Tanzanians urged to promote basketball     

09Mar 2019
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzanians urged to promote basketball     

UNITED States of America-based Wooter Africa, a firm that promotes basketball in Africa, has urged sports stakeholders in Tanzania to back the sport’s promotion with a view to nurturing talents in the country.

Castor Mduda, the company’s official, issued the call shortly before the start of the Wooter Africa competition in Morogoro this week.

The tournament involves clubs from both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar that have been put into groups A and B.

The event also aims at motivating participating teams to uphold fair play in an effort to showcase their talent, as well as boost social network.

Hamid Suleiman Ahmad, Zanzibar-based basketball competitions’ coordinator, told The Guardian the Wooter Africa competition also took place in the Isles, adding the tournament though attracted fewer sides.

"The tournament was also held in Zanzibar recently but got negative reaction, in fact Tanzania is blessed with many youngsters that have strong passion for basketball but lack support," he said.

Ahmad associated the situation with the way the participating teams fared in the competition in Morogoro, as the squads put impressive showing.

The official disclosed Zanzibar’s Usolo team’s point guard Salum Bakari, for example, for example, scored over 70 points in three matches, and guided his team to 96-47 victory over MUM team.

Bakari’s performances, thus, won him the Most Valuable Player (MVP) prize in the game.

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) team leads Group B of the tournament after edging Morogoro Clippers 59-53.

The SUA squad has five games in hand while Usolo have already played four games, winning two and losing as many.

Usolo had previously lost to Kihonda Elders and the former then succumbed to a loss to MUM team.

In the MUM outfit versus Usolo match the two sides were tied at 50-50 after the fourth quarter and during the overtime Usolo added 11 points while MUM registered 51 points.

Usolo Club's guard Salum Ally disclosed the presence of overage players in the MUM side helped the latter win the match.

He added most of Usolo team’s players were recruited from different secondary schools in Zanzibar, with all players aged below 18.

"On March 17, winners from Group A will take on Group B runners-up in the semi-finals, I call on Morogoro fans to come at MUM court to support the youths," Ahmad said.

He pointed out lack of sponsors has forced the competition’s organizers to present fewer trophies to participating teams which will excel in the event.