Tanzania to field squad in Street Child Cricket World Cup

02May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania to field squad in Street Child Cricket World Cup

TANZANIA is expected to field a team in the first-ever Cricket World Cup for street children, which will be played in London, United Kingdom later this month.

Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Chairman, Taher Kitisa (R), presents kits to Executive Director of non-governmental organization, Kiwohede, Justa Mwaituka, at the Muhimbili Academy in Dar es Salaam early this week. Children from Kiwohede will represent Tanzania in the Street Child Cricket World Cup in London this month. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TCA

The global showpiece for street children will take place ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales.

The team was presented with, among others, 16 jerseys, track suits and caps by the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA).

The cricketers come from non-governmental organizations, Kiwohede and Pamoja Tanzania, as disclosed by Kiwohede Executive Director, Justa Mwaituka.  

Taher Kitisa, TCA Chairman, said it is part of his association’s responsibility to support the street children and the sport in general.

“Street children are part of us, we feel obliged to support their initiatives and dreams so that their voices can be heard through sports”, Kitisa disclosed during a brief presentation ceremony held at Muhimbili Cricket Academy in Dar es Salaam early this week.

He said cricket is not all about segregation, noting it is about unity and love.

“Everyone has the right to play, street children also have the right to do so,” he said.

The team headed to the UK on Tuesday for the event set to start early in May.

The Street Child Cricket World Cup will unite street children from different countries to not only compete, but also raise awareness and tackle widespread stigma and violence they face.

The children, according to the organizers, are also expected to make their voices heard and make recommendations to help improve the lives of street children worldwide.

Zulfikar Rehemtullah, TCA Chief Executive Officer, said the most important thing is for the local boys to participate and get an international exposure.

“We want them to win, but most importantly to have their positive participation and their voices heard,” Rehemtullah noted.