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Mchengerwa hails TZ cricket team

Mchengerwa hails TZ cricket team

THE Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports, Mohamed Mchengerwa has commended the national women's cricket team for winning the Kwibuka Cup in Rwanda, a feat that helped skyrocket them in global rankings.

The tournament that involved eight countries saw Tanzania beating all its opponents; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Nigeria, Brazil and Germany.

The Tanzanian ladies played brilliantly to claim this year's Kwibuka Women T-20 Cricket throne after defeating Kenya by 44 runs in the play-off final at OPRC oval in Kigali, Rwanda.

The brave Tanzanian ladies stamped the 100 per cent performance after playing eight games and winning all.

It was the second time Tanzania defeated Kenya in the tournament. Additionally, Minister Mchengerwa also hailed President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her immense contribution to the development of all sports.

He said the steps taken by the government in improving sports by putting in place ambitious strategies under Samia's leadership have brought positive results to the sports and arts sectors in the country.

Mchengerwa added arts and entertainment have been among the sectors witnessing growth and hence play a vital role in the nation's GDP in 2021 leaving many sectors far behind so the government's current goal is to make sports an economy instead of sport as entertainment only.

He said the government is already funding all national teams preparing for global competitions from the beginning of this year.

The Tanzania Cricket Association has also thanked the Ministry for their continuous support of the game of cricket.

“A big thank you to Mohamed Mchengerwa; Minister of Culture, Arts and Sports for his continuous support to the game of cricket and the congratulatory message after the victory of the national women team in Rwanda.”

The association also thanked the Tanzanian High Commissioner to Rwanda Major General Richard Makanzo for the support he gave the team throughout the competition.

“In the same breath, TCA also extends its gratitude to the High Commissioner of Tanzania in Rwanda Honorable Major General Richard Makanzo for his support that was ever-present in Kigali while the girls were competing on the field. We also extend our thanks to the host Rwanda Cricket Association for hosting a wonderful tournament that was followed by the whole world and making it an international spectacle. We were glad and privileged to be part of it.

At TCA, we are humbled by the love that the National Women's team has received throughout the tournament from every Tanzanian and cricket fan in the world. We can only say… Asante sana!! ”

The Tanzania women's cricket team are now ranked 18th in the World T-20 rankings after winning the Kwibuka Women T20 Champions in Rwanda over the weekend.

The brave Ladies have collected 1340 points and 112 ratings in the 12 matches they have played so far. The stats have also placed Tanzania 3rd in Africa and the top in East Africa.

Australia is at the top of the world, followed by England, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

South Africa and Zimbabwe are the countries in the world ranking on top of Tanzania from Africa. Uganda follows behind Tanzania at 19th position globally with 24 matches and Kenya 23rd.

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