TANZANIA : CMTU lose heavily in basketball clash

Don BOSCO lionesses put spirited performance to beat CMTU by 80-48 points in the women category of the Dar es Salaam regional basketball league match played at the National Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

Don Bosco reigned supreme throughout the four quarters as the team’s regulars Nina Mliga, Amina Ahmed, Esther Nelson, Zakia Kondo and Hadija Kalambo combining well to tame the inexperienced CMTU players.

The Don Bosco’s superiority in the game was unrivaled as their five dependable players finished with double digit number of points on the score sheet.

The defeat has crippled CMTU side which is languishing at the bottom of the league while Don Bosco are among the hottest title contenders.

Don Bosco led by 22-14 points at the end of the first quarter though CMTU tried their best to fight back but they still trailed by 38-24 points at the half time mark.

Don Bosco’s all round player Mliga spearheaded most of the onslaughts as she was almost everywhere on the field, blocking and attempting three-pointers upfront.

The winners enjoyed the game for most of the playing duration as Ahmed combined well with Hadija Kalambo and Nelson to score more points for their side to upset CMTU.

CMTU tried their best to respond to Don Bosco’s onslaughts but profligate finish crippled their efforts.

Veteran Greda Peter pressed hard to keep her side back into the game but the tide was too high to meet desired expectations.

With the game well into the last quarter, CMTU’s desire to narrow the margin never waned as Peter and team mates Msalila Said, Jane Kashmir and Rebecca Masatu kept attacking only to be frustrated by tight marking of Don Bosco defenders.

Zakia scored 19 points, Amina had 18 while Esther and Nina finished with 13 and 11 points for Don Bosco as Peter scored 16 points, Msalila and Jane added nine and six points, respectively for CMTU.

In men’s category ABC maintain their impressive run of form to defeat Oilers by 71-61points in an exciting match at the same venue later in the evening.

Stephen Charles had 23 points and team mates Haleluya Kavalambi and Dogoblez Nyambaya scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for ABC while Kady Joseph scored 12 points and Mtwa Mwandemane added 11 for Oilers.

By Japheth Kazenga