13 January 2018
By Ellina Mhlanga
Mujuru Speaks On Future Plans
By Ellina Mhlanga
Newly — NEWLY-elected Basketball Union of Zimbabwe president Joe Mujuru has set his eyes on taking the development of the sport to all the country's 10 provinces to ensure they have vibrant structures. Mujuru takes over from Addison Chiware, who has been at the helm of BUZ for the past decade after winning Saturday's elections held in Kwekwe.
Under Chiware BUZ has largely remained stagnant with very little to shout about and now attention will be on Mujuru to steer the ship to new heights. Prior to becoming president he was the secretary-general for the last four years. Mujuru accumulated 11 votes to beat veteran administrator and Cameo Sigauke director Roderick Takawira, who was also vying to lead the basketball mother body and got one vote.
Mujuru said although provinces such as Harare and Bulawayo have active structures, BUZ needs to take it to the next level by ensuring all provinces are operating at the same level.
"Our business as BUZ is to see to it that we have strong national teams in place. Development has got to spread, I know Harare is doing a good job, Bulawayo is doing a good job, Midlands and Manicaland are doing a good job. We need to now spread those development programmes seriously, as serious as they are in Harare and Bulawayo, to be that serious in Matabeleland North and Mashonaland East, that's as far as development is concerned.
Nigeria: D' Tigers to Open Camp With Home-Based Players for 2019 World Cup Qualifiers
By Alex Monye
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has said that plans are in progress to ensure the male basketball team gets the best assistance to qualify for the 2019 World cup.
D Tigers who will begin their quest for the world cup ticket next year February, according to the NBFF will open camp with domestic players early enough before their foreign counterparts join the team.
NBBF stated that the board would also roll out plans on its activities by January to enable sponsors and stakeholders in the dunking game gear up to make sure basketball excel in 2018.
The Federation declared that the national basketball teams coaches have started making arrangements to get the best players to battle for the world cup ticket.
A statement by the body reads: "D Tigers would begin preparations for the world cup ticket early February with domestic players because the foreign based players would be in action for their various clubs at that time. So they will join the team as preparations progresses.
"The NBFF would announce its activities by January. Also plans are on deck to ensure the male and female basketball league get a new look next year."
Nigeria will be contending in group B which consist of Mali, Rwanda and Uganda in the World Cup qualifiers. The games will hold from February 23 to 25.
By Benjamin Ben
TBF Selects 33 for National Team
By Benjamin Ben
THE Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has selected a 33- strong national Basketball squad team from the recently held Taifa Cup competition held at the National Indoor Stadium and ABC courts in Dar es Salaam.
The list of players released by TBF, had most of the best players picked from the national level events. The players are Musa Chacha (Mbeya), Johson Chang'a (Iringa), Alinani Andrew (Dar ), Mohamed Muzamily (Zanzibar), Juma Mbele (Zanzibar), Mohamed Yusuph (Songwe), Yassir Shaib (Zanzibar), Baraka Sadick (Songwe), Erick John (Dar), Saudi Ulanga (Mbeya), Stephano Mshana (Dar) and Charles Dismas (Shinyanga). Others are Salim Mchemba (Tabora), Cornelius Mgaza (Songwe), Quareish Sylvester (Singida), Rashid Yakoub (Dar), Christian Jackson (Arusha), Fadhili Chuma (Mbeya), Amin Mkosa (Songwe), Haji Mbegu (Arusha), Amira Saleh (Zanzibar) and Godfrey Swai (Songwe).
The squad also contains Ally Hamza (Arusha), Juma Kissoky (Mbeya), Mwalim Kheri (Mbeya), Jackson Brown (Dar), Omar Omar (Zanzibar ), Murshid Mudricat (Dar), Isaya Aswile (Mbeya), Abdul Kihango (Arusha), Gwalugano John (Iringa), Malaika Ndosi (Songwe) and Bayu Bayu (Arusha).
Taifa Cup, which was the year-ender basketball event attracted 21 teams from 16 regions of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. At the end Mbeya emerged overall champions over the second Songwe. Dar es Salaam claimed the third place.
In women category which brought together five teams, Dar es Salaam were champions while Mbeya and Zanzibar Urban West from Zanzibar scooped second and third slots respectively. After the competition, Musa Chacha from Mbeya was voted the most valued player while Murshid Mudricat from Dar es Salaam and Baraka Sadick from Songwe were voted best defender and best scorer of the competition accordingly.
- UGANDA :
City Oilers one win away from 5th National Basketball League title
- City Oilers 52-46 KIU Titans | Oilers lead series 3-0
City Oilers could be crowned National Basketball League champions for the fifth time on Friday night.
The four-time league winners scrapped through to a 52-46 win over KIU Titans on Wednesday night to improve to 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Oilers who are desperate to get done with the series started strong with James Okello tormenting KIU’s interior with two quick baskets and the champions went on to win the opening quarter 16-9 as Titans’ offense was at premium.
While Titans played better defensively in the second quarter, offense remained stagnated and bettered the first quarter by just a point despite limiting Oilers to 11 points.
Oilers experience once again came into play in the final quarter as thy managed to hold on to their lead through to the final buzzer.
Jimmy Enabu (13 points) led Oilers, Okello added 10 points and picked 7 rebounds while Landry Ndikumana grabbed 25 rebounds.
Chris Omanye (10 points), Michael Bwanga (9) and Sudi Ulanga (8) paced Titans in a losing effort.
- RWANDA :
Kalwanyi’s Wayland Pioneers rout USAO
- Wayland Baptist University 96-74 University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
The Ugandan center alongside five other Pioneers scored in double figures as No. 21 Wayland recorded their second successive win.
Wayland advanced to 11-3 and 4-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference basketball race while USAO dropped to 12-3 and 3-3.
10 January 2018
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