Kagame meets Patriots BBC players

On 31 May 2021 at 01:38

President Paul Kagame has today met with BBC Patriots team that represented Rwanda during the inaugural season of Basketball Africa League (BAL).

The team was ranked the fourth at the inaugural season after losing a semi-final game opposing it with Angola’s Petro de Luanda 97-68.

The Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju was also present as Kagame met with Patriots BBC at Village Urugwiro.

Backed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the BAL inaugural season lasted for two weeks from 16th to 30th May 2021 at Kigali Arena bringing together 12 clubs from different African countries.

President Paul Kagame attended the final game along with other prominent figures including NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri.

As the tournament winded up, Zamalek (Egypt) emerged champion after defeating US Monastir (Tunisia) 76-63.

All the 26 games of the tournament were played at the Kigali Arena.

Kagame has congratulated players for their performance, exhibited discipline and professionalism throughout the tournament.

He told them that winning and losing are part of life and urged them to pull lessons from failures.

“I am sure you might be feeling unhappy because you did not lift the trophy but you should be proud that you made others proud as well that is your country, men and women and everyone who was there throughout the time. Your participation was very important not just for Patriots but first of all your fans in the country, and many others and citizens who watched basketball. For those who were not your fans, I am sure they love football and I think they were happy that you participated well and effectively,” he said.

“Secondly, you gave the meaning to our country’s hosting of BAL. That in itself is something you should be proud of. And I am sure what you did not achieve this time around, you must be thinking of and planning to achieve it next time. Winning and losing are part of life. When you lose, don’t waste that loss, because that loss brings to you lessons to learn. If there’s a process that makes you better, that is winning,” added Kagame.