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Rwanda names men’s team for World Cup qualifier 2019 preps

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The Rwandan national basketball body has named a provisional 18-man squad to start preparations for the 2019 World Cup qualifiers slated to start on February 23 in Bamako, Mali.

Rwanda is placed in Group B alongside former African champions Nigeria, host Mali and neighbors Uganda.

The provisional team is made up of players mostly from 2018 national league table leaders REG and Patriots basketball clubs, while APR has three, while one player from UGB Deo Amani making the list.

Meanwhile, Rwanda will face Mali in the opening game before taking on Nigeria and will conclude with Uganda in group stages.

The African Qualifiers consist of 12 tournaments played across six windows. The First Round sees four groups of four teams each. Teams face one another over the course of two legs.

Teams from Groups A and C play during the first window (November 20-28, 2017), while Groups B and D sides take to the court during the second window (February 19-27, 2018). All 16 teams across the four groups are in action during the third window (June 25-July 3, 2018).

The top three teams from each group advance to the Second Round, where the 12 qualified teams are divided in two groups (E and F) of 6 teams each.

The first legs of the Second-Round tournament take place during the fourth window (September 10-18, 2018), with the return legs to follow during the fifth window (November 26-December 4, 2018) and the sixth window (February 20-28, 2019).

The top two teams from groups E and F and the best third-ranked team will secure their tickets for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. The first-ever 32-team edition of FIBA’s flagship competition will take place from August 31-September 15, 2019, in China.

Rwandan full provisional squad

Mugabe Aristide Patriots Bc

Ali Kubwimana kazingufu REG bbc

Sedar Sagamba Patriots bc

Parfait Ishimwe Apr bbc

Walter Nkurunziza Reg bbc

Dieudone Ndizeye Patriots bc

Steven Hagumintwari Patriots bc

Bruno Nyamasa IPRC – Kigali bbc

Eric Munyaneza Apr bbc

Pascal Niyonkuru Espoir bbc

Ali Ruzigande Apr bbc

Bienvenu Niyonsaba IPRC– South bbc

Olivier Shyaka Espoir bbc

Jean Paul Ndoli IPRC – Kigali bbc

Kaje Elie REG bbc

Kami kabange milambwe reg bbc

Deo Amani ugb

Herve Icyishatse REG bbc

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