Espoir eyes a repeat of unbeaten record
Espoir basketball club is targeting to stage a repeat of last season when they won the league title last season without losing any game.
Espoir Basketball Club coach Jean Bahufite said on Sunday that he is confident Espoir has the potential to extend the unbeaten record.
The national basketball league’s second round will resume on September 14 and Espoir which remains unbeaten thus far on the local scene, is still hungry enough to go another season without losing a game.
Espoir, who won the league title and playoffs trophy last season, will play their first match of second round against former champions Circle Sportif de Kigali at Amahoro Indoor stadium.
“We have started preparations ahead of the second round. We are hungry for more success and our next tie against CSK is a must win,” Bahufite.
After the first round matches, defending champions Espoir lead the league with 12 points, one point ahead of second-placed Rusizi BBC.
The Nyamirambo-based side has won their first six games in the league this season and will be hoping to maintain this form in the second round.
After losing one of his star performers Kami Kabange, who joined Ugandan side City Oil, Bahifite made key signings including Point Guard Lionel Hakizimana from rivals APR, forward Olivier Shyaka from KBC and 18-year-old forward Steven Hagumintwari from Petit Seminaire de Karubanda.
The Rafiki side has won the league title four times, in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2012.