The East and Central Africa Inter-cities basketball champions Nairobi and Cairo are looking forward to defend their titles in women and men categories respectively, in the 16th edition of the event which throws off at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.
Cairo, who are the men’s category defending champions, are expected to jet in Dar es Salaam today, ready to start their title defence campaign.
The event was initially expected to attract many cities in the region but unfortunately some of the cities despite showing interest of taking part in this year’s event have failed to affirm their participation.
They started training some weeks ago in readiness for their title defense in the five- day event, which is expected to be thrilling and competitive as the previous events.
Msoffe named the cities which have confirmed their participation as Arusha, Mbeya, Tanga and the hosts Dar es Salaam from Tanzania, Nairobi, (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), Qardho (Somalia) and Cairo (Egypt) Meanwhile, it has been known that for the first time Fiba Africa Zone Five will support this year’s Inter -Cities tournament.
According to a top official of the East and Central Africa Basketball Federation (ECAIBC), Fiba Africa will give the tournament recognition and will from now onwards be categorized as a zonal event.
Zone Five president Hesham Elhariri is also expected to fly in Dar es Salaam to witness the event which will be preceded by 3 on 3 tournament, which the zone has made a priority in all its competitions starting this year.