Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Mazengo Junior Cricketers Get Sports Kit

MAZENGO junior cricketers were all smiles earlier this week as they received a timely support of T-shirts from members of the Upanga Darts Club (UDC) in Dar es Salaam.

The T-shirts were meant to serve as training gear for the youngsters, who participated in various recreational competitions in a bid to gain exposure and fight for a place in Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) sanctioned tournaments.

UDC secretary general, Bharat Vyas, said the club's support aimed at inspiring the young cricketers into working hard so that they could excel in their current assignments and eventually achieve greater heights in the sport.

The Upanga-based outfit is currently in intensive training to prepare for a series of tournaments also involving other junior sides located in and around the same suburbs. Mazengo patron, Harrinder Singh, appreciated the support from UDC and was optimistic that it will encourage the players to train and work harder in games.

The support further aimed at maintaining strong bond between the parties despite having different sporting interests. Mazengo juniors' attempt to excel in competitive domestic cricket started way back in 2005, when they participated in two competitions dubbed Swaminarayan Cup and Gude Memorial tournament, which were played at Azania Secondary School venue.

The club did not have a quite successful spell in the two events as it encountered stiff opposition from other more competent outfits. Despite failing to flex their muscles in the competitions, Mazengo are proud to have produced two of the most promising cricket talents in Dar es Salaam, The Singh duo of Rishpal and Bobby, who now play for Academy Boys Club in TCA tournaments.

The two players started their career at Mazengo in 2005 before joining Academy Boys after a couple of years of participating in competitions at the Azania Secondary School venue.

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