Moro women cricket squad targets trophy in Regional Tourney 

16Apr 2019
Correpondent
MOROGORO
The Guardian
Moro women cricket squad targets trophy in Regional Tourney 

MOROGORO’s regional junior women cricket team has promised to excel in the Regional Women Championship, which is taking place in Dar es Salaam.

Morogoro women cricket team’s coach, Kibwana Salum (2nd R) and the team’s assistant coach, Nasra Hamza(2nd L), oversee the squad's training sessions, which took place at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) venue last weekend. The drills aimed at preparing the squad for the Regional Women Championship, which is taking place in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: MICHAEL SIKAPUNDWA

The event, organized by Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), has brought together teams from Arusha, Tanga, Morogoro and hosts, Dar es Salaam, with games played at the University of Dar es Salaam and Leaders Club venues.

Morogoro women team’s coach, Kibwana Salum, said during the squad’s training at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)'s cricket venue in the region last weekend, he has improved the side’s batting approach.

"It is difficult for players to record runs, should they not hit the ball properly, they should therefore concentrate on the ball,” he noted.

Morogoro women team has, among others, prolific players Ashura Juma and Emmy Masatu, who steered the squad to a win over Tanga in a recent friendly match.

Salum said his squad’s victory came about thanks to mistakes committed by Tanga in the match.

The coach added the Regional Women Championship, which started last weekend and has been slated to come to an end on April 19, will serve as a platform for the squad’s players, Shufaa Hamza, Fatuma Omary, Peris Zakayo and Tabu Juma, that also turn out for the national women team, to stay in great shape.

The quartet is part of the national side that will feature in the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 Qualifiers Africa, penned for next month in Zimbabwe. 

Emmy promised that Morogoro team will shine in the Dar es Salaam tournament, given the squad has spotted opponents’ weaknesses.

The friendly against Tanga women team, Emmy said, gave Morogoro women team chance to gain skills on how to exploit opponents’ mistakes.

"I promise to share techniques with my fellow players that also feature for the national team, I believe we will master the techniques and bring victory for our team" she disclosed.

Nasra Hamza, Morogoro women team assistant coach, appealed to well-wishers and parents to support players with a view to see to it the latter fulfil their dreams.

She pointed out a good number of female cricket players in the region started playing the sport at primary schools that include Mafiga, SUA and Msamvu.

"Sports offer employment but they needs stable foundation based on better sports facilities, medical care, assurance on transport fare in tournaments,” she added.