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    The championship will take place between 5th and 15th August in Tripoli and Benghazi, Lybia.

    National teams already qualified:

    - Lybia (host country)
    - Angola (current champion)
    - Cameroon (current runner-up)
    - Cape Verde (current bronze medalist)
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    AFROBASKET 2009 - LIBYA: The organization contract will be signed today in Tripoli

    It’s now official: Libya will host the 25th Africa Nations Championship for senior Men (AFROBASKET) to be played next August. This decision has been taken by the Executive Committee and approved by the Central Board of FIBA Africa after the withdrawing of Nigeria (for non conformity with the guidelines).

    Since then, things have progressed: establishment of the Organizing Committee; building of arenas; refurbishing of sites etc. And recently, the presentation of the preparations by the LOC (Local Organizing Committee) during the FIBA Africa’s Central Board meeting held in Cairo, Egypt on the 25th and 26th January 2009.

    An excellent presentation that was approved by the Central Board members who also made recommendations. At this occasion, the president of the LOC invited FIBA Africa’s officials in Tripoli.

    To this end, the Secretary General of FIBA Africa, Dr Alphonse Bilé, the Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Adel Tooma and the President of the Commission for Competitions, Mr. Raouf Menjour are in Tripoli since yesterday Tuesday 3rd Feb. They are checking the facilities and arenas that will serve for the event before materializing the official signature of the assignment contract with the Libya Basketball Federation.

    The signature ceremony will be held this evening February 4 at 19 hours at Corinthians Hotel in Tripoli with the presence of the NOC President (National Olympic Committee), Dr Mohamed Khadafi and the president of Federation, M. Omar El Barshushi.

    At the end of the first working session, the draw is scheduled to be held in June in Tripoli. The exact date will be determined later.
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    Rwanda – ANC 2009: National team hits by injuries


    Rwanda Basketball Federation (FERWABA) was left crestfallen last week after learning that two of eight foreign based players who have been summoned to the national team ahead of the upcoming Africa-Zone 5 basketball championship qualifiers have picked up injuries.

    Jonas Kayitankora and Thierry Kayitaba who play their basketball in Canada recently sustained injuries and have ruled themselves out of the competition.

    "We have learnt that they have picked up injuries and will not make the trip to Kigali," Ferwaba's Secretary General Jean Lucien Mugabo disappointedly said.


    However, Mugabo's frown face did not last after learning that Hamza Ruhezamihigo (Canada) and Robert Stanley Thomson (Romania) (pic), two of Rwanda's most outstanding players in the 2007 Afro-basket qualifiers had confirmed their presence.

    "It is good news that Hamza and Thomson are coming. It is a big boost to the team," he continued.

    Other summoned foreign based players include Eric Kaijuka and Wilfred Nyandwi from USA, Manix Aurianthal (Canada) and Mathieu Miller (Europe).


    Already, a 16-man provisional team comprising of local-based players is undergoing daily training sessions at Amahoro indoor stadium under the guidance of Kavedzija Veceslav.

    Rwanda is desperate to repeat their 2007 heroics when they finished second to Egypt in the qualifiers thereby earning a ticket to the Afro-basket competition which was staged in Angola.

    It was the first time for this East African country to compete in the tournament which is considered to be the most lucrative and celebrated basketball tournament on the African continent.

    The qualifiers, to be staged at Kigali's newly refurbished Amahoro indoor stadium are expected to attract Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania among others.
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    Zecevic announce 16 players for Training Camp

    The new Serbian head coach of the Egyptian national team Zeljko Zecevic - 48 years - announced 16 players to join the training camp which will start on 11 till 20 February , Zecevic informed Eurobasket.com reporter that he had to choose 12 players by 18 February to fly to Rwanda 21 Feb. where the qualification round of Zone 5 of the African championship will be held from 23Feb. till 2 March.

    The players Joining the training camp:
    1 Ramy Gunady Point Guard 185cm '81 Gezira
    2 Wael Badr Point Guard 192cm '78 Zamalek
    3 Mohannad El-Sabbagh Point Guard 180cm '87 Al Ettihad
    4 Mohamed Hosny Point Guard 182cm '86 Al Ahly
    5 Sheriff Gunady Guard 183cm '79 Gezira
    6 Tamer Mostafa Guard 187cm '82 Army Team
    7 Haitham Said Guard 190cm '75 Zamalek
    8 Mostafa Meshaal Small Forward 197cm '86 Gezira
    9 Haitham El Saharty Small Forward 195cm '85 Zamalek
    10 Hussainy Samir Forward 193cm '76 Zamalek
    11 Ibrahim Ramy Power Forward 201cm '87 Al Ettihad
    12 Haitham Kamel Power Forward 203cm '88 Al Ettihad
    13 Mostafa Shaawat Center 205cm '87 Al Ahly
    14 Mohamed Khorshed Center 205cm '85 Sporting
    15 Tarek El-Ghannam Center 208cm '79 Al Ahly
    16 Mohammed Adly Center 212cm '87 Al Ahly



    Medium age of the players is 25,0 year
    Medium hight of the players is 194,9 cm

    Mr. Zecevic had a very good resume he was Head coach of team playing in Italian league series B, C and assistant head coach to Udine club in Series A and Head of scouting office also.
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    RWANDA – ANC 2009 : Hamza jets in, boosts national team for zone 5 qualifiers


    Rwanda’s basketball Federation (FERWABA) is counting on Hamza Ruhezamihigo to help the national team make an impact at the Africa-Zone V basketball Championship qualifiers slated for February 23 – March 1 in Kigali.

    Ruhezamihigo, who plays for Concordia in Canada jetted in last Saturday and immediately linked up with the 16-man provisional team at Amahoro Indoor Stadium; the venue for the qualifiers.
    “Having him here is a big boost to the team. His potential can’t be questioned. He is very talented and his experience adds plenty to the team,” Ferwaba’s technical advisor Innocent Karuhije said yesterday.

    After Manix Aurianthal (Canada) pulling out of the qualifiers, Ferwaba is also counting on Robert Thomson (Romania) and Wilfred Nyandwi (USA) to further boost the team’s chances in the zonal event.
    “We are really counting on Thomson and Nyandwi because Manix is not coming,” Karuhije continued.

    Ruhezamihigo became a crowd favourite during the 2007 Africa Championship qualifiers which were staged in Kigali.
    The shooting guard played a pivotal role in helping Rwanda qualify for her first ever Afro-basket competition. After his impressive performances, he was voted as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

    Just like in 2007, this year’s edition pits Rwanda will teams from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and Burundi.

    After the week-long event, the winner will automatically qualify for this year’s Afrobasket to be played from 5th to 15th august in Libya. The Afro-basket competition is the most coveted basketball event in Africa.
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    "(by Kristian Santiago)
    By Julius Mbarga (New Times)

    Besides Mathieu Millers steady recovery from a shock in his left elbow, Rwandas national basketball coach Veceslav Kavedzija had more reason to smile after the arrival of Rob Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield), another key figure in Rwandas impressive run during the 2007 Zone-5 qualifiers.

    Thomson, who plays his basketball in Romania, jetted in on Tuesday together with Wilfred Nyandwi from the USA and the duo instantly joined the team for the days final training session at Amahoros newly refurbished indoor stadium.

    The duos arrival coupled with good form from the home-based players is expected to present the Croat-born tactician with a selection dilemma.

    The 18-man provisional team is set to be trimmed down to 12 and sources from the local basketball governing body (Ferwaba) yesterday said that the final team could be named today.

    Meanwhile, Ugandas men and women basketball sides have intensified their preparations with a series of warm-up matches as they chase for their first ever Africa basketball Championships (Afrobasket) appearance.

    The men teams assistant coach Timothy Odeke says that the warm-up games are providing an insight into the state of their readiness.

    He said: You can never know how good you really are before you get there but I would say we have covered most of the things we set out to achieve although there are still a few technicalities to look at.

    The tactician also revealed that besides the teams speed, Stephen Omony (198-G/F) will be the other weapon at Ugandas disposal.

    Hes in good condition and his arrival has lifted the spirits of the team and you can see that the other players look up to him, which is a good thing because hes a great player.

    Kenya dealt a sever jolt

    Kenyas hopes of making an impression in Kigali have been dealt a severe jolt. The ladies side is set to miss three valuable players.

    For Beryl Amayo (center) and Faith Owich (forward), the qualifiers coincide with their examinations while Kenyas team captain Angela Luchivya has pulled out due to a tight work schedule.

    Its a blow that Luchivya, Beryl and Owich are out but I have called two more players to give us the numbers. I am optimistic that they will fit into the system well and be of help to the team, the teams coach Anthony Ojukwu said.
    The mens side will also miss two key players. Richard Osano (198-F/C-80) and Cliff Ochieng (188-G-79) are said to be out of the country.

    Its sad that Cliff and Richie are not around as well but we will work with the ones at our disposal and see how it goes, Ojukwu was quoted on the Fiba-Afrique.org website".


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    Seems like Rwanda is attempting to prepare well for this years' Afrobasket
    Good Luck for them! They will definitely need it!

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    Zone 5 Qualifiers

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    Rwanda 93-68 Uganda
    Egypt 101-39 Kenya

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    Rwanda 95-70 Uganda
    Burundi 52-68 Kenya

    RWANDA got their Zone V qualifiers campaign off to a flyer after yesterday’s convincing 93-68 victory over Uganda at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

    It was a perfect start for the hosts, who are gunning for their second successive appearance at this year’s Afrobasket competition due in Libya.

    Amandin Rutayisire led Rwanda’s assault with a game high 25 points while Robert Thomson added 20 points and 8 rebounds.

    Stephen Omony top scored for Uganda with 20 points.

    Earlier in the day, defending champions Egypt punished Kenya for fielding an inexperienced side with a towering 101-39 victory. This means that Rwanda and Egypt are now jointly tied at the top of the table with two points each.

    In the ladies’ category, Rwanda gave defending champions Kenya plenty to think about after their 95-70 win over Uganda.

    Kenya also registered their first victory of the tournament after a 68-52 over Burundi.

    Rwanda’s male team returns to court action this evening with another test against Burundi while their female counterparts battle Kenya in the first game of the day (12:00).

    While two slots are at stake in the men’s category, only one slot is up for garbs in the ladies’ category. The African Women’s basketball championships will be held in Madagascar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlim View Post
    It was a perfect start for the hosts, who are gunning for their second successive appearance at this year’s Afrobasket competition due in Libya.
    Great. It's easy to root for Rwanda given their recent history. It looks like they can probably make it to Libya.
    Amandin Rutayisire led Rwanda’s assault with a game high 25 points while Robert Thomson added 20 points and 8 rebounds.
    Even better! I'm really happy that Thomson is still on the team. I thought maybe he'd just play for a few tournaments in '07 and then quit, but he's still there. That's absolutely fantastic! I've never seen the guy play, but he's definitely one of my favorite players.

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    Zone five Basketball Championship
    Yesterday results

    Men
    Burundi 55-100 Rwanda
    Egypt 95-53 Uganda

    Women
    Rwanda 61-52 Kenya
    Uganda 77-57 Burundi

    TODAY
    Kenya v Uganda (Ladies) 12:00
    Kenya v Uganda (Men) 2pm
    Burundi v Egypt (Men) 4pm
    Rwanda v Burundi (Ladies) 6pm

    The Rwanda got a validating victory late night to keep their hopes alive of making to the African nations championships due in Libya.

    The national men’s team gave a second perfect showing in the on going Fiba Africa Zone V qualifiers by thumping Burundi 100-55 yesterday at Amahoro stadium’s Petit Stade.

    Mathiew Miller led on Rwanda’s scoreboard as he recorded team’s highest 15 points while Buzane Mike added 14 points before Robert Thompson hit 10 points as the hosts took Burundi through a basketball lesson.

    Dieudonne Habiyambere top scored for Burundi with 15 points
    Rwanda’s guard Karim Aime Nkusi also put up an impressive showing in the fourth quarter as his nine points sealed Burundi’s fate with three minute to go to the end of the game.
    Earlier in the day, defending champions Egypt piled more misery on whipping Uganda’s with a 95-53 win.

    Karim Haytham top scored 21 points for Egypt as Norman Blick made his mark on the game with 15 points for Uganda.

    In the women’s category, Rwanda defeated Kenya 61-52 in her second game of the championship while Uganda recorded her first victory in any category with a 77-57 win over Burundi.

    Rwanda’s female team returns to action today when they face Burundi at 6pm while Kenya will take on Uganda at 2pm.

    In the men’s category, Burundi will face champions Egypt at noon while Kenya face Uganda at 4pm.

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    Men
    Burundi 50-95 Egypt
    Kenya 96-83 Uganda

    Women
    Uganda 57-53 Kenya
    Rwanda 81-44 Burundi

    Today

    Men
    Kenya v Burundi 4pm

    Women
    Burundi v Kenya
    Rwanda v Uganda

    Rwanda’s women basketball side is on course for a place at the finals of the African Nations Championship in Madagascar after an impressive 81-44 win over Burundi last evening.

    For the third consecutive game, the host nation were in dominant mood much to the delight of the partisan crowd inside Amahoro indoor courts.

    Mireille Karangwa led Rwanda’s assault with a game high 21 points and three assists.

    She, along with Laetitia (18) and Honore Ayebare (12) were three Rwandan players, who finished the game in double figures.

    Ayebare finished with a game high five assists. Only Sifa F scored in double digits for the Burundians, who were condemned to their third consecutive defeat after earlier losses against Kenya and Uganda.

    Burundi drew first blood through Sifa, who has been their best players so far but the hosts rallied to take the first quarter 24-04. The second (20-12) and fourth (27-11) also belonged Rwanda, though Burundi enjoyed their best spell of the game by winning the third quarter (10-17).

    A win against Kenya this afternoon will further boost Kavedzija Vaceslave girls’ hopes of qualifying for the African Nations Championship.

    Meanwhile, the much anticipated clash between Rwanda and Egypt which had been scheduled for today has been postponed to Sunday.

    Both sides are unbeaten and one of them is favourite to qualify from Zone five for the Africa Basketball Championship in Libya.

    “The reason for postponing the game to Sunday was to give the fans the best entertainment on the last day of the championship,” Lucien Mugabo, an official on the tournament organizing committee told Times Sport.

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    Default Rwanda teams qualify for Basketball Championships

    Rwanda’s men and women teams have all qualified to this year’s Fiba Africa Nations Championships which will be held in Libya and Madagascar respectively.

    Rwanda men’s team booked a place to the continental show piece after an impressive 81-67 win over rivals Kenya in the ongoing FIBA- Africa Zone V both men and women qualifiers yesterday at Amahoro indoor stadium.

    Romania-based Robert Thompson led on Rwanda’s scoreboard as he recorded the team’s highest 20 points while Mathew Miller added 19 points to earn the country’s second qualification to the continental show piece which will be held in Tripoli from August 5-25.

    However, the game was not an easy-go affair for Rwanda as they needed extra work to overcome the Kenyans who had put up a spirited fight as a win would have earned Kenya her maiden qualification to the African Championship.

    The second quarter ended with both sides tied on 36 points but the inclusion of Alvin Rutayisire and Kajeguhakwa Bunene added a fighting spirit to the game to win both the third and fourth quarters.

    In other matches, Burundi men’s team recorded their first win of the tournament as they overcame whipping boys Uganda 86-80.

    In the women category, Rwanda defied odds to defeat Kenya by a difference of four points after an entertaining 69-65 riot. Rwanda women have booked their first ticket to the African Championship which will be held in Madagascar in September.

    Uganda also overcame Burundi’s pressure to win by one point after uneasy 61-60.

    Meanwhile, Rwanda men’s team will wind up the regional qualifiers with a thrilling match that will pit them against defending champions Egypt battling for the top tournament’s accolade at 6pm.

    In the women’s section, Rwanda will play against Burundi as Kenya confronts Uganda in the other game.

    Egypt and Rwanda are the top two men’s sides in this tournament and will travel to Libya in August while Rwanda women’s team has won the sole ticket for the same tournament in Madagascar in September.

    In 2007, Rwanda earned participation to the African Championship after finishing second in the zonal championship which were also held in Kigali.

    Africa Zone V Qualifiers

    Yesterday
    Women
    Rwanda 69-65 Kenya
    Uganda 61-60 Burundi

    Men
    Burundi 86-80 Uganda
    Rwanda 81-67 Kenya

    Today
    Women
    Kenya v Uganda 2pm
    Rwanda v Burundi 4pm

    Men
    Rwanda v Egypt 6pm

    Men Ranking
    Rwanda- 6 pts
    Egypt- 6 pts
    Kenya- 5 pts
    Burundi - 5 pts
    Uganda - 3 pts
    Women Ranking
    Rwanda- 10 pts
    Uganda- 8 pts
    Kenya- 6 pts
    Burundi- 4 pts

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    Thanks for the report, Zlim! I'm really happy that both Rwandan squads made the tournament. That's just great.

    It's also nice to see Egypt going to the AC. Hopefully they can improve a little and regain some of their respect.

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    Africa nations Championship Qualifiers

    Yesterday
    Women
    Rwanda 103-35 Burundi
    Kenya 67-45 Uganda

    Men
    Rwanda 41-71 Egypt

    Men Ranking
    Egypt- 8 pts
    Rwanda- 6 pts
    Kenya- 5 pts
    Burundi - 5 pts
    Uganda - 3 pts

    Women Ranking
    Rwanda- 12 pts
    Kenya- 8 pts
    Uganda- 8 pts
    Burundi- 4 pts

    The FIBA-Africa Zone V basketball qualifiers for the continental nations’ events came to conclusion last evening with Rwanda’s men and ladies’ teams qualifying.

    The ladies’ team recorded an impressive 103-35 win over Burundi in their last game to collect maximum points while the men’s team’ winning streak was halted at the final hurdle when they lost 41-71 to tournament’s favorites Egypt.

    USA based Honore Ayebare led scored for Rwanda’s ladies with 36 points to keep the team’s unbeaten record interact.

    The game was an easy affair for Rwandans as they faced very little challenge from Burundian Fiona Sifa who threaten to spoil the host’s party.

    Mireille Karangwa added 22 points while Letiticia Mahoro scored 12 points for Rwanda.

    Sifa who was Burundi’s best player failed to add on her 10 points after she was shown the exit two minutes to the end for accumulated fouls.

    In the other match played, Kenya finished in the ladies’ category after defeating Uganda 67-45.

    Rwanda’s Ayebare was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament in the category.

    Egypt retains Zone V title

    Defending champions Egypt defeated Rwanda 71-41 to win the Fiba Men’s Africa Nations Championship qualifiers title.

    Boa Waer top scored 16 points for the 2007 champions to ensure his country’s return to the Africa nations Championship which will be held in Libya from August 5-25 in April.

    Said Haytham also scored 16 points for Egypt whereas Tamer Mohammed added 8 points respectively.

    Rwanda’s best scorer was Robert Thompson who netted 12 points while Alvin Rutayisire scored 11 and Hamza Ruhezamihigo got four points to his name.

    Rwanda finished second in the men’s category and will accompany Egypt to this year’s Afro-basket championship.

    Thompson was the tournament’s top rebounder and best free thrower in the men’s category.

    Also in the men’s category, Egypt’s Haytham bagged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament; best two points’ shooter; best three points’ shooter and top scorer honours in the tournament respectively.

    Rwanda’s men and women teams all qualified to this year’s Fiba Africa Nations Championships which will be held in Libya and Madagascar respectively.

    Rwanda men’s team booked a place to the continental show piece after an impressive 81-67 win over rivals Kenya in the ongoing FIBA- Africa Zone V both men and women qualifiers on Saturday.

    Rwanda women have booked their first ticket to the African Championship which will be held in Madagascar in September.

    Egypt and Rwanda were the top two men’s sides in this tournament and will travel to Libya in August while Rwanda women’s team has won the sole ticket for the same tournament in Madagascar in September.

    In 2007, Rwanda earned participation to the African Championship after finishing second to Egypt in the zonal championship which were also held in Kigali.

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    Here is the Roster of the Rwandan National team that participated in the conclude zonal qualifers for the African Championships:

    Mathieu Miller (England)
    Mike Buzangu (APR)
    Bertrand Muhire (193-F-84)
    Karim Nkusi (195-F-83)
    Gaylord Ndugu (194-F-85)
    Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84)
    Kami Kabange (APR)
    Rob Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield)
    Bunene Gedeka Valery Kajeguhakwa (191-G-82)
    Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85)
    Amandin Rutayisire
    Serge Kabangu (APR)
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    Default Zone V Fiba-Africa qualifying championship

    Individual Awards
    Women
    Top Rebounder - Auma Purity - Kenya
    Best Free throw shooter - Ayebare Honour - Rwanda
    Best 2 points shooter - Karangwa Mireille - Rwanda
    Best 3 points shooter - Ayebare Honore - Rwanda
    Top Scorer - Ayebare Honore - Rwanda
    MVP - Ayebare Honore - Rwanda
    Men
    Top Rebounder - Rob Thomson - Rwanda
    Best Free throw shooter - Rob Thomson - Rwanda
    Best 2 points shooter - Saidi Haytham - Egypt
    Best 3 points shooter - Saidi Haytham - Egypt
    Top Scorer - Saidi Haytham - Egypt
    MVP – Saidi Haytham – Egypt

    Hamza Ruhezamihigo—is the captain and the star man on Rwanda’s men basketball team and so he was supposed to be at the centre of Rwanda’s game at the just concluded Zone V Fiba-Africa qualifying championship in Kigali.

    The Canadian-based point-guard cum shooting-guard won the Most Valuable Player accolade at the last championship held in Kigali two years ago and going into this year’s event, so much was expected from him, not only by the home crowd but also the opposition—he was the man to watch out for.

    Host nation Rwanda counted on Ruhezamihigo to help the national team make an impact at the Championship and indeed he helped the team but he was the not star of the team, he failed to reproduce his form of 2007 and he would be the first to admit to that.

    This is not critic of him but he was overshadowed by the performances of two of his fellow professionals on the team Robert Thompson and Mathieu Miller, particularly the former.

    Ruhezamihigo, who plays for Concordia in Canada where he studies and lives became a crowd favourite during the 2007 Africa Championship qualifiers in Kigali when he played a pivotal role in helping Rwanda qualify for her first ever Afro-basket competition.

    For his impressive performances, he was voted as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), an award he overwhelmingly deserved, but also put him at the ‘risk’ of being at the vanguard of the public interest.

    But it was Thompson, who stole the show as far the most partisan home crowd was concerned yet Ruhezamihingo’s cause wasn’t helped at all when the coach Kavedzija Vacescav kept taking him off whenever he sensed things weren’t going well for the crowd’s favourite son.

    Having him is a big boost to team as his potential is there for all to see, no one can questioned his talent and skill, and also his experience adds plenty to the any team he plays for but this Championship must have left him a little disappointed him own game.

    Romanian-based Thompson was the only Rwandan (men) to win any of the individual awards at stake when scooped the Top Rebounder and Best Free throw shooter’s accolades.

    Contrary to the 2007 event when Ruhezamihigo swept aside everything in-front of him from opponents, whom he left chasing his shadow to all individual awards, this time round, nothing seemed to go his way and whenever the going got tough, he went missing!

    Ayebare is born
    Two years ago, Ruhezamihigo was an unknown item to the Rwandan basketball community but his imperative performances made him probably the most talked about basketball player in Rwanda’s recent history, two year’s later, another unknown became famous in a matter of weeks.

    She can hardly speak a proper word in Kinyarwanda but US-based Honore Ayebare led Rwanda’s ladies’ team to the Zone V title and consequently became the new Ruhezamihigo of the women team.

    The pocket-sized but vastly talented ace treated the home crowd to real basketball, which won her admiration on the terraces and beyond, no wonder at the end of the week-long tournament, she took home four of six individual awards up for grabs.

    She was voted the Most Valuable Players (MVP), Top Scorer, Best 3 points shooter as well as the Best Free throw shooter.

    Another Rwandan based in Europe Mireille Karangwa, won the Best 2 points shooter while Kenya’s Purity Auma was Top Rebounder.

    The week-long championship produced some scintillating basketball especially by the eventual champions Egypt, first and second runners-up Rwanda and Kenya (men) and in the women, it was the top two sides (Rwanda and Kenya) that gave the crowd something to cheer about.

    Egypt continue dominance
    It was the same story as two years ago when Rwanda and Egypt dominated the headlines and for the second consecutive championship, Egypt (men) proved quite too strong for their opponents but unlike in 2007, Rwanda’s women turned tables on their adversaries in a pretty devastating form.

    Two years ago, hosts Rwanda faced Egypt in the men’s final and the better team obviously won but both qualified for the Fiba-Africa Nations Cup in Angola yet that year, Rwanda’s women team could only manage third-place finish behind eventual champions Kenya and the beaten finalists Burundi.

    Fast forward and two years later, Rwanda are champions while the Burundi could only finish last behind defending champs Kenya and Uganda, who took third place.

    Unfortunately, this year’s event had a number of team s withdrawing citing different reasons but the most outstanding one being financial.

    Countries like Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sudan were supposed to participate but pulled out leaving only Egypt, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and Uganda to battle it out for the men’s title while only Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi contested the women’s crown.

    As hosts, Rwanda desperately needed to repeat their 2007 heroics when they finished second to Egypt in the qualifiers thereby earning a ticket to the Afro-basket competition staged in Angola.

    The defending champions Egypt were in a class of their own as they easily won all their games; they beat Kenya 101-39, Uganda 95-53, Burundi 95-50 and Rwanda 71-41.

    No wonder they point guard Saidi Haytham did a Ruhezamihigo of 2007 by scooping all in front of him—he went home with MVP, Top Scorer, Best 2 points shooter and Best 3 points shooter’s awards.

    But unlike two years ago when only the men’s team qualified for the continental championship, Rwanda will have both her men and women teams rubbing shoulders against the best on the African continent—and like Vacescav said after his teams qualified, the biggest challenge lies ahead.

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    Who is Saidi Haytham from Egypt? Of course I've never heard of him, but I couldn't find a thing on the internet about him. Anybody know?

    It's great to see that Robert Thompson had such a successful tournament. I'm really jealous of Thompson. He seems like a very interesting fellow. I'm also glad that "Ruheza" was able to play well again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvblair View Post
    Who is Saidi Haytham from Egypt? Of course I've never heard of him, but I couldn't find a thing on the internet about him. Anybody know?

    It's great to see that Robert Thompson had such a successful tournament. I'm really jealous of Thompson. He seems like a very interesting fellow. I'm also glad that "Ruheza" was able to play well again.
    Yo Matt! Saidi Haytham is actually Haytham El Said (I don't why they wrote his last name wrong and mentioned it before his first name . It's not like we're in China ).

    Haytham is one of the prominent guards (Height: 190 cm or 6'4, DOB: 1975) in the Egyptian League and he is currently playing with Al Zamalek (Currently in 1st place in the Egyptian League).

    I remember that he's a good shooter and has a high 3pt accuracy (His team has played before in summer tournaments in Lebanon and that's how come I know him). The thing is he's not that young anymore but probably has reached the peak of his career.

    http://www.africabasket.com/team.asp?Cntry=EGY&Team=937

    http://www.africabasket.com/Egypt/ba...?NewsID=152334

    (By the way nice avatar. Did u draw it this morning, or is that the work of one of ur students )

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    SEN – Ndong: ‘It would be sad for my career if we didn’t win FIBA Africa Championship’

    MALAGA (FIBA Africa Championship) - There is almost always a big smile draped across the face of Senegal’s Boniface Ndong.

    The 31-year-old is, in general, a happy person.

    Then there is the success that he continues to enjoy as a 2.12m center with Unicaja Malaga. Ndong is averaging almost nine points and five rebounds per game in the ACB.

    The Most Valuable Player of the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship, Ndong has played at the highest level in the game, in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers and in the Euroleague with Malaga.

    He could end up playing for Senegal again, but organizational issues continue to dog the federation and that may prevent them from getting their big man on board for this summer when the country goes for gold at the AfroBasket in Libya.

    He gave this interview to Jeff Taylor for FIBA.com.

    FIBA: Boniface, let’s wind the clock back and say congratulations once again on the MVP honour back in 2005 at the FIBA Africa Championship when Senegal finished runner-up to Angola.

    Boniface Ndong: Thank you very much. First of all, it was an honour me playing for my team, for my country, and to be voted MVP was very special. It was something that hadn’t happened to a Senegalese player since 1997. It was good. We did great, qualified for the (2006 FIBA) World Championship.

    FIBA: What is it about Senegal and its production line of quality basketball players?

    Boniface Ndong: (Laughing) First of all, we’re all tall. But basketball had a lot of tradition in Senegal and a lot of kids got into basketball because there are players they look up to who went to the United States and guys who play over here in Europe. So basketball has a lot of tradition that goes back about 30 years and that’s why young people are involved, besides being tall.

    FIBA: Can we expect to see you play for Senegal again, maybe at this year’s FIBA Africa Championship in Libya (August 5-15), or is your national team career over?

    Boniface Ndong: No, it’s not over. I’ve been speaking to people and spoke to the coach recently and the general manager when we played against Olympiacos here and we still talked about coming back because I want to give it a last shot, winning the African Championship. It would be sad for my career if we didn’t win it. So I hope that first of all, our federation and our government will first do something to get us a coach. I’ve been talking a lot to other players and we’re all ready to come but we always have the same problem, organizational problem. But if these things are met, I’ll be there.

    FIBA: Is that what kept you from playing at the FIBA World Championship in 2006, organizational problems?

    Boniface Ndong: Yes it was organizational problems. They (Senegal Basketball Federation) can never have a set plan, but we (players) have to plan for our summer. They always change their plans at the last minute. I need to have set plans as I have other things to do. I have workouts to do, take care of my career, take care of my family. There are a lot of things to do. I need a plan before so I can set the timing. I can’t plan a vacation with my family and then change it at the last minute. This is not acceptable if you want something. They never change. I’m still hoping they change because I really want to go and I know that other players want to go. I think even our (former) coach is willing to negotiate with the federation and not take all the money that he is owed, so we will see.

    FIBA: Thanks Boniface. We hope everything works out with Senegal and get to see you in Libya and good luck with the rest of the season.

    Boniface Ndong: Thank you very much.
    http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/new...9591/arti.html
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    So, Ndong might not play because he wouldn't want to cancel a vacation with his family? That's a lame excuse, in my opinion. Maybe there is something else to these "organizational problems," like travel compensation or something, but not being able to schedule a workout or vacation doesn't seem like a good excuse to me.

    Hopefully Ndong will play for the NT. I think he will. He's a fantastic player and he'll bring so much to the tournament. Senegal could have a great chance!

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    Its a lame excuse to cancel vacations with your family ? How much do you have of an inside what went on the last time the NT grouped together ?
    Stop judging Boniface by reading one interview...thanks.

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