28 January 2009

TANZANIA : Tanzania may miss tourney

By Suleiman Jongo

Tanzania's participation in Africa Zone-5 basketball tournament, hangs in balance as the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) failed to secure funds to prepare two teams for the tourney.

The ten-day regional tournament that kick off on February 23, in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, will bring together men and women teams from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia and Zanzibar.
BFT secretary general Lawrence Cheyo said in the city yesterday that Tanzania's teams (men and women) were supposed to have started training, but failed to assemble for lack of funds.
The federation had initially drawn a training budget for the two teams of 20 players in each, plus four coaches, but the plan could not take off the ground.
The teams were expected to train for a duration of 6 weeks from mid December, last year.
According to the plan, TBF needed Sh45,406,000 for training purposes plus travel and accommodation expenses while in Kigali.
"We still hope that well wishers and supporters will donate funds to enable us travel to Kigali despite the fact that we are behind the proposed training schedule," said Cheyo.
The training schedule had to see the teams train in a non-residential camps for 14 days at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The teams would then proceeded for residential camp at the same venue for two weeks before heading to Bulyanhulu for another brief training on their way to Kigali by bus.

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