Lugalo Club scoops national darts title

01Aug 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Lugalo Club scoops national darts title

DAR ES SALAAM-based Lugalo Darts Club opened all barrels ablaze to emerge victorious in this year’s edition of TADA Cup open team event that ended in Bukoba on Saturday.

The club’s intention to rise to prominence in the sport has been made clear during the tournament following an exhilarating performance of its players.

Tanzania Darts Association (TADA) has organised the tournament, which is held annually, in an effort to strengthen promotion of the sport.

Lugalo Club, in the process, managed to dethrone the event’s defending champions Morogoro, who failed make it past the round-robin stage.

Mwanza, one of the feared domestic darts giants that have made their way back to TADA competitions after a two-year absence, took the second position in the team games.

TADA vice chairperson, Redempta Mwebesa, said singles and doubles events started yesterday morning and were expected to end later the same day.

She said the association was forced to depend on the tournament’s entry fees to see to it that the event is organised successfully as efforts to secure sponsorship had ended in vain.

TADA chairman, Wenston Asisya, said several regions have failed to participate in the tournament because of, among others, lack of funds to meet participation cost.

“The tournament has attracted 80 players and that is less than the expected number of players. We had expected about 200 players from eleven regions to participate in the event,” Asisya said.

He said TADA approached several companies to seek financial support for the event but the firms disclosed they will not be able to back the event as they are lately joining forces with the government to finance construction of desks for schools across the country.

Asisya said the level of competitiveness in the team games of the TADA Cup was high and the same was expected in the singles and doubles events.

“Competitiveness in the team games was truly high…the event’s defending champions, Morogoro, for instance failed to clear the round robin stage’s hurdle,” he said.

“Participating teams’ performance varies from time to time. They might, at times, showcase tremendous improvement in one event, and then fail to live up to expectation in another event.”