some responses, though with caution from affected sectors.
Connell Kandala from Kitwe did not seem to dispute but posed a question on what the solution to poor officiating would be, while Eagles coach Chilwesa was of the view that the subject was food for thought.
An official who declined to be named charged that the onus was on the coaches to ensure their players were well prepared to win a game and not go on court to argue with match officials.
He said coaches are responsible for drilling players, mentally preparing them and drawing game plans. Therefore, referees have no hand in a team’s technical failure, especially if it is losing a match.
I will discuss possible solutions to concerns by both parties next week, but for now, I may add that both sides of the coin share the blame.
The national championship between UNZA Pacers and Matero Magic has been an interesting affair.
More on this later. Have a blessed week!
mdkaona@gmail.com

ZAMBIA : ZBA veep thinks big

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MWEMBE KAONA, Ndola
ZAMBIA Basketball Association vice-president in charge of the Northern region Andrew Nyirenda has appealed to clubs to put in place proper management structures in a bid to enhance the development of the sport.
And International Basketball Federation coaching instructor Ronnie Owino has urged local coaches to continuously update their knowledge of the game through various training programmes.
Speaking at the close of a ten-day Olympic Solidarity /FIBA young coaches module one clinic in Ndola on Thursday, Nyirenda said some clubs were making slow progress in developing as they had no proper management structures in place.
“The situation where one person is the team manager, coach and chairman at the same time must be changed and we should be looking at bringing more people on board in our clubs,” Nyirenda said.
He thanked the National Olympic Committee of Zambia for facilitating the course through the International Olympic Committee and urged participants to share knowledge gained.
Meanwhile, the Nairobi based expert Owino said in his experience as a coach, success was achieved through hard work and an unending desire to learn as the game was ever changing.
And NOCZ board member Stephen Simpemba, who presented certificates, implored participants to return to their bases and share knowledge with their colleagues.
The clinic drew 19 participants from various parts of the country namely Chingola, Choma, Kitwe, Livingstone, Lusaka Mansa, Mpika, Monze and Ndola.
The FIBA module one clinic is the first level qualification under the continental basketball body structure of grading courses.

NIGERIA : d'Tigers Win South African Invitational Tournament


It was a glorious moment for the D'Tigers of Nigeria as they emerged champions at the just concluded four-nation invitational challenge tournament in South Africa.
The likes of Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique were no match for the D'Tigers as the team inflicted defeat on their opponents.
The four-nation tournament climaxed when Nigeria defeated Mozambique 72-59 in a reverse fixture that pitched the two top teams in the final game.
Markmentors and D'Tigers player, Stanley Gumut, was voted the most valuable player of the tournament after a scintillating display that got the fans captivated all through the tournament.
Nigeria's men basketball team won all four games during the challenge to remain undefeated. This pushes the D'Tigers road trip to five away victories since defeating Burkina Faso in the Afrobasket 2015 All African Games qualifier last Monday.
The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar, congratulated the players and officials for a job well done.
"I want to thank the players and congratulate them, I really appreciate their efforts in putting all their best in the success of this team" he was quoted in a press statement signed by the Teams Media Officer, Akinkunle Bolarinwa.
"The second hurdle is to see Nigeria qualify for the 2015 nations cup in Tunisia and we are looking forward to qualifying for the Afrobasket" he said.
The team is expected to return to Nigeria on Tuesday.

UGANDA : Enabu’s biggest moment arrives with MVP crown

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Jimmy Enabu lacks the appropriate language to describe his feelings. For a player from a family with a great basketball tradition, time spent honing skills left little for public speaking lessons.
His skills will hold him in good stead as he can now claim to be the best player here after being the 2014 basketball men’s playoffs Most Valuable Player on Saturday night at Sheraton Hotel. The shooting guard beat off competition from City Oilers’ teammates Ben Komakech, a two-time winner, and Kami Kabange, dethroning the latter to basketball’s ultimate individual accolade.
No wonder Enabu could hardly speak. He stood on the podium, clearly struggling to take in the moment. His transition to the pinnacle from being a role player at Tiger Head Power in 2013 is complete. “
Thank you all,” Enabu said, in between pauses. As he made his way through a packed Rwenzori Ball Room to the podium under dim lights, Enabu hugged all his teammates.
Fittingly, Kabange got the last hug and whispered words of wisdom. Some must have felt Kabange deserved it more having averaged 18.3 points and just under 10 rebounds in the playoffs.
Enabu was not too far behind with an average of 16 points which culminated in a 4-0 finals sweep of Power to clinch back-to-back titles. For the finals, Kabange stood at 21 and Enabu on 13. “I never really play for awards or even numbers but it’s a good thing, even for the team,” a calmer Enabu would latter admit when the lights had dimmed. In the women’s category, KCCA Leopards’ forward Claire Lamunnu capped a remarkable year with her first MVP diadem.
She beat teammates Flavia Oketcho, a four-time MVP, and Becky Akulo having led KCCA to stunning comeback against UCU Lady Canons having trailed 3-1 in the seven game series. “I feel honoured,” a soft-spoken Lamunnu, 21 points’ average, said. “Thanks to my team and the management.” Enabu and Lamunnu received their prizes last on a long night that almost shed midnight.
Sudi Ulanga, formerly UCU Canons and now Power, was named regular season MVP, as was UCU Lady Canons’ Purity Odhiambo in the ladies’ category.

21 March 2015

RWANDA : Espoir Eye Win Over UGB, APR in Hoops League


Basketball league defending champions, Espoir BC are keen on registering crucial wins over table leaders UGB and in-form APR this evening and Saturday respectively-both games will be played at Amahoro indoor stadium.
The three-time reigning champions Espoir face United Generation Basketball (UGB) today at 6pm and return to action on Saturday against their biggest rivals and former champions APR at 4pm before entertaining struggling UR- College of Education on Sunday at the same venue at 1pm.
Espoir coach Jean Bahufite told Times Sport yesterday that all players are fit and have had good preparations as they seek to win all their scheduled three games this weekend.
He said, "We are ready, and injury-wise, we don't have anything to worry about, we have had intensive preparations since Monday which I believe can enable us to win all the three games."
"UGB and APR are both in-form, which means that we will have to be at our best to beat them, we need to be careful in these two games but I strongly believe we will prevail," Bahufite acknowledged.
Table leaders UGB will also play against UR- College of Arts and Social Sciences on Saturday at 11am at KIST courts. UR-CASS face last year's first runners-up Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) this evening at 6pm at the latter's home court in Rugunga.
UGB top the league log with 12 points from seven matches, APR who have played one game less, are second with a point adrift while newcomers IPRC- South stand third with 10 points.
Holders Espoir are on eighth position in the 12-team table with 7 points from four matches.
Today
Espoir vs UGB 6pm
CSK vs UR-CASS
Saturday
30-Plus vs UR-CoE 10am
UGB vs UR-CASS 11am
CSK vs IPRC-Kigali 12pm
Patriots vs Rusizi 2pm
APR vs Espoir 4pm
Sunday
IPRC-Kigali vs Rusizi 9am
30-Plus vs CSK 11am
Espoir vs UR-CoE 1pm

KENYA : Tough lessons for youthful Kenya in four nations


The young Kenyan team was highly exposed at the ongoing Four Nations Basketball Challenge in South Africa after losing to Nigeria and Mozambique by big margins as the tourney enters day three on Saturday.
In the first game, they lost 52-83 to Africa powerhouse Nigeria before going down fighting 56-76 to Mozambique on Friday night.
Kenya started off well managing to hold the Mozambicans to a five points difference in the first quarter losing 10-15.
The turning point for Kenya was fifth minute injury to Philip Ameny who was commanding on the court. Before being pulled out, Ameny had scored two points and one blocked shot.
His absence disoriented head coach Carey Odhiambo's game plan. Mozambique won the second quarter 14-8 to lead 29-18 at halftime.
The fighting spirit by Kenya was visible but were let down by poor shooting. Mozambique won third quarter 25-18 and the fourth 22-20 to condemn Kenya to a second successive defeat.
Team manager Joseph Amoko said the losses have been a learning experience for the young lads who need more exposure.
“The boys are trying and we need to be with them for a longer period. We need more games of this caliber and they will be fine,” he said confirming that Ameny was on crutches but his condition is not very serious.
Evans Letting who was the most fielded player with 26:05 minutes top scored for Kenya with 12 points. He grabbed 14 rebounds plus two steals.
Captain Situma Khaemba and Victor Bosire had 5 and 4 assists respectively while Kevin Kigotho had 2 blocks. Valentine Nyakinda had 9 defensive rebounds and 2 offensive rebounds.
Francisco Macaringue and Augusto Matos jointly top scored for Mozambique with 13 points each. Ermelindo Novela, Helton Ubisse and Custodio Muchate each grabbed five rebounds.
From the 3-point line, Kenya made one shot from six attempts while 26 baskets were scored from 59 attempts.
Nigeria beat South Africa
Mozambique had 23 attempts making six from the 3-point line while their attempts at the 2-point line were 49 scoring 18. Kenya's shooting precision was poorest at the free-throw line managing only one through Allan Ouma from eleven attempts.
Mozambique attempted 33 free shots making 22. In the Kenyan side, Nyakinda had the highest attempts for two points at 10 scoring six while Bosire had the highest attempts from the 3-point line at 4 scoring once.
Nigeria who beat South Africa 98-57 tops the table with four points same as Mozambique who beat South Africa 80-57 in their opening game. South Africa has a superior number of points scored at 181 against Mozambique’s 156 and the two sides are gunning for the gold.
Kenya and South Africa are winless and will meet on Saturday for the final round-robin encounter. Saturday games will be a replica of Sunday’s when the third place playoff and final will be held.
Locally, league action in the national classic league will continue with a total of ten games. Men premier league newcomers Zetech University will make their league debut against Nairobi Aviation College on Sunday.
USIU face Mennonite
United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) will play Mennonite in men premier and Kenyatta University Oryx in women premier. Kenyatta University Pirates will begin their life in division one with a game against Dankind Academy on Saturday.
Co-operative Bank will face Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) in the top tie of men premier while Mennonite play second game against Blades from Strathmore University.
Strathmore ladies team begin their season with an encounter against Mennonite as Sprite Storms tackle Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U).
KBF Weekend Fixtures: Saturday- KU Pirates vs Dankind Academy (Nyayo gymnasium, 9am), KCA-U vs ANU (10:30am), KCA-U vs Sprite Storms (12pm), Blades vs Mennonite (2pm), Co-op Bank vs KAA (4pm); Sunday- ANU vs Parklands Baptist (Nyayo gymnasium, 9am), Strathmore Swords vs Mennonite (10:30am), KU Oryx vs USIU Flames (12pm), Mennonite vs USIU Tigers (2pm), Zetech University vs Nairobi Aviation College (4pm).

20 March 2015

UGANDA : Basketball Set to Award the Finest


The basketball fraternity will tomorrow award the outstanding players from the 2014 basketball season in what is expected to be a glamorous function at Sheraton hotel's Rwenzori ball room, writes FELIX EUPAL.
It has been such a long wait that some fans had started giving up on the traditional Fuba dinner. But there was no way Fuba could let 2014 go without commemoration.
The 2014 MVP was a very competitive year, save for City Oilers' whitewash of Tiger Head Power in the play-offs finals, which is why the regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP) gong has many talking and is already stirring emotions among the fans on social media.
The Observer got hold of the list of nominees and besides the play-off list which is obvious, the regular season MVP list for men raises a few eyebrows.
It is shocking that Falcons guard Cyrus Kiviri doesn't make the cut. Neither does UCU Lady Canons' Judith Nansobya in the ladies category, yet her back court play and three-point accuracy kept the team alive in so many games.
For the play-offs MVP award, it is a close call between City Oilers' Ben Komakech, Kami Kabenge and Jimmy Enabu. The trio turned on the style during the play-offs in fighting from 2-0 down to beat UCU Canons 3-2 before humiliating Power 4-0 in the finals.
Komakech was the brains behind the comeback; Kabenge was heart and soul while Enabu was the wheels that run the team. But when the dust settles, Komakech is my pick.
MVP NOMINEES
Regular season (Men)
Ben Komakech (City Oilers)
Kami Kabenge (City Oilers)
Sudi Ulanga (UCU Canons)
Playoff (Men)
Kami Kabenge (City Oilers)
Ben Komakech (City Oilers)
Jimmy Enabu (City Oilers)
Regular season (Ladies)
Purity Odhiambo (Lady Canons)
Claire Lamunu (KCCA Leopards)
Carol Nyafondo (Magic Stormers)
Playoff (Ladies)
Claire Lamunu (KCCA Leopards)
Becky Akullo (KCCA Leopards)

RWANDA : Espoir eye win over UGB, APR in hoops league

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Aristide Mugabe (L) will be hoping to lead Espoir to wins over UGB today, APR tomorrow and UR-CASS on Sunday in the hoops league. (P. Muzogeye)
Today
Espoir vs UGB 6pm
CSK vs UR-CASS
Saturday
30-Plus vs UR-CoE 10am
UGB vs UR-CASS 11am
CSK vs IPRC-Kigali 12pm
Patriots vs Rusizi 2pm
APR vs Espoir 4pm
Sunday
IPRC-Kigali vs Rusizi 9am
30-Plus vs CSK 11am
Espoir vs UR-CoE 1pm
Basketball league defending champions, Espoir BC are keen on registering crucial wins over table leaders UGB and in-form APR this evening and Saturday respectively—both games will be played at Amahoro indoor stadium.
The three-time reigning champions Espoir face United Generation Basketball (UGB) today at 6pm and return to action on Saturday against their biggest rivals and former champions APR at 4pm before entertaining struggling UR- College of Education on Sunday at the same venue at 1pm.
Espoir coach Jean Bahufite told Times Sport yesterday that all players are fit and have had good preparations as they seek to win all their scheduled three games this weekend.
He said, “We are ready, and injury-wise, we don’t have anything to worry about, we have had intensive preparations since Monday which I believe can enable us to win all the three games.”
“UGB and APR are both in-form, which means that we will have to be at our best to beat them, we need to be careful in these two games but I strongly believe we will prevail,” Bahufite acknowledged.
Table leaders UGB will also play against UR- College of Arts and Social Sciences on Saturday at 11am at KIST courts.  UR-CASS face last year’s first runners-up Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) this evening at 6pm at the latter’s home court in Rugunga.
UGB top the league log with 12 points from seven matches, APR who have played one game less, are second with a point adrift while newcomers IPRC- South stand third with 10 points.
Holders Espoir are on eighth position in the 12-team table with 7 points from four matches.
editorial@newtimes.co.rw

19 March 2015

GAMBIA : National Basketball League Due to Commence Next Week

The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) is gearing up for another exciting Basketball League scheduled to kick off next week, after successfully organised its annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, according to a media release issued by the association.
As part of preparations for the new season, the association will hold a press briefing tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2015 at the office of its secretary-general Abdoulie Jallow situated next to The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) office in Kanifing just before Gambia Football House, added the release.

RWANDA : KBC refutes withdrawal claims

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KBC coach player Jean-Guy Rutayisire died early this month in a fatal car accident as the team was travelling to Huye for a league game. (Net photo)

Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) has refuted claims that the club has withdrawn from the ongoing national basketball championship.
There were several reports last week that the 2011 league champions had pulled out of the Hoops league after losing their star player and assistant coach Jean-Guy Rutayisire in a fatal car accident on March 1 while the team was enroute to Huye for a league game.
The accident also left many players with severe injuries, but most of them are recovering steadily.
KBC chairman Calixte Rutajogerwa told Times Sport yesterday that the club is yet to take a decision but will meet soon to decide on the next course of action.
“We have not withdrawn from the league; everything being said is a total lie. We have not decided on what to do next yet, the club’s general assembly will meet soon to take a decision,” Rutajogerwa said in a telephone interview.
Meanwhile the Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) told the club to take as much time as they want to make decision on what they will do next.
Only two players-Junior Hamis Mutebi and Meshach Ryamungu are still under intensive care. The rest have been discharged.
As a measure of compassion, Police Football Club contributed Rwf 100,000 towards medical bills of KBC players.
editorial@newtimes.co.rw

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