Rwanda U-16s eager to win Zone V championships

Rwanda U-16 will be looking for nothing less than a win when they face off against Ethiopia twice this weekend in the FIBA Zone V Championships at Amahoro indoor stadium.
Rwanda U-16 boys’ team are taken through their paces this week at Amahoro indoor stadium. Rwanda face Ethiopia today and tomorrow. (S. Ngendahimana)
Rwanda U-16 boys’ team are taken through their paces this week at Amahoro indoor stadium. Rwanda face Ethiopia today and tomorrow. (S. Ngendahimana)

Today

Rwanda        vs      Ethiopia       4pm

Sunday

Rwanda        vs      Ethiopia       4pm

Rwanda U-16 will be looking for nothing less than a win when they face off against Ethiopia twice this weekend in the FIBA Zone V Championships at Amahoro indoor stadium.

Only two teams are competing in this year’s tournament which also serves as qualifier for the FIBA Afro-basket U-16 qualifiers which will be staged in Mali in July.

After Eritrea pulled out at the last minute, Ethiopia stepped in to compete with Rwanda. Initially, all Zone V member countries, but Eritrea, opted out of playing in the competition citing a lack of U-16 category teams.

Rwanda head coach Albert Buhake said that the team is ready to win the two games against Ethiopia and qualify for the FIBA Afro-basket.

“Our aim is to win these two games, we have prepared well, and the boys are raring to go and I am confident we will qualify,” Buhake told Saturday Sport yesterday.

The Rwandan girls’ team have already qualified for the FIBA Afro-basket U-16 girls’ tournament set for July 16-24 in Madagascar.

Rwanda qualified after, like in the boys’ category, all the other nine member countries said they would not take part in the tournament because they do not have U-16 teams.

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