25 March 2008

TANZANIA : Stage Set for Basketball Tourney

by Suleiman Jongo

Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) secretary general Lawrence Cheyo says 13 teams have so far confirmed to compete in this year's National Basketball League (NBL).
It gets underway at the Mkwawani Stadium in Tanga on Wednesday.
He said there is a possibility for two more teams, Bugando of Mwanza and Mbeya's Prisons, to take part in the competition.
"We are very impressed by the response from the competing teams, and possibly the championship would be a success", said Cheyo.
Women teams that have confirmed participation are JKT, Jeshi, Lady Lioness, Polisi, CWT and Magereza.
Men's teams are JKT, Army Basketball Club (ABC), Savio, Oilers , Vijana (City Bulls), Mzinga and Baptist Basketball Club
Recently-crowned RBA Kili league champions and Super Cup winners Vijana stand as clear favourites to excel in the tourney.
The fixture for the championship will be drawn tomorrow as the teams and referees arrive.
TBF appointed referees are George Kitundu, Said Khamis, Oden Mbaga, Alfred Ngalaliji, John Golita, Gosbert Boniface, Daniel Patrick and Haleluya Kavalambi.
Substitute referees are Prosper Mushi and Francis Chalamila.
Match commissars are Hamidu Halekwa, Jimmy Nkongo and Manaseh Zablon
Savio are defending champions for men as JKT are holders for women teams.

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