TANZANIA is keen for a stellar performance in FIBA African Zone V Youth Championship inspired by quality training from former Grizzlies star, Hasheem Thabeet at the JMK Youth Park in the city.
Thabeet who is in the county to support the national Under-18 team’s preparations began conducting the training over the weekend.
The forthcoming regional level tournament that brings together 12 countries in both boys and girls categories is scheduled to start from June 17 to 22 this year at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
According to the President of Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), Phares Magesa the additional drill conducted by Thabeet is part of the preparations to ensure the team is well trained for the event.
He said he was delighted to see Thabeet agree to be among the coaching staff, a situation he said has made the team to train intensively.
“We are impressed with the arrival a player of Thabeet caliber, we are sure his presence will impart the needed skills and techniques to the youth. This is a massive boost to us,” he said.
However, TBF president added the federation still needs support from all sports well-wishers and sponsors.
He said that TFB is looking for about 100m/- to foot smooth preparations of a big tournament that involves teams from Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
Only the winners in each category will qualify for the continental finals that will be staged in Malian capital, Bamako from August 17 to 26, while Mozambique will host he girls’ tournament from scheduled to start from July 29 to August 5 in Maputo. Magesa added: “We are looking about 100mil/- to prepare our national teams; boys and girls.
He said at the camp, the players need accommodation, food, transport, sports gear during matches event and practice, warm up suits, medicines and their allowances.”
“I want to thank Alice Ndunguru, the US- based basketball stakeholder who has contributed about 12mil/- and Thabeet who works closely with the coaching staff to ensure players are well trained for the big competition.
“But corporate sponsors and individuals are all welcome, social media groups like WhatsApp groups, Telegram groups, Facebook groups, Google groups also are welcome,” he said.