Rwanda: Basketball – Friendly matches will help us assess our abilities – Cheikh Sarr
National basketball team head coach Cheikh Sarr described upcoming warm-up matches as an opportunity for his team to compete against the best ahead of the African Men’s Basketball Championship final 2021 (AfroBasket) in Kigali.
The two-week centerpiece runs from August 24 to September 5, at the Kigali Arena.
Sarr has named a 17-man squad that will travel to the Senegalese capital on Friday August 6, ahead of friendlies with Senegal and Guinea August 10-14 at the Dakar Arena.
The Senegalese tactician said the friendlies would be an important opportunity for his team to test their skills against top players from opposing teams, especially those plying their trade in the NBA.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to test our skills. We haven’t had the chance to do it here. We have had a few scrum matches but going to Senegal will give us the opportunity to play against players from the NBA playing at a high level., “He said.
Following the Dakar warm-up matches, the team will return to Kigali on Monday August 16 and face Egypt in two more friendly matches scheduled for August 19 and 21 at the Kigali Arena, as part of their final preparations for the Afrobasket 2021 men’s final.
Rwanda were drawn in Group A with Angola, 11 times African champion, neighbor of Democratic Republic of Congo and Cope Verde.
Sarr’s boys will look to capitalize on their home advantage as he looks to make history with the hosts aiming to beat the rest of the continental silverware, including defending champions Tunisia.
The team in Dakar:
Jean Jacques Wilson Nshobozwabyosenumukiza, Ntore Habimana, Aristide Mugabe, Sedar Sagamba, Steven Hagumintwari, Armel Sangwe, Axel Mpoyo, Arnaud Nkusi, Dieudonné Ndayisaba Ndizeye, Olivier Shyaka, Marius Trésor Ntwari, Elie Kajye, William Manzi and Chinese Gasana.