Construction of new basketball stadium in Dar in pipeline  

16Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Construction of new basketball stadium in Dar in pipeline  

CONSTRUCTION of a modern basketball venue in Dar es Salaam is expected to start after completion of discussions between the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) and sponsors, the federation’s president, Phares Magesa, has disclosed.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda (R), poses for picture with Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) president, Phares Magesa, when the latter met the former to discuss the progress of construction of a basketball venue in the city. PHOTO: CORESPONDENT

Magesa issued the statement after his meeting with Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda, to present the latter with information on the progress of the implementation of the project.

Magesa said the national basketball governing body thanks Makonda for his cooperation with the body in seeing to it the city owns a modern basketball venue, which will as well host other sports disciplines.

The TBF boss also requested the rest of the regional commissioners in Tanzania, officials and sports stakeholders to take a leaf from Makonda’s book.

The stakeholders, Magesa noted, should moreover emulate efforts by Simiyu Regional Commissioner, Anthony Mtaka, in construction of sports facilities in the country.

Magesa also disclosed the federation thanks President John Magufuli for helping Dodoma access a project for construction of an ultra-modern sports venue.

Acquisition of modern basketball venues has so far been the biggest challenge facing TBF and regional basketball associations in the country.

The regional basketball associations have been organizing tournaments on venues that are in deplorable conditions and that has seriously been affecting efforts to successfully develop the sport at the domestic level. 

President Magufuli had confirmed the construction of an ultra-modern sports venue in Dodoma during an occasion that marked the 53rd Anniversary of the Union between the then Tanganyika and Zanzibar which was held for the first time at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma.

Last year, King Mohamed VI of Morocco visited Tanzania and pledged to build an ultra-modern stadium in Dodoma.

In his visit, dozens of Morocco companies signed agreements with major players of Tanzania private sector, including the newly planned sports venue.

The new stadium is reported to cost between US Dollars 80 and 100m, it will be bigger and better than the current National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

It will also enable the country to be in a better position to bid for hosting major continental and world events such as Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, Africa Nations Champions for home based players (CHAN) finals as well as other top athletics events such as All African Games and World Athletics championships.