CONTRARY to previous editions, this year’s Coupe du Rwanda has been opened to provincial clubs.
The executive secretary of the local volleyball federation Gertrude Kubwimana yesterday revealed that on top of the usual first division clubs, teams from the country side have also been encouraged to take part.
“We have asked all those interested to register for the tournament,” Kubwimana said.
The preliminaries and semi-finals will be jointly hosted by the National University of Rwanda (UNR) and Groupe Scolaire de Butare this weekend with the finals set for next Sunday in Kigali.
Last year, APR reigned supreme after thrashing Kigali Volleyball Club (KVC) in straight sets (3-0). Their female counterparts also flourished after overpowering Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) 3-1 in the final.
With the 2009 national league title already in the bag, Jean Luc Ndayikengurukiye’s guns are on course for a repeat of last year’s heroics where they a treble; league, Coupe du Rwanda and Rutsindura Memorial tournament.
Last Sunday, APR wrapped up their first title of the season after a 3-1 league final victory over KVC. Magerwa have injected Rwf1m in this year’s edition.