TADA Cup 2020 postponed  

24Mar 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TADA Cup 2020 postponed  

​​​​​​​THIS season’s Tanzania Darts (TADA) Cup, which had been slated for March 27-29 in Dar es Salaam, has been called off because of the coronavirus spread in the country.

Upanga Darts Club (UDC) players celebrate with a trophy after the culmination of this season’s Dar es Salaam regional championship, held in the city recently. The UDC lifted the silverware in the competition, which brought together 11 teams. PHOTO; COURTESY OF UPANGA DARTS CLUB

Victor Kimambo, TADA secretary general, said in statement which was released last weekend, the national darts governing body opted to postpone the competition with the aim of adhering to instructions issued by government to curb the spread of the disease.

Dar es Salaam’s KT Chinese Club was expected to host the tournament.

The tournament is one of two annual competitions held by the national darts governing body with a view to raising the standard of the sport at the domestic level.

National Darts Club Championship is as well an annual event organized by TADA at the national level.

The statement issued to all regional darts bodies’ officials pointed out TADA reached the decision in a meeting, involving the national darts governing body’s secretariat, which took place online.

Kimambo disclosed the national darts governing body has opted to take precaution to avoid gatherings particularly at present.

The official added the showdown will take place once the pandemic has been dealt with.

He noted the TADA wishes regional darts associations all the best in the latter’s regional tournaments.

He maintained the regional darts bodies need to take precautions on dealing with the pandemic.

Dar es Salaam darts giants Upanga Darts Club (UDC) had recently made no secret of its intention to stamp its authority in this season’s TADA Cup.

The UDC recently won the top honour in the Dar es Salaam regional championship which took place at KT Chinese Club in Temeke District.

It was the consecutive success for UDC, given the outfit won a regional tournament, which was also hosted by KT Chinese Club early this year.

Eleven outfits, including one from Morogoro, took part in the  regional championship. Hosts  KT Chinese Club entered three teams in the showdown.

The competition had male players featuring in singles, doubles and team events, female players participated in singles and doubles events.

The participating sides were put in Groups A and B with Group A having been made up of Police, Lugalo, K.T Chinese C, K.T Chinese B, Morogoro Tex Club and Ibukoni.

Group B consisted of UDC, Mbezi, Segerea, Ngome and K.T Chinese A.

The competition’s team event had the clubs playing round robin matches, with two sides from either group securing qualification for the semi-finals and later locking horns for a place in the final.

Ibukoni and KT Chinese C finished in top two spots in Group A to sail through to the semi-finals, Group B had UDC and KT Chinese A finished in the top two spots to progress to the last four.

In the first of the semi-final stage clashes, UDC confronted Ibukoni which came second in Group A, the former registered 9-4 victory over the later.

The second semi-final, involving the hosts’ teams K.T Chinese C and K.T Chinese A, ended with K.T Chinese C making short work of their opponents to book a place in the final.

The UDC players put their experience to show in the final, guiding their outfit to 9-6 victory over  K.T Chinese C and lift the trophy.

Ashok Motichand, Nanji Bhudia, Sameer Rashid, Mehboob Khakoo, Azim HajiMohamed, Alikhan Wallani and skipper, Ravi Joshi, made the UDC squad in the regional championship.