Buffalo’s Ashura Abdullah and Leila Abubakar were the most brilliant stars in the Kabaddi tournament staged on Saturday at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Dar es Salaam.
The two brave ladies were named the best players of the whole tournament in ladies discipline.
The men’s category saw Masoud Tindwa and Juma Sultan, both from Kaole team, taking the best players’ awards.
Four teams excelled in this year’s tournament.
The schools’ category winners are Mlaleni Secondary School who won the girls’ title while Buffalo claimed the overall runner up title.
Kingani Secondary School won the boys’ category while Kaole took the runner up prize.
For the senior teams, the winners were the Buffalo Girls and Kaole Boys’ teams.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports Saidi Yakubu graced the event and awarded the winners trophies and 60,000/- cash prizes.
The event was organised by Tanzania Kabaddi in collaboration with the India High Commission and it was aimed to give players a platform to showcase their talents with the main goal being to commemorate Kabaddi day.
The Indian High Commissioner, who is also the Tanzania Kabaddi’s Patron, Adash Sharma also attended the event and also awarded the best performers.
On his part, Permanent Secretary Saidi Yakubu vowed to continue collaborating with the High Commission of India in promoting the Kabaddi game.
He added the government is responsible for teams’ coordination when going to participate in the World level competitions.
Yakubu said as for now they cooperate with the Indian Commission in selecting the best coaches for the National Kabaddi team to ahead of the World level tournaments.
The team’s Chairman Abdallah Nyoni has expressed gratitude to the Indian Commission for being part of the commemoration as well as other sports stakeholders who witnessed the tournament.
One of those who were awarded,Masoud Tindwa from the Kaole was delighted to be named the best winner of yesterday’s competition.
He advised parents to give opportunities to their children who are competent in various sports games.
Tindwa said that women should be considered by making them more involved so that they become professionals.
While addressing on this, he has also called on various sports stakeholders to sponsor the game as they have limited resources.
On March 24th every year, is a significant day for the Kabaddi family is highlights their favourite game.