Sports Minister Habineza calls for team work

The new Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza has asked all stakeholders in the Rwandan sports to work together in order to achieve greater success.

Habineza made the call after the handover ceremony with former Minister, Protais Mitali at Amahoro Stadium.

He said: “We need to work together as team, we have to work 24 hours in order to achieve our mission and bring pride to our nation, I have seen many changes in this ministry and I want to continue the same way of developing our sports.”

“Let’s show the difference from others, let’s work to bring results, here we are going for results but we will need to prepare first the athletes for the future of Rwanda, there’s a good progress and we will continue from where my colleague (Mitali) has stopped,” Habineza said during a news conference.

He said he was greatly happy to work again in the sports ministry but he needs everyone’s support.

He added “I thank His Excellency President Paul Kagame for re-appointing me in this post that I once headed.”

The former Rwandan ambassador to Nigeria also said he was ready to work hard and promised to full fill all his responsibilities during his term in office.

Habineza who has been serving as Rwanda Ambassador to Nigeria for the last three years jetted in Kigali evening to take up his new job as the Minister of Sports and Culture.

Ubumwe coach Bahigye eyes more glory

After lifting their first league and playoffs trophies, Ubumwe women basketball club are now looking to dominating the local scene in the coming seasons. Only two years since making their league debut, Ubumwe have now dethroned APR, who had dominated the women’s league since 2007.

Ubumwe beat Rwandans Allied for Peace Progress (RAAP) in three games to win the playoffs title over the weekend. Speaking to Times Sports after being crowned the playoffs champions on Sunday, Ubumwe head coach Jacques Bahigye, said: “We are very happy to win this trophy after only two years since the team was formed.”

“I feel very grateful to my players and management for making sure we achieve our targets faster than we anticipated. Nonetheless, we need to focus on building a strong team, which is capable of winning more trophies at home and beyond,” he said.

Ubumwe ran away with the best of five playoffs series finals after winning 64-37 in Game 1, Game 2, 64-58 and 63-39 in Game 3 at Amahoro indoor stadium court. Ghana-born Priscilla Doudou, a US citizen, was Ubumwe’s key players scoring a combined 55 scores in three games, which also earned her call-up to Rwanda women’s national team.

Rayon VC close gap on leaders APR

Rayon Sports volleyball club have closed the gap on leaders APR to within three points after winning their two rescheduled league second round matches.

Rayon secured double 3-0 wins against University of Rwanda’s College of Education (UR-CoE) and Petit Séminaire Virgo Fidelis-Karubanda on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The six points took the Nyanzabased side into second place in the 15-team league table standing with 24 points, three behind APR from nine games.

Inatek are third with 21 points, followed by the Lycée de Nyanza on 20 points, while KVC are in fifth position with 15 points.

Defending champions University of Rwanda’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences are bottom without a single point along with Ngororero and UR-CoE.

Mugwaneza sends Rwanda U-20 girls’ handball team into semis

Aline Umugwaneza scored 10 goals as Rwanda beat South Sudan 39-12 at this year’s U-20 handball Zone V Challenge Trophy and secured a place in the semifinals where they will meet hosts Uganda.

The women team lost to Kenya 20-16 in the first game, a defeat coach Anaclate Bagirishya says was an eye opener to them and are now ready to win the rest of the matches.

Bagirishya is optimistic of breaking the jinx of failing to bring any trophy back home in the three years Rwanda has participated in the regional tournament.

“We are tired of being the 2nd every time we participate,” he said, adding: “We should win it this time round.” Elsewhere, the boys’ team suffered a setback against Uganda 29-22 in the opening game but recovered to win 29-19 against Burundi. They take on Kenya in today’s semi-finals.

Tom Close releases new single

The 2011 Primus Guma Guma Superstar winner Thomas Muyombo best known as Tom Close, has released a new single dubbed Ihogoza, which is already enjoying airplay on local radio stations.

Ihogoza comes out shortly after Tom Close revealed that he had plans of launching two albums in December this year. “Ihogoza is about people who society underestimates because of old age yet they are still strong and capable of working,” said Producer/Manager Clement at Kina Music Label.

The RnB singer had announced his plans of a double album launch later this year. Some of the songs on 5th album include; Ndakubona, Igitabo and Mbabarira Ugaruke among others, while Ibintu Byarahindutse, Byararangiye and Ihogoza will be among the songs on the 6th album.


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