Basketball league draws eight sides in Mwanza City

01Apr 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Basketball league draws eight sides in Mwanza City

THE battle for silverware haul in this year’s Mwanza Basketball Family (MBF) league is expected to gain momentum at the weekend, with participating outfits locking horns for a place in the playoffs.

Action during basketball matches in Mwanza. (File photo)

MBF, which is made up of basketball players and the sport’s other stakeholders residing in the region, has organised the annual tournament as part of efforts to raise standard of the sport in the region.

MBF secretary general, Shomary Almasi, said three outfits will be in action at the weekend, when Bugando Planet are scheduled to take on Butimba Spiders tomorrow and the former will then play Profile on the subsequent day.

The two matches, Almasi said, will mark the end of the second round of the league and the top four teams in the league’s standings will then progress to the playoffs.

Other participating clubs include Eagles Kiloleli, Bugando Heat, Bugando Warriors, Dolphin Pasiansi and Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT).

Bugando Planet, which is so far the most successful basketball outfit in the Lake Zone region, is expected to deploy its experienced players to get the better of its opponents in the forthcoming games and qualify for the playoffs.

Butimba Spiders, who also boasts of a handful of experienced players, have equally been enjoying success in the previous tournaments and the team is expected to offer stiff challenge to Bugando Planet.

Meanwhile, the construction of a new basketball ground that is under the supervision of MBF has been put on hold because of lack of financial support.

Almasi said MBF officials have been working round the clock to secure support from sports stakeholders in the region to complete the construction of the venue, but the former’s efforts have proved ineffectual.

“We have, all along, been using our own funds to boost construction of the venue but we have, at the moment, been forced to put the project on hold because we are strapped for cash,” Almasi said.

MBF had secured a plot at Mirongo ward, located at the city centre, for construction of the basketball venue and the body has mostly been relying on contribution from its members for the project.

MBF has been struggling to realise the construction of the new venue to ensure basketball players in the region can train and take part in various tournaments on regular basis.

The region’s basketball players have, for years, been finding it difficult to access the existing venues regularly, as all of them are owned by either government or private institutions.