Mwanza organises junior basketball league

21Jul 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Mwanza organises junior basketball league

MWANZA Regional Basketball Association (MRBA) intends to step up promotion of the sport in the region by organising a junior league later this year.

Deputy Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development Settlement, Angelina Mabula, (back row) pose for picture with Mwanza Regional Basketball Association (MRBA) junior program’s youngsters and other officials during the program’s launch recently

The association’s officialKizito Bahati, said the league will involve teenage range of players from under 14 to 17 years of age who are currently attending the body’s junior development program at Kiloleli on the outskirts of Mwanza city centre.

He said formation of the league will come to fruition after MRBA has seen to it that the youngsters have made significant improvement.

“We will later form a regional combined junior basketball team that will take part in tournament organised by Jakaya Kikwete Youth Park in Dar es Salaam,” he said.

He said MRBA targets to organise the training program in other basketball courts of Ilemela and Nyamagana districts.

The association will, thereafter, organise the program in the rest of the region and the Lake Zone.

Bahati said the association is also expected to conduct training courses for physical education teachers and basketball coaches so the latter can effectively supervise training in their respective schools and teams.

The move, he said, also gears towards formation of schools basketball league in a bid to strengthen promotion of the sport.

He expressed sincere regards to various firms and individuals for putting their weight behind the MRBA program.
He went on to say the program has been encountering a series of hitches including lack of basketball equipment, failure by a section of parents to allow their children to attend training sessions.

The biggest challenge, he noted, is lack of training grounds given most of the areas allocated for construction of venues have been occupied.

The program was officially launched early this week by the Deputy Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Angelina Mabula, serving as the guest of honour.

Bahati requested Mabula to help MRBA access basketball equipment, as well as secure a plot at Kiloleli and use it for promotion of the sport.

He said MRBA has been forced to increase the training sessions’ days to six following the increase in the number of youngsters attending the program.

“We previously had 63 youngsters but the number soared to 150 and we have, therefore, been forced to increase the training sessions’ days. We have also divided the youngsters into two groups,” Bahati said.

“The training sessions had earlier been taking place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and we will now conduct the sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well.”

The program’s launch, which took place at Eagle Basketball Club’s court at Kiloleli, was accompanied by a basketball bonanza involving secondary schools’ students and players from different basketball clubs in the region.

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