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How Rwandese Club Persuaded Geoffrey Soro To Sign

Former Betway Power star Geoffrey Soro has opened up on his move to join Rwanda National Basketball League side 30-plus BB club.

The lanky small forward revealed to this website that “the whole point of going to Rwanda was to get a time off, reflect and get my mojo back.”

He said that the club put up a good offer on table which he couldn’t refuse.

The negotiations happened last year when Soro’s Cobra (South Sudan) besieged Rwanda for the 2020 Basketball Africa League (BAL) Qualifiers.

“It was after the Oilers game at the Kigali Arena when I was approached by 30-plus BB Club manager Francis Suzuki who expressed his interest in my services,” Soro, who had scored 26 points in the 71-108 loss, said.

“Though it was a new team, the money was good for real. I think if (Uganda) clubs pay like in Rwanda, anyway, that’s a discussion for another day.”

He reluctantly added: “The offer was enough and obviously being in dollars.”

Soro stressed that the team has even provided him a fully furnished house and other incentives.

Geoffrey Soro (20) playing for Cobra in BAL Qualifiers. FIBA

On leaving Power, he said:

“I think it was the best time to leave, but it’s a club am always proud to have played for and hopefully one day I will can play for it again.

“Rwanda is a very beautiful country with a good sporting culture. Since the first day I arrived I just fell in love with the place,” he added. “I just felt like I needed a little bit of change in my life. I just wanted a new experience and a new environment.”

Geoffrey Soro (middle) tries to block an opponent. Courtesy

Despite missing the team’s opening game, Soro made an outstanding debut for 30-plus with 22 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals from his 38 minutes on court against United Generations.

He has since tallied 105 points and 73 rebounds for the team before the league was stopped in mid March because of Covid19 pandemic.

“Because of this Covid, I fear that I may not go back to Rwanda,” adds Soro who has not ruled out a possibility of playing for another team in the near future.

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