The national ladies golf team, Tanzanite One Stars, left the country on Friday afternoon for Gaborone, Botswana ahead of the 20th All Africa Challenge Trophy scheduled to kick off next Tuesday.
The team comprising of six people amongst three players jetted off aboard Precision Air whereas the Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) Honorary Secretary, Anitha Siwale, said the players are in an upbeat mood ahead of the championship.
She said a Special Seat Member of Parliament, Mary Chitanda, will lead the delegation alongside the TLGU President, Mbonile Burton and herself in the officials list. Siwale named the golfers who will fly Tanzanian flag at the three-day championship as Hawa Wanyenche, Madina Idd and Ayne Magombe.
The trio has been training under veteran professional golfer, Mbwana Juma. "We believe that the coach has been working on final touches of preparations because these players were engaged into training individually for quite a long period now," she said.
"Golf is a sport that needs individual efforts and discipline as far as training is concerned, our players have been doing so for a reasonable period and we bank on them," said Siwale. Coach Juma who led the same team to clinch the East
and Central Africa Challenge trophy early this year, remained optimistic that they will do the same in Botswana.
"We have done enough training and we have strong faith in our abilities and the team is ready to rub shoulders with the continent's elite." "I have been with this team for a long period and I know the individual golfers well and I am optimistic that the team will perform well in Botswana," said Juma.