24 May 2007

RWANDA : Ruheza set for pro trials

Rwanda’s basketball idol Hamza Ruhezamihigo is set to undergo a series of professional trials in Boston, next month, in a move that could have the player relocate from Canada to the USA.
Offices at the Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) revealed that the 22-year-old, who has been playing college basketball at Morgantown, Canada, would undergo trials starting on June 15.

The planned trials may have Ruhezamihigo joining the NCAA, - National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball league, the second most popular league in the world after NBA.
Ferwaba’s technical advisor Innocent Karuhije disclosed that Ruheza had revealed that the trials were likely to delay his arrival for national team duty for over three weeks.
The shooting guard gathered enough personal support from the home fans after a splendid display during this year’s Zone V Basketball Championships at Amahoro indoor stadium, Kigali in February.
Ruhezamihigo scooped the event’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) an award he vowed to treasure for the rest of his life.After the trials, he will be expected to join the national basketball team that officially starts intensive drills on June 5.
“He will join the squad later but we are sure he will come once he is done with his trials,” Ferwaba’s technical advisor Innocent Karuhije.Besides Ruhezamihigo, four other foreign based Rwandans are expected to beef up the squad.

The quadruple are expected to come from Canada, USA, South Africa and England.

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