… it’s been a long time I haven’t posted anything. Here I am. First of all giving my greates honours to Samuel Mugisha, the King of the thousand moutains.
Growing up, Samuel dreamed of being a part of the Rwandan national cycling team, Team Rwanda, as he believed it would be a way to help make money for his family. What he discovered was something else entirely. In a country trying to get over the trauma of a genocide, Team Rwanda represents a lot more than sport. It represented hope.
THE NEW TIMES
by Bonnie MUGABE 22. August 2013
Photo: Kenny Gasana was Rwanda’s second top scorer with 22 points as the country coasted to an 80-61 win over debutants Burkina Faso yesterday in Cote d’Ivoire. The New Times/ Net Photo
The Rwandan men’s basketball team got off to a bright start at the 2013 Fiba Afrobasket championships with an 80-61 victory against debutants Burkina Faso in their Group B opening match yesterday at Palaise de Sport Treichvile Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
The first quarter ended with both teams tied 17-17 before the West Africans took the lead 38-32 by half time.
But Moise Mutokambali’s boys recovered to win the third and fourth quarters despite the Burkinabe’s impressive efforts.
Kami Kabangu’s sterling performance ensured the third period ended 54-47 in favour of Rwanda while Kenny Gasana, Pascal Twagirayezu and Hamza Ruhezamihigo all scored crucial points for the winners.
Kabangu was the top scorer for Rwanda with 24 points while Gasana and Cameron netted 22 and 19 points each.
Moussa Quattara and Jean Paul Bayala were Burkina Faso’s top scorers with 10 points each.
The victory will have given Rwanda much needed boost ahead of games against much tougher opponents in their quest for a slot at the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup.
The national team takes on Morocco on Friday. Morocco was due to face 2011 champions and favourites Tunisia last night.
Elsewhere, Senegal, featuring an intimidating pair of former NBA stars, scrapped a 72-70 victory against Group A opponents Egypt.
Ibrahima Mbengue won it for Senegal with a second to go.
Hosts Cote d’Ivoire coasted to a 64-47 victory over Algeria in their first game of round-robin play.
Angola took a 25-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, routing Cape Verde 75-50 while Mozambique beat Central Africa Republic 70-66 in Group C.
The first of three round-robin games of all the four groups was played before the 16-team knockout tournament begins next Monday.
No team will be eliminated in the group stage but seeding will be decided based on win-loss records throughout the rest of the week.
Group A, Tuesday
Ivory Coast 64-47 Algeria
Egypt 70-72 Senegal
Group B, Wednesday
Rwanda 80-61 Burkina Faso
Group C, Tuesday
Angola 75-50 Cape Verde
Central Africa 66-70 Mozambique
Photo: Milutin Sredojevic (source: in2eastafrica.net)
The New Times, 13.02.13
Amavubi Stars head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has turned down offers from several foreign countries, Times Sport can exclusively report.
The Serb, who has a contract with Rwanda’s national team until October, revealed that he has been contacted by over eight teams but turned them down.
“I am not going anywhere, I am here, I have a contract with Rwanda, and I am happy doing my work here,” Micho stated on Tuesday before adding, “I am doing all I can to help the national team to do well, I have not reached where I wanted to be but I believe we are on the right track.”
“I have been approached by many teams, but I am working with Rwanda, and I am committed to my job. I cannot stop other people from approaching me, eight teams have contacted me but I am fully committed to Rwanda.”
However, the former SC Villa and St. George coach did not reveal the identity of all the teams that have approached him but admitted that Kenya and Namibia are two of them.
The Rwandan National Team Amavubi Stars (Photo: ORINFOR)
This comes amid calls from the fans and media for his contract not to be renewed when his current deal runs out in eight months.
He said, “The team has not achieved some of the things we set out to achieve when I signed, but it’s a process, which takes time and I believe we’re heading in the right direction.”
When Micho put pen to paper, his first assignment was to win the Cecafa and qualify Rwanda for either the 2012 or 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals, but has not achieved any.
His focus now is to prepare for next month’s World Cup 2014 Brazil qualifier against Mali in Kigali.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for us but we have to work hard and make sure we are ready to take on Mali, who have just finished third in the 2013 Nations Cup.”
Under Micho, Amavubi have played 22 matches, winning eight, losing eight and drawing seven.
Meanwhile, the former Al Hilal tactician said Nigeria, who eliminated Rwanda to qualify, were worthy winners of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Kigali before the Super Eagles ran out 2-0 winners in the second leg in Abuja. Micho said, “No one recognised the fact that we played and lost to a very strong team.”
Article written by: PETER KAMASA
Adrien Niyonshuti (Team MTN-Qhubeka) won the Rwanda National Road Championships for the third year in a row lasr Sunday. The 25 year old attacked on the finishing circuit to join the early break in the front. The three riders worked well together until Niyonshuti put in a final attack the others couldn’t follow and he soloed to victory.
At the finish he said, “I am happy to win again. It was a goal of mine this season to defend the jersey. It is an honour to be able to wear my national colours for another year.”
Niyonshuti will make history next year and become the first ever Rwandan professional in the European peloton as Team MTN-Qhubeka prepares to register as a UCI Pro Continental team.
“The Rwandan flag is so beautiful and to have Adrien race in Europe and around the world next year in the Rwandan national champions kit will be an extremely proud moment for him and his country,” commented MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder.
Niyonshuti who was a victim of the Rwandan genocide losing six brothers and various other family members overcame the odds to join Team MTN-Qhubeka in 2009. He has thus far mostly been focused on mountain biking and represented his country at the London Olympics but will turn his full attention to the road next year.
“I feel really good to be part of this team. Yes, I will be first Rwandan professional to race in Europe and this is really a dream come true. The big picture is to make the Tour de France line up in a few years time and things are falling into place,” Niyonshuti concluded.
Source: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, velonation.com
The national football team coach Milutin Sredojovic a.k.a Micho has given the Amavubi Stars a dress-down demanding an improvement.
Rwanda held Namibia’s Brave Warriors to a goalless draw in an international friendly on Saturday.
Micho has called on the players to improve their individual game so as to be in good shape ahead of a busy schedule.
“They played good football but I request everyone to pull up their socks and work very hard. They don’t need to go and sit down and think they are untouchables.”
“No one is untouchable, the national team is open to everyone and there are so many players waiting for their chance”
“With four match days of league action before facing Namibia, on November 11, I will be monitoring every player and I expect to see an improvement.”
However, assistant coach Eric Nshimiyimana hailed home based players for their performance against Namibia.
“The overall team display was overwhelming and though we didn’t score, the home talents promise a good future for the national team.”
“We only have to help these players get used to playing international matches so as to gain experience.”
“The defence was intact and the midfield executed their task well but we still have some issues to solve upfront. We failed to convert many chances which could have turned the game in our favour.
“Our focus is to try and help strikers improve.”
Rwanda meet Namibia again on November 11 in Kigali at Stade Amahoro in another international friendly.
Amavubi are using the two matches to stay competitive ahead of the Cecafa Challenge tournament due in Uganda next month as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier – against Mali on March 22, 2013.
Rwanda are in the hunt for a second regional title following their triumph back in 1999 when they hosted the event.
Last year, Rwanda was ejected out in the final against Uganda Cranes on penalty shoot-outs
Source: BONNIE MUGABE, 18 OCTOBER 2012, The New Times, allAfrica.com
Mountain biker Adrien Niyonshuti is the first cyclist from Rwanda to compete in Games
Nobody else but Adrien Niyonshuti was Rwanda’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, yesterday evening, in London.
Adrien is a survivor of the 1994 genocide and a mountain biker with a bright future. At 25 years of age, he is one of the most famous people in Rwanda, and is often regarded as a hero, as he embodies the past and destiny, the drama and the renewal of his country.
“I’m very happy to be bearing the flag but I don’t feel any more special than the other athletes selected for the Games,” he said. Niyonshuti is the only cyclist on the Rwandan Olympic team and is joined by six other athletes who will take part in athletics, swimming and judo.
“Above all, I would like – as a result of these Olympic Games – that people think of my country in terms of sport and cycling in particular, even as simply a great nation,” continued Niyonshuti. “The first thing people think of at the moment is the genocide, but that was 18 years ago. I want people to concentrate on the positive aspects of my country.”
Rwandan cycling symbolizes this renewal particularly well. The national Tour, rated at 2.2 on the UCI calendar for the last four years, is the most popular sporting event in the country – even eclipsing football – and has a unifying effect on the nation. As for the national team, made up mostly of young survivors like Niyonshuti, it has in parallel moved from the regional level to become one of the best in Africa.
Aimable Bayingana, President of the Rwandan Cycling Federation, spoke of the honour bestowed on Niyonshuti as the opening ceremony approaches. “Adrien is like a son, for all of us: he honours those who love cycling and develop the sport here, and he embodies the values of the whole country.
“Adrien will achieve things at these Olympics that most other people cannot dream of.”
“Each time that Adrien is riding, Africa rides with him,” said Bayingana. “The whole continent will be on his side.”
Adrien lost almost his whole family in the genocide, in 1994. He rides to forget: “On the mountain bike,I can show myself really.”
Ten years ago, when Adrien Niyonshuti was fifteen, he entered a single-speed bike race in his hometown of Rwamagana, and won. His trophy was a radio, but his real prize was the discovery of an all-consuming passion for cycling, and five years ago, when the American cyclist Jock Boyer came to Rwanda to train a bike team, Adrien was in the first draft.
You can’t drive to the Gasthaus Spinas, a Swiss alpine lodge that sits about sixty-five hundred feet above sea level in the mountains above St. Moritz. Guests generally arrive by horse-drawn cart, or on foot. When Adrien Niyonshuti moved into the Gasthaus, a few weeks ago, he pedalled there on his mountain bike.
He was on his way to London, and it’s only a slight metaphorical stretch to say that he was making the entire journey by bike.
To qualify as an Olympian, Adrien had to come in fourth place in the African Continental Championship in 2009, and he did, as the first Rwandan ever to be signed on by an international professional cycling team: MTN Qhubeka.
From his base in Switzerland, where he made the Gasthaus Spinas his training camp, Adrien has been racing in recent weeks with the top mountain bikers in the world, and holding his own. One day, between official races, his coach and mentor, Jock, offered to take him on. Adrien tried to laugh him off, but Jock persisted. Years ago, Jock was the first American to ride in the Tour de France, and although he spends more time on a motorbike these days (he recently rode alone from Khartoum to Kigali, by way of Addis Ababa, a trip of more than four thousand kilometres, in nine days) he can still—in his mid-fifties—hammer the pedals with impressive power. But, to be sporting, Adrien gave Jock a ten-minute head start, a substantial advantage in a roughly ninety-minute race. Then Adrien set out after him, and finished five minutes ahead of him.
Nobody expects him to win when he races in London, on August 12th. His triumph is to be there. his Coach and Mentor Jock says: “He’s in a really good place right now,”.
“He is already thinking about fulfilling his next dream: to ride in the Tour of France.”
“He’s here in London thinking about what he represents to the kids of Rwanda—as that figure, that image, that they can see and say, Yeah, if he can do that I do it, too, whatever it is. It’s not about getting a medal, it’s about being that person.”
London finally welcomes the World to the Olympics 2012
…… and Rwanda Sent Its Best Performers….
Athletics or Swimming Events
Dieudonne Disi is a two-time Olympic competitor in the men’s 10000m. He achieved Rwanda’s best Olympic result in both 2004 and 2008, finishing 17th and 19th respectively. He is hoping to compete again in 2012.
Olympic medal history
- Medal total: 0
- Medals per head: 0
- Olympic debut: 1984
- Total Games appearances: 7
Athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the ‘A’ Standard, and 1 at the ‘B’ Standard):
To see their results:
Source: Wikipedia, London Olympics2012
Cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti will spend the next five weeks training for his first appearance in the 2012 London Olympic Games which start next month.
The MTN Qhubeka rider is currently being trained by Thomas Frischknecht, a two-time world cycling champion for Switzerland.
But despite intense training, national Team coach Jonathan Boyer expects the rider to struggle in the unfamiliar short races at the Olympic Games.
“Adrien is used to racing in long distances and particularly hilly terrains, so he is likely to struggle a bit in the short distances at the Olympics. But he is a tough young man with incredible talent, I expect him to challenge,” said the American trainer, a former Tour de France competitor.
The National Olympics Committee has estimated that Rwf214.4m is needed for the preparation and participation in this year’s Olympic Games that run from July 27 to August 12.
Serge Mwambali, the Chef de Mission says Rwf64.8m will be set aside for preparation while Rwf149.6m will be the participation costs for national teams.
Rwanda is expected to send a 50-man contingent consisting of 25 Olympic delegation and a 25 strong man Paralympics team.
The Paralympics commence on August 29 to September 9 in London.
The country will have 11 athletes drawn from athletics, boxing, cycling, judo, swimming and Taekwondo with seven officials while five others officials will be from the Olympic committee.
In Paralympics, sitting volleyball team will be made up of 12 players and two officials, two athletes, accompanied by one official and one athlete in power lifting with one official as well as officials from NPC and Olympic committee to complete a 25-man delegation.
The budget that has been drafted will cater for airfare, uniforms, equipment, allowances, medical and communication costs, insurance, costumes, video footages and national flags.
Mwambali revealed that the local Olympics committee received Olympic grants worth Rwf111m from the International Olympic Solidarity and London Games organizers for pre-games training camp for Olympics and Paralympics teams.
Niyonshuti was the first athlete to qualify for the Games in February last year.
In Athletics, Jean Pierre Mvuyekure ran inside the marathon qualifying ‘B’ standard time to qualify for London Games in March after hitting 02:18:00 laid down by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) in Rome Marathon.
In Paralympics, Hermas Cliff Muvunyi and Theogne Hakizimana are the only qualified athletes in 400m T46 race and power lifting categories to date.
Rwanda has never won an Olympic medal, but athlete Jean de Dieu Nkundabera won a Paralympic bronze medal at the Athens Games in 2004.
Adrien Niyonshuti is this young Rwandan mountain biker who survived genocide and is now one of the top mountain bikers on the South African racing circuit. He recently won his first MTN National in Clarens and at African Continental Champs put his name on the list for Olympic qualification for Rwanda. He rides for Team MTN Qhubeka.
Sources: OSTINE ARINAITWE, The New Times: 19 .06. 12: “Niyonshuti goes for Swiss Preparation”
From 24-27th November 2011, NPC Rwanda organised a unique Sitting Volleyball competition for Sub-Saharan countries. Only the winning team would qualify to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Minister of sport hosted the event which had the support of many national and international sponsors.
This was the first time such competition has been organised in this zone which has been recognised as a significant achievement by World Organisation Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD). Participating countries were:
Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda the host country. All 5 countries played each other in the preliminary phase.
Here are the the results:
Day 1 the 24th November 2011:
Rwanda Vs Uganda | 3-0 (26-24 , 25-19 , 25-21)
Kenya Vs Burundi | 3-2 (22-25 , 25-18 , 25-14 , 10-25 , 20-18)
Day 2 the 25th November 2011:
Burundi Vs DRC- Congo | 3-0 (25-13 , 25-15 , 25-23)
Kenya Vs Uganda | 3-1 (25-22 , 25-20 , 22-25 , 25-13)
Rwanda Vs DRC Congo | 3-0 (25-16 , 25-16 , 25-7)
Burundi Vs Uganda | 3-0 (25-10 , 25-15 , 25-19)
Day 3 the 26th November 2011:
Kenya Vs DRC- Congo | 3-0 (19-25 , 25-5 ,
Rwanda Vs Burundi | 3-0 (25-9 , 25-10 , 25-10)
Uganda Vs DRC Congo
| 3-0 (25-18 , 25-18 , 25-17)
Rwanda Vs Kenya | 3-0 (25-22 , 25-23 ,
Ranking after preliminaries
5. DRC Congo
Semi-Final on 27th November, 2011
Rwanda Vs Burundi | 3-1 (25-16 , 22-25 , 25-15 , 25-18)
Kenya Vs Uganda | 3-0 (25-20 , 25-15 , 25-13)
3rd Place on 27th November, 2011
Uganda Vs Burundi | 3-0 (25-20 , 25-17 , 25-16)
Final 27th November, 2011
Rwanda Vs Kenya | 3-0 (25-12 , 25-15 , 25-13)
Rwanda won this competition without losing any single match during the competition. This victory realised the dream of all Rwandan sitting volleyball players of representing Rwanda in the Paralympic Games.
Among them there is Dominique BIZIMANA, team player and the President of NPC Rwanda since 2003. He participated in Paralympic Games of Athens and Beijing as President of NPC Rwanda, but he was not satisfied! So, he introduced a programme called “Rwanda, Towards London 2012″ that would send a team to participate in the next Paralympics.
Dominique BIZIMANA, awarded ‘Most Allround Player’ of the competition
receiving a Gold Ball from Denis Le Breuilly, WOVD Sports Director
The journey to London started with qualification to USA
Sitting Volleyball World Championship in Oklahoma.
Today, Rwanda is the
first African country in Sub-Saharan zone to represent a sitting volleyball team
in Paralympics. It is also the second team in Africa to qualify for London 2012
Rwandan athletes will join the training camp in St Bury
Edmunds two weeks before Olympic and Paralympic Games.
So far, Rwanda has
already qualified Muvunyi Hermas Cliff in Athletics (400m&800m T46) and now
a 12 member team in Sitting Volleyball.
We are pursuing other qualifications in Powerlifting and Athletics.
Sources: Npcr Rwanda
Glorea Bentil wrote:
Ivory Coast talisman Didier Drogba is to join top football stars Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane in the 8th Annual Match Against Poverty to be held on 14 December, at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece.
“I always wanted to participate in the Match Against Poverty,” Drogba, who was appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in 2007 was quoted as saying in www.undp.org
“This is the first year the English Premier League calendar allows me to be present. I am thrilled to be with Ronaldo, Zidane and many other players to help the people of Haiti and Pakistan, and contribute to the global fight against poverty.”
UNDP will receive half of the match proceeds, which will be used to support the nearly 25 million people affected by the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.
Funds from the 7th Annual Match Against Poverty, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal, in January, were used for a UNDP employment creation programme in Haiti.
Olympiacos Football Club, which hosts the event, will donate its share of proceeds to Argo, the Navy Union for parents of children with special needs, as well as to homeless and disadvantaged communities in Piraeus.
As in previous years, the Goodwill Ambassadors will mobilize their team from across Europe to take on an all-star team from Olympiacos in a friendly match.
Massimo Bussaca, a Swiss referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has been confirmed as referee for the match.