Espoir to honour 18 players killed in 1994 Genocide

Espoir Basketball Club will honour eighteen of their players who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi when they host their annual Tournoi Memorial Gisembe later this year.
Espoir lost nearly 20 players during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The team is organising a tournament in honour of the fallen players. The New Times / File.
Espoir lost nearly 20 players during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The team is organising a tournament in honour of the fallen players. The New Times / File.

Espoir Basketball Club will honour eighteen of their players who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi when they host their annual Tournoi Memorial Gisembe later this year.

Among the players killed during the Genocide include Emmanuel Ntarugera who was commonly known as Gisembe.

Richard Mutabazi, the secretary of Rwanda Basketball Federation and a member of Espoir club, said that the club lost close to 18 players, unknown number of fans and administrators during the mayhem of 19 years ago.

“Most of the players who were killed featured in the senior and junior teams as well. The club also lost fans and other club administrators,” added Mutabazi.

Being a member of Espoir club, the club decided to establish the Gisembe Memorial Tournament as a way of honouring the fallen victims.

In general, the basketball fraternity lost many players and fans such as Gisembe, Rugamba Gustave, Rutagengwa Mayina Amable, Rubingisa Emmanuel bitaga Mbingisa, Kabeho Augustin bitaga Tutu, Olivier Munyaneza alias Toto, Umutoza Nyirinkwaya alias Damien, Théogène Mutijima alias Riyanga, Murenzi J.M.V, Hitimana Nice and Twagiramungu Félix alias Rukokoma. Others Mutarema Védaste, Mukotanyi Désiré, Rutagengwa Jean Bosco, Majoro, Munyawera Raymond, Gatera Yves ndetse, and Kabayiza Raymond who was the founding member of the club.

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