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Rwanda’s U-16 Girls’ Basketball Team Clinches Spot in 2023 FIBA Afrobasket


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Rwanda’s U-16 girls’ basketball team secured their spot in the 2023 FIBA Africa U16 championships after a thrilling victory over Tanzania in the FIBA U16 Zone V African Basketball Championship qualifiers held in Kigali.

The win, with a final score of 66-65, marked Rwanda’s first triumph in the three-day tournament and earned them qualification to the prestigious event.

Girls' Basketball Team

The qualification comes as a result of Burundi’s disqualification for fielding over-age players, allowing Rwanda to progress from the three-team group stages. The 2023 FIBA Africa women’s finals are scheduled to take place in Monastir, Tunisia, from July 13 to 23.

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Emlyne Iragena Mahoro emerged as the standout player for the Rwandan team, showcasing her skills with a game-high 20 points and 7 rebounds. Liliane Ingabire also made a significant contribution, adding 18 points and 8 rebounds to the team’s victory.

Tanzania’s Elizabeth Laizer fought valiantly, scoring 20 points and grabbing an impressive 23 rebounds, while Upendo Isaya Katamboi chipped in with 15 points.

Rwanda's U-16 Girls' Basketball Team Clinches Spot in 2023 FIBA Afrobasket

The girls’ category featured three teams – Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania – competing in a round-robin format. Meanwhile, in the boys’ category, Rwanda finished in second place after a hard-fought match against Burundi, which ended with a score of 80-90.

Uganda secured the top spot in the boys’ category, ensuring their qualification for the 2023 FIBA Africa Under-16 Championships.

The successful qualification of both the Rwandan girls’ and Ugandan boys’ teams highlights the growing talent and potential of young basketball players in the region.


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