UDC wins Dar darts club championship

15Nov 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
UDC wins Dar darts club championship

DAR ES SALAAM's Upanga Darts Club (UDC) has lifted this year's regional darts club championship top honour in an event, which took place in the city recently.

Upanga Darts Club (UDC) players pictured after the presentation ceremony of this year’s Dar es Salaam regional darts club championship, held in the city recently. UDC emerged as the tournament’s champions. PHOTO; COURTESY OF UDC

The two-day event, which took place at K.T Chinese Club in Temeke, saw 10 clubs compete for supremacy in the age old indoor sport.

The participating clubs were put into two groups. Group A was made up of Bhoiraj Strikers, Police Barracks Club, Lugalo, UDC and hosts, KT Chinese Club.

Magereza, Rana Darts Club, Friends Darts Club, Ibukoni and Upanga Hill Club made Group B.

The clubs took part in singles, doubles and team events, with winners getting cash prize and trophies.

The UDC, made up of experienced players in Mehboob Khakoo, Alikhan Wallani, Sameer Rashid, Azim HajiMohamed, Nanji Bhudia and skipper, Ravi Joshi, held sway in team and doubles events.

The side, which regularly battles it out in almost all club competitions held in the country, notched convincing wins in matches and went all the way to lift the top honour in both events.

The team event, which was played in league format, had each of the participating teams fielding four players.

The teams locked horns in 16 matches, with the first side to win nine matches emerging as the winner.

In the first round of the event, UDC won all of their matches to impressively make it to the last four.

They opened their campaign with 9-7 win over Police Barracks and then went on to command 14-2 rout of Bhoiraj Strikers.

Hosts KT Chinese Club was UDC's next victim, losing 9-7 to the latter. UDC later on deployed all skills at their disposal to record 9-7 victory over Lugalo and progress to the semi-finals.

Magereza were UDC's semi-final opponents, there was however little the former could do to frustrate the latter's pursuit of a place in the final, given UDC cruised to 9-1 victory.

The hugely motivated UDC players showcased their virtuosity in the final, which saw them confront Friends Darts Club, winning 9-5.

In the team event, UDC skipper Joshi won two matches and lost as many, veteran HajiMohamed won three and lost one.

Wallani posted victory in two matches and lost one, as it was the case for Rashid.

In the singles’ event, Adelade Chikomba of Police Barracks emerged as champion, beating teammate, Julius Mhilu, in the final.

The evergreen Bhudia teamed up with Rashid to clinch the doubles event’s title for UDC, beating Friends Darts Club’s Julius and Marvin in the final.

Ravi noted; “I thank God we have emerged as winners. We played as a team all the way…our club’s players gave their all in the games. We are happy for the success.”

“We will keep on training intensively with a view to excelling in the national club championship.”

HajiMohamed, who is also the Dar es Salaam Darts (DADA) chairman, disclosed; “The regional darts club championship is currently played once a year, depending on availability of funds which will foot organization costs.”

“Although the competition had a few outfits taking part in it, it was quite competitive.”

He pointed out most of the players opted out of competing in all events because of financial constraints and that had a bearing in cash prize that was to be presented to the winners.

With the regional darts governing body depending on tournament’s entrance fee to get cash prize for winners, HajiMohamed disclosed, few number of participants in the events forced the body to hand over little cash to the winners.

“I call on well-wishers to support DADA in an effort to see to it the association successfully holds tournaments, sports lovers that are willing to back the association should contact secretary general, Kamdasi Kibago.”

He, moreover, disclosed UDC players are now eager to give their all and get good results in the national darts club championship.

Paramjeet Singh, UDC’s vice-chairman, and Wallani, also disclosed the success turns out to be the most significant achievement the outfit has posted in the sport.

Wallani said; “We have worked hard for many years, winning the tournament, therefore, is a worthy achievement for us.”

He disclosed darts is slowly winning recognition at the domestic level, adding a good number of youths are currently taking part in the sport because of the game’s coverage in social media.

“Winning the regional darts club championship is the biggest achievement for us, we have ultimately clinched the trophy after nine years of competing in several tournaments,” Singh disclosed.

“Our club’s players had trained well for the competition and went on to beat the rest of the participating teams, hard work has indeed paid off.”

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