FIBA, Zone Five basketball championship which was earlier planned to be staged in Dar es Salaam next month has been pushed to January next year.
Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), Assistant Secretary General, Michael Maluwe said the event earlier scheduled from December 15 to 22 has been rescheduled to next year by the world governing body, FIBA. However, he said, TBF will announce the date after looking into their calendar so that it does not collide with other competitions.
"It will be either early or late January but we will make the date public in advance," said Maluwe. He said despite the re-schedule they are proceeding with preparation of the event which has 12 countries that have confirmed to compete.
He named the teams which have confirmed to participate for the event as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Egypt, Sudan and Southern Sudan.
Maluwe said the national sides completed phase one training camp in Dar es Salaam as hosts remained optimistic for better performance in the forthcoming event. He said a team of four local coaches under the supervision of technical skills from the newly hired US coach Albert Sokaitis trained the basketball players, who form men and women national teams.
Magesa named the local coaches as Everist Mapunda (Pazi), Leonard Kwale (ABC), Agnella Semwaiko (Don Bosco Lioness) and Bahati Mgunda (Vijana).
TBF called in the services of coaches from the US, one of the world's best basketball playing nations, in efforts to turn around Tanzania's basketball fortunes.