19 January 2012

TANZANIA : Vijana forward off to Canada

By Majuto Omary

The Citizen Reporter
Dar es Salaam. Alphaeus Kisusi of Vijana will be smiling all the way to Canada after winning a glorious chance to play and study at the Newfound Memorial University.The City Bulls forward departed for Toronto yesterday having secured a three-year scholarship after passing a special basketball test.
The clinic was organised by Mambo Basketball and Tanzania Student Achievement Organisation, and conducted by a prominent trainer, Peter Benoite, from the Newfound Memorial University. Kisusi, who has cemented his national team place, eclipsed other competitors during the exercise, which also required one to possess excellent academic results. Mambo head coach Bahati Mgunda expressed his delight for Kisusi’s success and wished him to scale more heights in the energy-draining sport.
“He is such a brilliant and hard working guy. I believe he will fight his way to the most valuable league in the world, NBA. “Tanzania has a lot of gifted players who I think will follow in the footsteps of Kisusi,” he said.
The up-and-coming player won the 2011 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after shining at the National Basketball League.Kisusi was also among the players who attended a series of clinics conducted by Hasheem Thabeet (Houston Rockets player) and Steve Smith (retired NBA star)
Besides, he was among the three boys who went to the US for further training as part of the Tanzania Basketball Federation and Coca-Cola- Sprite clinics. According to Mgunda, the programme will continue this year and more youngsters will get opportunities to study and play in Canada. “
Kisusi is a good example of how basketball can change our youth’s lives, so I call upon all parents and teachers to keep on encouraging them,” he said.Speaking before flying to Canada, Kisusi expressed his gratitude to Mambo Basketball and Newfound Memorial University for making his dream come true.

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