Zanzibar now targets to develop sports

15Sep 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Zanzibar now targets to develop sports

ZANZIBAR Sports Council (ZSC) has said it has, in liaison with th Isles Ministry of Education, formed a technical committee that will come up with a comprehensive five-year project to develop the sector in the isles.

Azam FC midfielder, Mudathir Yahya (R), shoots past KMC FC player when the outfits met in a friendly game, which was played in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO; COURTESY OF AZAM FC

Acting ZSC secretary general Suleiman Pandu Kweleza disclosed this recently, saying they have started with two projects namely Sports 55 and Physical Education in Schools.

He said the Sports 55 is implemented in 55 schools in the Isles while Physical Education is conducted in nine schools.

Kweleza said the two projects are aimed at seing to it various sports disciplines such as football, netball, basketball are developed in primary and secondary schools in rural areas.

“Schools are where you can identify, develop and track the growth of athelets than just in rural communities because under this projects, sports teachers will have tools to do this and, with their established structures,'' he disclosed.

''By the end of five years, the country will have a pool of talents in variety of sports disciplines,'' he noted.

“We want to have many people in sports, we are of the view that the initiative could act as a nursery for talent identification.''

''The aim is to have many sports persons who can, in the future, represent the country at international events,” he said.

He also disclosed that efforts are being made to see that the projects are rolled out in all primary and secondary schools in Zanzibar.

The top ZSC official said he is confident the two projects will produce the desired fruits as regards to talent development, but he called for support from all stakeholders.

“The two are projects we fully believe will help in talent identification in schools across our country, but for it to be achieved there is a need for full support from all stakeholders in the Isles,” he said.

Zanzibar, despite having many financial challenges in sports development, has produced some of the top athletes who are doing well in football and other sporting activities.

The Isles have also been doing well in athletics, given at the just ended National Championships, which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Kusini Unguja emerged third, beating other 25 regions which competed at the event.

Some of the football players identified and developed in Zanzibar and are currently doing well in football in Mainland Tanzania include Awesu Ally, Aggrey Morris, Abalkassim Khamis, Khamis Mcha, Mudathir Yahya and Feisal Salum.