Sibomana joins UTB volleyball Club

Rwanda international Placide Sibomana is seen here on the block in a past Zone 5 match against Kenya at Amahoro Stadium. Sam Ngendahimana.

Rwanda international Placide Madison Sibomana is the latest famous name in transfer talks following the completion of his move to University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB) volleyball club on a two-year contract yesterday.

A reliable source within UTB that talked to Saturday Sport on condition of anonymity confirmed the signing of the star centre blocker without giving much details regarding his contract, only revealing that he has penned a two-year, renewable deal.

“Placide  is a deal done now. He is our player, and has signed two years – which is a renewable deal. His addition to the squad is such a huge boost to our league title aspirations next season,” the source said.

What you need to know about the player

Sibomana made his league debut in 2010 with his former secondary school team GSO Butare but it was not until 2011 that he signed his first contract with Lycee de Nyanza where he played two seasons, till mid-2012.

After the two-year contract with the Nyanza-based side, Sibomana landed a professional contract with Qatar’s topflight league side Al-Arabi Sports Club, inking a five-year deal.

However, he was loaned to All Shamal, still in Qatar, for one season before returning to the club in late 2014. After a below par maiden season, Al-Arabi Sports Club released Sibomana, who was rapidly hijacked by archrivals Al Ahli club for the 2015/16 campaign.

The former Lycee de Nyanza centre struggled with form and was only at Al Ahli club for four months before he crossed to Al-Gharafa Sports Club in 2016/17 where he helped the team to finish in seventh position from tenth spot they had recorded the previous season.

After his impressive season with Al-Gharafa, Sibomana was signed by Jordanian side Al Awdeh Youth Club in November 2017 but only played there for two months before both sides decided to mutually terminate his contract.

He returned to Rwanda in January this year and immediately signed by Gisagara Volleyball Club, a side he helped to retain the league title, and guided them to a first Carre d’As title and this year’s Genocide Memorial Tournament as well.