Police Handball Club crowned Genocide Memorial Tournament champions
The two-day tournament which was played in Kigali saw ten clubs from Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda racing for the trophy with only Police Handball Club from Rwanda and Evergreen from Uganda reaching the finals.
The first half of the final game ended with police in the lead with 15 to 8 goals. Police’s newly acquired player, Felix Mukunzi emerged the top scorer in all the games with 37 overall goals while the best player of the whole tournament was Gilbert Mutuyimana also from Police.
The cops’ side had to battle APR to reach the finals in a game that saw Police Handball winning with 40 goals against 27.
In Group B, Police had to eliminate University of Rwanda College of Education with 34 goals against 16 and Makerere University with 35 to 19 goals to qualify for semifinals.
Rwanda was represented by six clubs, namely; Police, APR, ES Kigoma, RDF and UR-CE. Others are Uganda Police Force and Makerere University and Ever Green all from Uganda and last year’s run-ups Ngoma of Tanzania. Police Handball club was placed in group C alongside Makerere University and UR-CE.
“We played under tight schedule but we managed to win because we were very committed. I thank the leadership of Rwanda National Police that provided with all the necessary facilities to win this regional tournament,” said Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Antoine Ntabanganyimana.
He added that; “There is a significant attachment to winning this trophy – it is played in hour of our people who died in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.”
The annual event is held in memory of the sportsmen and women who were killed in 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.