THE national women basketball team yesterday departed for Madagascar, the venue for the 2009 Fiba Africa Championship for Women.
The 21-man contingent which left aboard Kenya Airways included 14 players and seven officials.
This year, Rwanda is making a debut at the show piece which counts as Africa’s premier women basketball competition.
The first-timers are drawn in Group B alongside defending champions Mali, two-time champions Nigeria, 2001 losing finalists Tunisia, 1983 winners Angola and Guinea while Group A pits record champions Senegal with South Africa, Cameroon, Mauritius, Mozambique and hosts Madagascar.
Rwanda qualified for the championship after dethroning Kenya in the Zone 5 championships which were hosted in Kigali back in March.
Since the tournament inception back in 1966, Senegal has won nine titles; Nigeria, DR.Congo and Egypt are level with two while Angola, Mali and Madagascar have one apiece.
Mali won the 2007 edition after beating Senegal 63-56 in the final.
Senegal, Mozambique, Cameroon, South Africa,
Mauritius and Madagascar
Mali, Nigeria, Angola, Tunisia, Guinea and Rwanda