The tournament to be played in Bamako, Mali from August 24 to September 2, 2018 has attracted 10 countries including Rwanda who finished who book a ticket to compete at the event having finished the best at the regional Zone V qualifiers last month in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Besides Mali who are participating as the host country, Tunisia and Algeria will be representing Africa Zone I, Guinea and Senegal will represent Zone II, DR Congo is set to represent Zone IV, Rwanda Zone V, Angola Zone VI, while Madagascar will represent Zone VII.
Rwanda made it a point to return to the continental showpiece in June and indeed a five-game unbeaten run in the Tanzanian capital saw them achieve their target.
Against their archrivals Uganda, Rwanda dominated the game and led 29-17 at the half time mark and indeed the 76-61 score line does not tell the entire story. Rwanda looked very much in control.
Kazeneza’s 18 points sealed it for Rwanda as table leaders into the semifinals where they took on the hosts. A 64-24 victory saw them book a place in the final against Uganda who they made light work of 84-50.
This will be Rwanda’s second consecutive qualification to this stage, a feat that the East African nation wants to maintain in the future.
Rwanda finished an incredible fifth two years in front of a supportive home crowd and will be looking to better this performance when they join a host of 11 other teams from across the continent at the biennial competition that will take place from August from August 24 to September 2. in Bamako, Mali.