Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

20 August 2014

Rwanda: Climb Every Mountain - Scaling Kilimanjaro for the Good of Rwandan Cricket

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Cricket has grown rapidly in Rwanda over the last few years, despite the country having very limited facilities. Construction on a dedicated cricket stadium is due to begin in October after years of fundraising. The final step to make the dream a reality is a World Record attempt to play cricket on top of Kilimanjaro.

If you mention the words "Africa" and "cricket" to any average cricket fan, they are only likely to be aware of South Africa and Zimbabwe's participation in the sport. Some might remember Kenya from its heyday, but it's unlikely that many will know about cricket in Rwanda.

The sport has been growing rapidly in the country over the last few years and it first started when Charles Haba, now president and one of the founders of the Rwanda Cricket Association, and some of his friends returned from Uganda and Kenya after the Rwandan genocide. With them, they brought a love for cricket. The sport didn't exist in Rwanda yet, but seven men were determined to change all that.

The group had some equipment and a few more pieces donated to them by Asian businessmen. A couple of old bats and old balls...

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