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Basketball: Patriots part ways with American coach Dean Murray

2020 Bank of Kigali basketball league champions, Patriots basketball have parted ways with head coach Dean Murray on a mutual agreement, bringing to an end his one-year stint with the team. The American tactician joined Patriots in February, 2020 following the departure of Kenyan Carey Francis Odhiambo and his assistant Liz Mills. During their tenure at the club, the duo guided Patriots to qualify for the Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2020 regular season in December, 2019. Contacted for a comment, Brian Kirungi, the club president, didn’t say much about the departure, but confirmed that Bernard Ben Oluoch, a former assistant to Murray will take up the coaching responsibilities. According to Kirungi, Oluoch will sign a 2-year contract and will be deputized by Burundian Olivier Ndayiragije. In January this year, the club extended contracts of four senior players ahead of the 2020/21 season. The quartet who renewed their contracts Dieudonné Ndizeye – the league MVP of the 2018/19 season, centre Bush Wamukota, forward Steven Hagumintwari and point guard Guibert Nijimbere. They each signed a two-year deal, while Hitayezu, who crossed from local side IPRC Kigali, was offered three years – until the end of the 2022/23 season. Courtesy of their league success, Patriots will represent the country in the 2021 Basketball Africa League (BAL), and Times Sports understands that the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL), will take place in May this year. The tournament’s inaugural season comprises 12 clubs from 12 different African countries. Clubs comprising BAL 2021 include: Ferroviario de Maputo (Mozambique), GNBC (Madagascar), Rivers Hoopers (Nigeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), AS Douanes (Senegal), AS Police (Mali), FAP (Cameroon), Union Sportive Monastir (Tunisia), Association Sportive Sale (Morocco), GSP (Algeria)Patriots Basketball (Rwanda) and Zamalek Basketball (Egypt).


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