Tanzania: East African Tournament
From 8th to 11th Dec 2007 Cricket Kenya hosted the U15 boys and women’s open tournament in Nairobi, under the umbrella of Africa Cricket Association (ACA). The Tanzanian U15 boys team under the Development coach Riziki Kiseto, performed well, in spite of losing all their games. The big physical builds of the Ugandan, Kenyan and Rwandese U15 players over shadowed the tiny Tanzanian players forcing them to play their games in a shell.
It was indeed a good experience for all the East African youths that participated in this tournament who also got the opportunity to make new friends from the neighbouring countries through the game of cricket at a tender age.
The Tanzanian women’s team under the Development coach Hamisi Abadalla, became runners up in the women’s category comprising of teams from Uganda, Tanzania and the host Kenya. Tanzania women’s team failed to defend its championship title for the seventh consecutive year. This was the first time after six years that the Ugandan side managed to win over the Tanzania.
Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo