REG coach says game 1 at AfroLeague a must-win

REG players listen to head coach Patrick Ngwijuruvugo during a friendly match against the national team on Monday. Sam Ngendahimana.


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RWANDA ENERGY GROUP basketball club head coach Patrick Ngwijuruvugo has said that their first game against Ferroviario da Beira of Mozambique at the inaugural FIBA Africa Basketball League (AfroLeague) is a must-win for his side.

The FIBA Africa Basketball League gets underway Friday through February 11 Cairo, Egypt.

Ngwijuruvugo’s men start their group campaign against Ferroviario da Beira on Friday before taking on Primeiro de Agosto the following day, and then Al Ahly on Sunday.

“Our target is to win the first game and then build on that momentum for the next games,” he said, adding that his players were ready for the challenge.

REG have been drawn in the same pool as home side and African powerhouse Al Ahly, Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto, and Ferroviario da Beira of Mozambique.

“We need to be at our best in the first game which will give us an advantage in the next two games,” added the Burundian tactician.

REG qualified for the continental showpiece in August after finishing third at the 2018 FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championship in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. They will represent the Eastern Africa region along with two Egyptian sides Al Ahly and Smouha.

Egypt will host Group C games, which will determine two teams that advance to the round of last eight.

The clubs that finish in the top two positions from each of the four groups will advance to the elite eight round, which will mark the beginning of the knock-out stages.