BUJUMBURA July 28th (ABP) – The Aigle Noir sports club from Makamba (southern Burundi) hosted a press conference last Wednesday to officially present its candidate for the upcoming elections to the leadership of the Burundi Basketball Federation (FEBABU). The spokesperson for the Aigle Noir sports club, Mr. Fabrice Manirakiza, announced that this club will be represented by Jean Paul Manirakiza, deputy leader of that basketball team.
He said the club intends to raise the basketball athlete so that the sport revolves around its integral development. He added that the choice of the candidate responded to several specific profile. The candidate makes the right decisions for the development of basketball, loves basketball; he is always present when it comes to basketball. He must be very close to young people and develop discipline in all the provinces of the country.
On his part, Mr Révérien Ndikuriyo, founder of the sports club, noted that the presentation of the candidate for that club was consistent with the grievances that were expressed by basketball supporters who asked that the Aigle Noir sports club get involved to meet the challenges facing the discipline. In that regard, he cited the inappropriate grounds, the lack of balls, and the supervision of the young people which is not effective but also the still weak means which are made available to the clubs which win the trophies.
Mr. Ndikuriyo noted that if their candidate was elected at the head of FEBABU, he should work to facilitate the existence of several basketball clubs across the country, organize a championship that respects a calendar and increase the number of meetings between players so that in 5 years they will have a breeding-ground for young basketball talents in sufficient numbers that could even be transferred to clubs in other countries and therefore develop basketball on all points.
The elections of the new leading committee of FEBABU to replace the one which ends its term are scheduled for August 8.