Darts duo savour playing in Kenya

02Dec 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Darts duo savour playing in Kenya

TANZANIAN darts duo, Noah Yesaya and Rashid Hussein, have expressed pride in excelling in this year’s Kenya Open international tournament which took place in Nairobi early this week.

The tournament, organised annually by Kenya Darts Association (KDA), saw participants battle it out in doubles, team and singles events for both men and women.

Yesaya and Hussein, who features for Friends Darts Club, against all odds, qualified for the final of the tournament’s men’s doubles event and lost to their Kenyan opponents.

Yesaya said Kenyan darts players for quite some time have been outstanding against Tanzanians in various competitions but he and his teammate have, this time around, managed to somewhat reverse the trend.

“The level of competitiveness in the tournament has ben extremely high. Kenyan darts players have been beating us indifferent competitions but it has been a quite different story this time around,” Yesaya said.

“They beat us in a recent tournament held in Tanzania but we went to take part in their tournament and got the better of them. They didn’t at all expect we would overcome them at their home venue.”

Friends Darts Club fielded six players to Kenya to play in the two-day tournament and were accompanied by Tanzania Darts Association (TADA) vice chairperson, Redempta Mwebesa.

Yesaya said he was proud of Friends Darts Club leadership’s decision to send he and his teammates to the tournament and requested the latter to continue supporting the outfit’s players in other competitions.

“Our leadership should maintain the same spirit and we promise to continue performing well in the tournaments. We have a club tournament in Dar es Salaam in the next few days and we promise to excel, I’m sure we will win top honours in the event,” he said.

Yesaya said he has learnt a lot from his participation in the Kenya Open tournament and insisted a high level of discipline by Kenyan players impressed him the most.

“Our counterparts are highly disciplined. They also very strict when it comes to adhering to tournament regulations…we followed the regulations to the letter and played our hearts out and eventually finished second in the tournament,” he said.

Mwebesa disclosed she has taken plenty of positives from the Kenya tournament and noted TADA will do all it can to implement the traits in its competitions.

“I have learnt a lot from them. They are, for instance, very strict when it comes to discipline…they duly adhere to tournament regulations and disciplinary action is taken against any player that violates the regulations,” she said.

“They are also very careful in supervising the tournament draw. You will always stand to lose a game if you aren’t careful in the supervision of the draw.”

Mwebesa also said TADA will continue strengthening cooperation with KDA and the rest of the East African countries’ darts governing bodies with a view to improve standard of the game in the area.

“We have been working closely with KDA given we are all in the East African Darts Federation (EADF), we have been playing with them in various competitions organised in Tanzania. I also thank God that Rwanda has recently joined the federation so we will have better cooperation with all East African countries’ darts bodies,” she said.

“The most important thing is, KDA should do all it can to send its annual calendar early on so we can send a big number of players to their events. They sent us the calendar late this time and that is why we fielded few players to the tournament.”

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