Rwanda retains basketball title as APR edge Simba to revive title hopes in EAC Military Games

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RDF basketball team have retained the basketball title at the EAC military games

RDF basketball team have retained the basketball title at the EAC military games

Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF)’s basketball team has retained the basketball title of the 2016 EAC Military Games and Cultural Event underway in Kigali, Rwanda.

The RDF Basketball team registered their third victory of the round-robin basketball tournament, defeating Kenya Defence Force (KDF) team 75-70 on Sunday at Amahoro Indoor stadium.

The Rwandan side started the game on a good note winning the first quarter 12-10 before succumbing to 27-37 loss over KDF.

After recess, Kenya maintained the lead in the third quarter edging Rwanda 61-49. The RDF side returned for the final quarter charged and clearly took control of the game in the ding minutes of the game to win the encounter 75-70.

The deserved win meant that Rwanda finished the tournament unbeaten following earlier victories over Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) whom they thumped 78-64 and Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) who the beat with a four-point margin ending the game 67-63.

The RDF basketball team head coach Mbazumutima Charles hailed his players for displaying determination and team work; key factors that helped his side retain the title.

“My players displayed hard work all throughout and am thankful to them that they listened to my advice going into every game.

They knew it very that our mission was to finish on a very victorious note, avoid conceding any game and we have finally achieved our mission,”

“It was not easy playing in front of your home crowd, we were under pressure to deliver and being at home, we had no option but to ensure that the title remains home. We are therefore glad to have sealed it well,” added Mbazumutima.

The perfect finish has seen RDF retain the basketball title it last won in last year’s edition held in Kampala, Uganda. The last game in basketball is on Tuesday as Tanzania face Uganda.

In other sports events, RDF’s football team, APR Fc have revived their hopes of retaining the football title as they edged UPDF’s Simba side 2-0 in their second game of the military games played on Sunday at Stade de Kigali.

New signing Innocent Habyarimana scored a brace to help Coach Gilbert Kanyankole’s side redeem their title hopes.

Meanwhile, APR Fc is now on top of the table with three points and a superior +1 goal difference over Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars and TPDF who have three points and no goal difference while Uganda’s Simba Fc have three points and -1 goal difference.

Action continues on Tuesday as Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars who beat APR Fc 1-0 in the opening game takes on UPDF’s Simba at Stade de Kigali while APR Fc will take on Tanzanian side on Wednesday.

Should now APR Fc book a deserved win over TPDF and hope that Ulinzi and Simba draw, they will comfortably retain the title but any difference in the goals scored by Ulinzi Stars in their final game against Simba or vice-versa, then the title would still be decided after the final game.

In other games played on Sunday, Tanzania dominated Kenya (25-16) in handball at Amahoro stadium while Tanzania overcame Kenya 39-33 in Netball respectively.

Tuesday Fixtures

Netball

Uganda                vs            Kenya

Handball           

Rwanda                vs            Kenya

Football

Kenya                   vs           Uganda

Basketball

Tanzania              vs            Uganda

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