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Kenya, TZ to host Africa Zone Five
club tourney after Rwanda withdraws

By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has pulled out of the regional Africa Zone Five Basketball Club Championships, forcing organizers to seek alternative venues in Kenya’s Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Kenya Basketball Federation secretary Vitalis Gode said Rwanda’s Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, which is the only venue that has an indoor court in Rwanda and meets international standards to host Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA) events, is under renovation and can’t be allowed to host the event.

This has forced a last minute change of venues with Mombasa and Dar es Salaam picked to stage the women and men’s tournaments respectively.

“We had no choice but to take the games away from Kigali due to the unavailability of a standard venue. Mombasa and Dar es Salam will step in, but they too must be assessed to see that they meet the threshold for a tournament of this caliber,” Gode said on Wednesday.

Kenya will have six teams in the competition with Ports Authority, Equity Bank and Strathmore University each present two teams to the tourney, which is part of the 2018 FIBA competitions.

Ports Authority are the women champions. They first won the title in 2016 in Dar es Salaam and retained it last year in Kampala, Uganda. City Oilers from Uganda are the defending champions in the men’s category.

             

 

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