22 December 2008

TANZANIA : Basketball team gear up for zonal meet

The National basketball team is expected to start residential training early next month ahead of the Africa zone five championship set for Kigali a month later.

According to the president of the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) President, Richard Kasesela, the camp was delayed due to cash problems. Initially, TBF had planned training sessions to start this month.

TBF has failed to raise the required Sh8,340,000 that would have catered for a six-month training programme as per the body�s calendar.

"We have failed to raise the sum for our planned four phase training programme, so it has been trimmed down to two. However, we are still in need of Sh9.02 to meet the two phase training programme and compete in the championship," said Kasesela.

He said the new revised training session will start in Kahama for two weeks before proceeding to Kigali for the tourney.

Kasesela was not in a position to say what would happen in the event the body fails to raise the stated sum of money to meet training expenditures. Tanzania would field two teams that have been selected out of players who excelled during the Taifa Cup championships that ended last month in Dar es Salaam.

The players forming the teams are: Men: Frank Kusiga, Ashraph Harun, Edward Robert, Paschal Nsana, Abdallah "Dulla" Ramadhan, Francis Mlelwa, Frank Agustino, Sudi A|bdallah Razak, Mohamed Ally Dibo, Oswald Maboko and Amon Semberya.

Others are Kafashe Abdallah, Tarimo George, Juma Kissoky, Mgindi Mkumbo, Amiri Muhidini, Batungi Gilbert, Alphonse Kusekwa, Jije Makani, Hasheem Thabit and Alex George.

Women: Annosiata Anthony, Agnes Simkonda, Jabu Shabani, Grace Peter, Fraja Malaki Evodia Kazinja, Elizabeth Masenyi, Naima Boli, Mary Meshack, Nipaeli Kessy, Amina Ahmed, Neema Emanuel, Monica Aloyce Zakia Kondo, Dajda Ahmed, Dolita Mbunda, Hadija Kalambo Lucy Sangu, Lucy Augustino Other teams expected to compete in the tournament include Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, Zanzibar and hosts Rwanda.

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