TANZANIA Cricket Association (TCA) has outlined its strategies and top priorities towards the development of the sports across the Lake Zone regions.
Speaking to ‘the ‘Sunday News’ yesterday, the TCA cricket development officer in the Lake Zone, John Nyambo said they will work very hard in promoting the sport in the strategies to ensure the sport develops and more teams are formed in primary and secondary schools based in Mwanza.
At the end of this month, he adds, the association will launch Chanzo cricket programme whose tournament will be held at Butimba Teachers Training College (TTC) and the winners will be awarded gold and silver trophies and certificates of participation. He named school teams that confirmed to participate in the inaugural tournament as Butimba, Mkuyuni, Iseni, Azimio, Kitangiri, Mkolani, Igogo, Nyabulogya, Nyegezi and Nyakurunduma.
Other schools are Nyakahoja, Nyasaka, Sahara, Buselele, Isenga and Ilemela. He hoped after playing various region tournaments the young players will be ripe to play in inter regional championship against other teams from Tanga, Dar es Salaam and Morogoro where cricket is also played.
According to him, TCA has planned to stage the junior cricket league in February, which he said will be used to pick best young players who will represent the country in various tournaments.
Nyambo said the Mwanza cricket team is under the head coach Ally Mpeka who begun teaching cricket here since December, last year.
Nyambo called on teachers in both primary and secondary schools to join the campaign by introducing cricket lesson in their schools. Mwanza has already trained 18 referees since 2015 and 14 officials who attended training in Dar es Salaam.
The Mwanza cricket team normally trains daily at Butimba TTC grounds. Nyambo urged the parents to allow their children to engage to learn and play cricket since it is as good as football in keeping the body fit. However, lack of cricket equipment and grounds are major challenges facing the development of the sport in the zone, according to Nyambo.