HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF BASKETBALL IN RWANDA:
1. Before independence
In 1930, Basketball is brought in Rwanda by Catholics Priests (Missionaries), and the
first appearance was in South Province in High Schools.
At that time, basketball is played in schools by young students.
2. After independence (1962)
Basketball still be played in High Schools and new teams were created in Army side
and from some public institutions and Sportive associations has been created to
promote basketball in all provinces in Rwanda, In 1974, Rwanda Basketball
Federation is created and the first national League was organized in 3 years later for
women and men.
Now the Rwanda Basketball Federation (FERWABA) is Member of Rwanda National
Olympic Committee, affiliated to FIBA, Zone AFRIQUE; it works as National nongovernmental
organization recognized by the Rwanda Government.
3. During 1994 Genocide of Tutsi
The tragedy of 1994 touched basketball development: Players, Spectators, Leaders
of teams and federation dead, Infrastructures was destroyed: Courts, gymnasiums in
schools and in all provinces.
4. Period post Genocide of Tutsi
At that time, Basketball restarted and many was created in schools and by different
basketball fans and competitions and some clinics were organized.
5. Who are we?
FERWABA is a national umbrella organization of all basketball clubs and associations.
Whose core business revolves around the following goals
Provision of technical training for the players, coaches and referees.
Organizing local and international competitions.
Creating forums for the exchange of experiences and ideas.
“Effective service for quality basketball in Rwanda”
To provide an enabling environment for skill development, talent nurturing and high
level competition for basketball as a sport in Rwanda.
2. Our Objectives
I. Promote and develop basketball policy in Rwanda,
II. Capacity building of technical and moral qualities of our officials (Coaches &
III. Represent and defend benefits of its members (Clubs, Associations),
IV. Develop basketball program for Youth,
V. Organize and participate in different competitions (National and
3. Core values Commitments
The Federation is committed to serve with courtesy, honesty, integrity and fairness. It
therefore commits itself to:
Treat all its clients concern with confidentiality and urgency
Respond to all correspondence as soon as possible upon receipt
Accountability in all activities
The Federation is committed to serve with courtesy, honesty, integrity and fairness.
The Federation commits itself to:
Treat all its clients concern with confidentiality and urgency.
Respond to all correspondence as soon as possible upon receipt.
Serve with Account in all activities
5. Structure of the federation
Rwanda Basketball Federation is administered and managed through the following
The General Assembly
The Executive Committee.
The General Assembly is the supreme decision making organ of the Federation. Its
membership is nationwide with representation from each Clubs and Association
The Executive Committee is charged with day to day affairs of the federation. Its
members are elected every four years by the General Assembly.
It is composed by:
– 2 Vice Presidents
– Secretary General
– Technical Advisor
– Legal Advisor
The Permanent commissions are appointed by the Executive support the daily
responsibilities of the Executive Committee. Members of the commissions need to
have necessary requisites and experience and are from Clubs or Associations
Members of FERWABA. Now FERWABA has the following Permanent Commissions:
– Technical Commission
– Youth Development Commission
– Women Commission
– Legal Commission
– Medical Commission
– Marketing and Sponsorship Commission
The Permanent staffs are recruited by the Executive committee and are charged to
run daily works in Office of the Federation such as administration and follow up of
Basketball programs and report to the Executive committee. Now, FERWABA has the
following Permanent Staff:
– Technical Manager
– Secretary and Accountant
– National Coach for Men Team
6. Activities of FERWABA
The main federation’s activities are listed as;
National League and Play-offs for Men and Women categories,
National Tournaments, for senior and junior teams in Men and Women
National Team Assignments: Preparation and participation in Zonal and
Youth Basketball Camps organized annually,
Capacity building of technical officials: Referees, Coaches and Medical staff
Street Basketball Challenge, 3 on 3 competitions,
7. Organization of Competitions: National league, Play Offs, national and
A. National League competitions
FERWABA National League is the main competition organized annually and played
into Two categories (Men and Women), with team’s members of the federations and
others from secondary schools and universities:
In organization of the National league, the Federation has some challenges like
financial supports due to lack of sponsors and few teams which participate in both
categories. The Winners in National League usually represent the country in FIBA
AFRIQUE zone and Continental Clubs Championships annually.
B. Play Offs
Owing to the interest and competitive nature of the league,
After the regular League matches, the top four teams in each category qualify for
the play-offs. The play-offs consist of two rounds (Semi finals & Finals).
In the first round teams play best of 3 series while in the second round (Finals) teams
play best of 3 or 5 series to determine the winner.
C. National and International Competitions
The winning team is given an opportunity to represent the country in regional and
continental competitions under the auspices of main supporter Ministry of Sports and
Participation and Position of Rwanda Teams Men & Women in FIBA AFRICA
Competitions are as follow:
– AfroBasket Senior Men: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
– AfroBasket Senior Women: 2009, 2011
– AfroBasket Junior Men: 2010, 2012
– AfroBasket U16 Men: 2015
– AfroBasket U16 Women: 2015
– Zone 5 Clubs Champions: annually since 2007
– All FIBA AFRICA Tournaments of qualification, we participate: AfroBasket U16,
U18, Senior Nation Teams, Champions Cup
Note that for qualifying in the final rounds of Continental competitions, Rwanda
teams play Preliminaries rounds in FIBA AFRIQUE Zone 5 with: Egypt, Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea.
D. Administration state
The Classic league and the playoffs are managed and run by the Rwanda
We have a total of 45 qualified and experienced officials; this includes 3 International
referees, 4 zonal Referees and 38 Table Officials.
The regular league matches are played in Kigali City, Southern and Western
Provinces (Huye and Rusizi) according to based teams in the mentioned area, and
the federation is seeking to cooperate with local governance to create other teams
E. National tournaments
The Federation organizes different National Tournaments annually. These are spread
throughout the country:
Genocide Memorial Tournament
These tournaments involve both senior and junior teams. The tournaments are
managed by the federation.
F. Sportives objectives of FERWABA
– Consistent and innovative organization of National League and National
tournaments for all categories,
– Organize Youth league annually
– Supports and helps Clubs which represent our country in zonal and
– Annual programs of capacity building of technical officials (Coaches,
Referees, Administrators…) in collaboration with FIBA AFRIQUE, Ministry of
Sports and National Olympic Committee of Rwanda,