THE FIBA Africa Zone Five Basketball championship will start at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam today. At least seven countries are taking part in this year's event.
The countries which are in the competition are Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Egypt, Uganda and Somalia. While Kenya, Burundi and Somalia are already in the country, Maluwe said Rwanda and Egypt are scheduled to jet in today and Uganda will be arriving tomorrow morning.
Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Assistant Secretary General, Michael Maluwe said the draws and grouping were set to be made by the Secretaries of the competing nations late.
Maluwe said Dar es Salaam is ready to host the tournament. Last week TBF announced the squad with a blend of new and old guards as both men's and women's teams gears up to represent the country in the tournament that would also see Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Rwanda and Burundi bringing in their teams.
"For the whole of next week we expect the National Indoor Stadium will be a centre of activities and the basketball lovers will have the chance to enjoy the games," he said.
The men's side dubbed as the Tanzanite King list under coach Bahati Mgunda are Point Guards: Ladislaus Ikungura, Gerald Baru, Abdalah Ramadhani (Dulla) and Henry Mwinuka (kidume). Shooting Guards are Sudi Abdulrazak, Sylivian Yunzu (Maige), Mussa Chacha, Frankline Simkoko.
Small Forward: Mohamed Ally (Dibo), Amir Muhidin Saleh, Lusajo Samwel (captain), Anthony Jeikanga and Erick Kahagwa. Post Player/Centre are Gilbert Batungi, Juma Kisoky, Fadhil Abdalah, Mwalimu Kheri and Murshid Mudricat.
Tanzanite Queens Squad has Centre/Post Player: Veronika Kubilu and Penina Igwe. Power Forwad: Jackline Shemeza, Jasmin Mamdali Bablia and Diana Mwaka.
Small Forward: Imelda Hango, Amina Lyamaiga and Veronica Patric. Off guards: Sajda Lymaiga, Zakia Kondo and Husna Alphan. Point Guards: Semeni Abeid, Jokha Suleiman, Rehema Silomba and Lucy Agustino.