APR is targeting a record 8th Genocide memorial trophy when the tournament kicks off in June, according to the club’s assistant coach Elie Mutabazi.
Last year, APR dominated both the men and women categories after seeing off Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) respectively.
Mutabazi told Times Sport that the teams are training for the competition and warned against complacency.
“We have started training for the competition and I have told the players that the only thing between them and retaining the trophy is complacency. We need to approach the competition with the right attitude,” Mutabazi said.
Rwanda Volleyball Federation (FRVB) is one of the sports federations that lost members in the genocide, who included players, coaches and administrators.
Members of the volleyball fraternity killed in the genocide
Players: Bejamin Iminamikore, Regis Murekezi, Placide Ntagugura, Basile Ntagwabira, Egide Kumuyange, Canisius Karonji, Emmanuel Hategekimana, Michel Gasinzigwa, Théoneste Rutayisire, Justin Niyongira, Alphonse Kagenza, Innocent Rwagashayija, Eric Kayiranga, Jean Pierre Kamonyo, Eugene Gabiro, Dominique Ngoga Sebalinda, Alfred Toto Butare, Martin Mukeshimana, Vénant Ulimubenshi and Jean Marie Vianney Rukamba
Others include Jean de la Croix Mugandura, Callixte Gasana, Théogène Ntaganira, Innocent Hategekimana, Gilles Sebalinda, Camile Gakebuka, Jean Marie Vianney Ngarambe, Jean Bosco Tumukuze, Toussaint Rutiyomba, Alphonse Rutsindura, Abdallah Uwimana, Marcellin Rugira, Vincent Gakwaya, André Kayigamba ,Esdras Ngamije and Jean Pierre Rudandi
Coaches: Sosthène Kabagema, Jean Bosco Rugira, Goretti Kamanzi, Landouard Rugenera, Jean Berchmas and Ugeziwe and William Mugaragu.