RBA League attracts 24 clubs          

14Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
RBA League attracts 24 clubs          

TWENTY four clubs have confirmed participation in the 2019 Pepsi RBA League slated for March 16 at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

JKT Basketball Club’s forward, Baraka Sadiki, dribbles past Army Basketball Club (ABC) players in the last year’s RBA League’s match that took place in Dar es Salaam.

According to the event’s organizers, Basketball Dar es Salaam, the men’s category consists of 16 team whereas the women’s category is made up of eight teams.

The men’s category is composed of defending champions, JKT Club, 2018 champions Savio, Vijana ‘City Bulls’, Mabibo Bullet, Jogoo, Pazi, Oilers, ABC, JKT Mgulani, Ukonga Kings, Chui, Kurasini Heat and Segerea.

The women category will comprise DB Lionesses, Vijana Queens, Jeshi Stars, JKT Stars, Ukonga Queens and Oilers Princes.

Last year’s edition of the Pepsi RBA League was won by JKT after edging Savio 80-65 in the final.

Stephano Mshana, who turns out for Vijana ‘City Bulls, disclosed the rest of the outfits in the league are aware of his team's prowess.

"We have prepared to put stellar showing in this year's league and see to it that we win the silverware," Mshana said.

Evarist Mapunda, DB Lionesses’ head coach, said yesterday that his players are in high spirits, raring to begin their title defense campaign impressively.

Mapunda noted the tournament stands to be tough but remained optimistic that it would produce positive results for the title-holders.

He said JKT Stars, like DB Lionesses, have a number of highly skilled players, a situation he said might bring stiff opposition to his girls.

Other clubs, namely Vijana, JKT, ABC, Pazi, Chui and Kurasini Heat, which won promotion to the league this year, are as well training intensively to shape up for the event..

Vijana ‘City Bulls’ head coach, Kabiola Shomali, said yesterday that, unlike in the past, his players now train twice a day.

“We have a number of young players, who need adequate training to contain well-drilled outfits like Savio and JKT,” he said.

“I have to work more on the physical aspect rather than technical aspect, which I have thoroughly worked on prior to the Pepsi RBA League,” the coach said,

Shomali, who has changed the team’s approach from individual showmanship to teamwork, said he was impressed with the way his team plays at the moment.

“After the RBA League, we will focus on the National Basketball League (NBL) to be held in Dar es Salaam, and later the Union Cup whose venue is yet to be disclosed,” the coach disclosed.