CRDB youth basketball squads shine in Taifa Cup competition

18Nov 2020
Nassir Nchimbi
The Guardian
CRDB youth basketball squads shine in Taifa Cup competition

​​​​​​​DUE to the weather leading to many matches in the 2020 Taifa Cup basketball tournament being postponed and some taking place when there is a calming weather, various matches have continued at Chinangali court in Dodoma.

Female players making CRDB Youth Team pictured after participating in one of the 2020 CRDB Taifa Cup basketball competition’s games, which take place in Dodoma. PHOTO; CORRESPONDENT

The tournament, known as ‘CRDB Taifa Cup’, which is organized by Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), is financially supported by CRDB Bank.

On the continuation of the ‘CRDB Taifa Cup’, on November 15, the women’s category had the CRDB U-19 Team defeating Songwe team 62-49 in a Group C match.

Mbeya Girls’ team then suffered 60-44 loss to CRDB U-19 Team.

In the men’s event, Rukwa pulled yet another win against Katavi to cement their top position in Group A of the ‘CRDB Taifa Cup’ basketball tournament.

The win, according to the Saturday’s latest standing, has put them on top of Group A with four points from two outings, followed by Tabora, Kilimanjaro (with three points apiece), Ilala, Katavi (two points apiece) and tail enders, Shinyanga, with a single point.

The duo of Isaack Mwampashi and Lawi Mwambasi scored 14 points apiece as Baraka Mopelo and Justin Paul added 12 points apiece for Rukwa.

Paul also executed five assists, with Emmanuel Lucha ending with three to add to their individual best records while Mwampashi also grabbed six rebounds.

Morogoro’s men side had a bad day when the squad lost 44-43 to Mtwara in yet another thrilling and closely fought match.

In the women’s category, Arusha girls continued putting their prowess to show after posting a 63-17 drubbing of Singida, while Coast Region outsmarted Mwanza 56-49 at court B.

According to the Saturday’s updated standing, Mbeya are leading men’s Group B with four points, Simiyu are placed second with three points while Coast Region have two points.

Mwanza, Kigoma and Manyara have been placed third, fourth and fifth respectively with a one point each.

Dodoma are leading Group C with four points, followed by Songwe, Tanga, Morogoro (two points each), while CRDB Youth Team and Mtwara have a single point apiece.

Group D’s leaders, Temeke, have collected four points, Iringa come second with three points, Unguja have posted two points while Arusha, Pemba and Singida each have one point.

The women’s Group A leaders, Coast Region, have amassed four points from two outings, Mwanza, Morogoro (two points apiece) while Iringa have one point.

Group C is led by Unguja (three points), followed by CRDB Youth Team (that consists of U-19 players), Mbeya and Tanga, with each collecting two points.

The two-week tournament that will climax on November 21 has been sponsored by CRDB Bank with over 900 women, men and young basketballers from both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar regions taking part.

Apart from cash prizes, the sponsors have set aside about 50 million/- that will finance academic scholarships for best young basketballers to be selected by a technical team.