2022 has been a yr of blended fortunes in Rwandan basketball on each native and intentional scenes.
From the Rwandan Energy Group (REG)’s dominance at the home stage and APR’s large cash switch trade, to the dying of Patriots’ co-founder Richard Karimba, Times Sport seems to be on the key highlights that formed the sport in 2022.
REG’s home hegemony continues however…battle at BAL
The Rwanda Energy Group (REG)-powered workforce established themselves a drive to reckon with as they proceed to dominate home basketball however their woes on the Basketball Africa League (BAL) raised questions about their elite standing on the continental stage.
The membership can have had an outstanding season and then they retained the 2022 national basketball league taking the home league name clear of Patriots for the second one time in a row however basketball fanatics nonetheless do not get how the champions completed on the most sensible of the 2022 BAL Sahara Conference forward of Tunisian giants US Monastir however failed to galvanize all through the finals held in Kigali in May.
REG, sooner than their house supporters at BK Arena, lost to Cameroon’s Forces Armees et Police (FAP) in the quarterfinals depart hundreds of house supporters in dismay.
US Monastir, who completed 2d in the back of REG in the Conference video games, sooner or later received the championship beating Angola’s Petro de Luanda 83-72 in the general.
REG can be having a look to regain the boldness of Rwandans after they go back to the BAL 2023 having a look extra bold and dedicated to soar again from final season’s sadness.
Rwandan duo nominated for NBA coaching camp
Two Rwandan youngsters, Nelly Akaliza and Mike Lukwanga Mugalu have been amongst 64 younger basketballers that took section in a 3-day NBA coaching camp held in Egypt in August.
Dubbed Basketball Without Borders (BWB), this system attracted 64 proficient girls and boys from 26 African international locations.
The duo is amongst basketball potentialities that Rwanda may rely on in the longer term given their fast upward thrust in their construction.
Lukwanga is a 17-yr-previous who performs as a middle and was once a part of the U-18 nationwide basketball workforce, whilst Akaliza, additionally 17, is a middle as smartly who was once a part of the nationwide workforce that represented Rwanda on the U-18 Zone V Afrobasket qualifiers in June 2022.
The children have been coached through NBA gamers Udoka Azubuike (Utah Jazz; Nigeria), Mo Bamba (Orlando Magic; U.S.; ties to Ivory Coast), 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon (U.S.; Boston Celtics) and Grant Williams (U.S.; Celtics), in addition to NBA Global Ambassador and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
APR warn opponents with large trades
Basketball fanatics are going to watch a brand new-glance APR BBC facet that can best be having a look to finish their 12-yr trophy drought subsequent season.
The membership made mega trades on the finish of the 2022 season bringing in level guard Jean-Jacques Wilson Nshobozwabyosenumukiza and tool-ahead Axel Mpoyo from REG in addition to level guard Ntore Habimana because the membership seems to be to toughen their squad forward of subsequent season.
The trio have been joined through U-primarily based Dan Manzi Kimasa and Bush Wamukota who joined the membership early in December.
The get started gamers’ transfer to APR left opponents REG and Patriots on alert that subsequent season may well be much more difficult with the military facet’s eyes now set on successful the league and reserving a price tag to constitute Rwanda on the BAL subsequent season.
Ruhamiriza officiates at NBA Summer League
Rwanda’s world basketball referee, Jean Sauveur Ruhamiriza, has a yr to take into account with the improvement of his refereeing profession best getting higher.
The Rwandese was once named amongst referees who officiated at this yr’s NBA Summer League held in July in Las Vegas.
He was once in price of the Detroit Pistons vs Washington Wizards sport.
That was once this kind of nice step for the referee who in the past officiated the FIBA Women’s U-19 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary, turning into the second one Rwandan world referee to officiate a Basketball World Cup match after Didier Shema Maboko, the previous Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports.
The passing of Patriots co-founder Karimba
Patriots and all the basketball fraternity are nonetheless mourning the passing of membership founding member Richard Karimba.
The 51-yr-previous died in January in a medical institution in Kenya after an extended struggle with most cancers, a dying that quite a lot of as “a big loss for the entire basketball community.”
Karimba is survived through a spouse and 3 youngsters.
Mugabe retires from world basketball
Not anytime sooner than basketball fanatics paid tributes to any Rwandan basketball participant than they did when Aristide Mugabe announced his retirement from international basketball on the age of 34, hanging an finish to an 11-yr profession with the nationwide workforce.
So many of us hailed the veteran for his management off and on the pitch, leaving such a lot of younger basketball gamers having a look up to him. They can be happy to see him again to the courtroom tochlie as a trainer even supposing he has no longer introduced what the longer term holds for him.
Mugabe these days performs for Patriots on membership stage.
The level-guard made his world debut for Rwanda in 2011 in the Afrobasket qualifiers.
In his high, he was once some of the key gamers in the nationwide workforce, hanging up necessary performs at the courtroom, and served as a captain from 2013 to 2019.
He featured in 3 Afrobasket tournaments of 2011, 2013, and 2017.
He made his final look with the nationwide workforce in March this yr all through the primary window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers that was once held in Dakar, Senegal in March.
Author: New Times