Tanzania was represented by athletes from two sports disciplines, basketball and athletics and returned home on Sunday.
Basketball players that represented the country are Josephat Sanka, Charles Majombo, Daud Maiga and Ally Faraj Abdallah and were headed by coach, Phineas Kahabi.
Athletes are Regina Mpigachai, Amos Charles, Gaudencia Manenona and Esther Martine and were headed by coach, Mwinga Mwanjala.
Sheha Mohamed Ali that led the squad in the games issued the statement after the squad had returned back.
He said many nations, which took part in the games, prepared well for the event unlike Tanzania’s athletes, who had shoddy preparations.
“We have many promising young athletes but the main problem is that we don’t prepare well, nearly all teams at the event were well prepared unlike us who had either shoddy or no preparations at all “he said.
He said the basketball team started on a promising note but lost it when they faced Egypt.
“There is no short cut to success, our athletes come home empty handed because they did not prepare well, I think it is time we prepare our athletes before sending them to international events,“ he said.
Mwinga echoed Ali’s sentiments, saying local athletes did not prepare well for the event,
She pointed out she will talk to athletics legend, Filbert Bayi, who is also Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) secretary general, to organize long term camping for the young athletes .
She said the camp will keep the athletes fit and ready for any international event.
“Nearly all the athletes in the team which I coached are students at Filbert Bayi School, they were given scholarships after impressing in athletics events, but I think we must give them more emphasis now, they need to train hard , I will talk to Bayi to see how we can run a long term plan,” she said.
The ANOCA Zone V Youth Games took place in Huye District and involved 10 countries, namely Sudan, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, France, Somalia and Rwanda.
After the five-day competitions in Huye, all of the athletes and officials went to Kigali to join Rwandans in the ‘Walk to Remember’ on April 7 at Amahoro Stadium where the country marked 25 years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Team Kenya finished top of the table in the games in Huye, collecting a total of nine medals. They won four gold, as many silver and one bronze medal as the four-day event concluded on Friday.