Rwanda Basketball Federation Desire President Mugwiza can confirm basketball league games in Rwanda are to resume in October with an aim to get players in shape for the upcoming FIBA 2021 African Nations Championship.

The league games however are to be played in a tournament format with eight teams competing for the title. Teams are to be split into two groups with each group spotting four teams.

The tournament takes place from October 16-24 with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semifinals. Games are to be played in a one off format rather than a multiple game series.

GNBC v Patriots (white) in a qualification game Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Regular basketball activities in Rwanda and other countries in the world have been affected due to the COVID pandemic. Team Players and Staff are to isolate during the competition period to avoid contracting the virus.

A host of players in the league are expected to compete for Rwanda’s National Team later this year as Rwanda prepares to play against Nigeria, Mali and Algeria in Group D.

Nigeria in action at the 2019 World Cup Photo Courtesy:

The East African country is host of the 2021 Championship and has automatically qualified for the competition. Patriots will compete in the tournament as a tune up for the Basketball Africa League.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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