Urunani rule out Gisembe memorial tourney


Defending champions Urunani of Burundi have pulled out of this year’s Gisembe memorial international tournament winners slated for this weekend in Kigali.

Urunani won last year’s title after a narrow 66-65 win over tournament organizers Espoir.  Espoir claimed this year’s local edition after beating rivals CSK in the final 81-79 on Sunday.

According to the Rwanda Basketball Federation Technical Director, Didier Shema Maboko, the Burundians withdrew from the event because of injuries to their key players, while some of their player are student and current doing exams.

The 3-day tournament will be contested by eleven teams, six men’s and five women’s respectively.

 Rwanda’s teams will be Espoir, Cercle Sportif de Kigali and KBC (men), while Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP) and Ubumwe are the two women teams.

Regional teams to grace the competition include; Muzinga (men) and Belco Stars (women) both from Burundi, City Oilers (men) and Magic Stormers (women) of Uganda and PGB Goma (men and women) of DR Congo.

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