Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

21 March 2012

Tanzania: Discipline Earns Tabora Team Basketball Trophy

TEAM discipline is the main factor, which has enabled Tabora Region's Student Centre basketball squad to clinch the regional championship trophy recently.

Their captain, Masanja Mjaba, told the 'Daily News' last Friday, this has greatly boosted the moral of the players. Currently they are busy preparing for this year's tournament and have hopes of retaining the first position.

"Apart from discipline the other factors, which have helped us achieved this feat is getting good supervision from the Centre's Director, who also make sure players are assisted to finding solutions for their everyday problems. There is also the aspect of having a good coach, Kurwa Ramadhan, who taught us various critical aspects of the game," he explained.

The student's team, which comprises of 17 to 25 year-olds made this achievement last September. This was the first time for them to get so far in the sport. The pervious year they had attained third position. During a recent visit to the Student Centre, which is run by the Roman Catholic Central Diocese in Tabora Town, the 'Daily News' met Mjaba, who also coaches their junior team.

He said this is the only place within the region where youngsters between eight and 25 years of age get the opportunity to go to improve their academic ability and obtain supervised extra curriculum activities. With regards to the junior basketball team, which are between eight and eleven year of age, they have encountered a strange problem.

These junior players do not have other players in the region at their level, therefore, lack of opponents for competitions. This year the organisers have taken-on this challenge and have plans to also prepare some kind of championship for this category. This is why the Centre's junior players will be divided into teams for the up-coming competitions. In the case of the senior's there are seven teams within the region, so the level of competition is good and still growing, Mjaba said.

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