National Team Hoops Coach Mutokambali Sacked

Moise Mutokambali ended his six-year stint as Rwanda basketball team head coach this week. Courtesy Photo

Rwanda Basketball Federation (FERWABA) have sacked Moise Mutokambali who has been serving as the head coach of the national basketball teams.

The development was confirmed in a communication sent to media on Wednesday by the FERWABA Secretary General Mutabazi Richard

The sacking of Mutokambali who had spent six years at the helm of the national basketball team followed a string of the national team’s poor performances in both regional and continental competitions.

Last month, Rwanda finished bottom of Group B in window one of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers held in the Malian capital Bamako. Rwanda defeated hosts Mali before losing to Nigeria and neighbours and arch-rivals Uganda.

Mutabazi said in a statement, “After a disappointing performance in 2019 World Cup Qualifiers last month and average results in regional competitions in the last three years, we have come to a conclusion to part company with Mutokambali,”

“Mutokambali did not only fail to give good results, but, also continuously failed to consider in-put of his assistants and advisors. We will soon communicate how the national team will be handled as we take time to look for a suitable new coach,” the statement concluded.

After failure to qualify for the 2015 African Basketball Championship (men’s Afro-basket), the first time in eight years, the rise of Mutokambali, who was once praised as a good example of what a home-grown coach can achieve, started to crumble.

Prior to his appointment as the senior national team’s head coach in 2012, Mutokambali was the U20 national team trainer. He took up the national team’s hot seat from Serbian Veceslav Kavedzija, who had been in charge for the previous five years.




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