Savio face JKT in RBA League opener

10Feb 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Savio face JKT in RBA League opener

DAR ES SALAAM regional basketball league's defending champions, Savio, are set to start their quest for successful title retention by facing JKT at the National Indoor Stadium in the city on Saturday.

The league's women category, as per the fixture released by Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) technical committee, will see Don Bosco Lionesses confront Vijana Queens in the opening match at the same venue.

The league's opening game in the men's category will pit DB Young Stars against Ukonga Kings.
The men's category will, as well, see Oilers take on Pazi.

BD information officer, Peter Mpangala, said the event's preparations have already been completed.

Teams that will take part in the men's category of the league, as he disclosed, are Vijana ‘City Bulls’, JKT, Savio, ABC, Ukonga Kings, Oilers, Chui, Jogoo, Prisons, DB Young Stars, Mgulani JKT and Magnet.

Mabibo Bullet, Kurasini Heat, Outsiders and Pazi also make the men's category's list.
The women's category has brought together Don Bosco Lionesses, JKT Stars, Jeshi Stars, Vijana Queens, Ukonga Queens, Oilers Princess, Kurasini Divas and Prisons.

Mpangala revealed the league's games will be held as scheduled, with the games taking place on weekends.

Savio's head coach, Evarist Mapunda, said his team's game against JKT stands to be tough given the latter boast of experienced players.

"JKT players are talented and have plenty of knowledge of the RBA League. Their experience, though, won't frustrate our quest for a win," Mapunda said.

He was adamant that his team will win the league for the third consecutive season, thanks to the outfit's players' prowess.

JKT's coach, Frank Kusiga, disclosed the absence of his team's dependable players, who are attending army training in Arusha, will not prevent the team from getting the better of Savio.

Kusiga, who also plays for JKT, mentioned some of the squad's players that will miss out on the league as Musa Chacha and Baraka Sadick.

Kusiga said the team will deploy experienced players including Francis Mlewa, Himidi Choka and Frank Simkoko.

Vijana Queens' coach, Kabiola Shomari, disclosed his team has prepared well for the game against Don Bosco Lionesses, who are the league's defending champions in the women category.

Shomari said he has a great knowledge of DB Lionesses's competence.
"We lost to DB Lionesses in the last year's final, some mistakes we committed contributed to our defeat...we won't repeat the mistakes," he said.

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