The former Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Vice-President Phares Magesa is among four candidates for the Zone V Basketball presidency in the forthcoming FIBA Africa and Zone V Congress in Madagascar.
Magesa, who is currently employed by Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) as Director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), will contest the Zone V top post at the Zone V meeting in Antananarivo on July 29.
Other candidates for the post are the outgoing president from Kenya, Engineer Morris Aluanga, former Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Chairman Agina Wesonga Agina, who is also FIBA -Africa commissioner, and Hishem al Hariri of Egypt.
The Zone V meeting, which will discuss the game’s development and problems, will be held on July 29, preceding a two-day FIBA Africa meeting set for July 30 -31.
Tanzania will be represented at the two meetings by TBF President, Engineer John Bandie, and Zonga who are expected to jet off to the Indian Ocean Island early next week.
Meanwhile, South Sudan is among eight countries that have confirmed participation in the forthcoming FIBA Zone 5 basketball championship scheduled for August 25-31 in Mombasa, Kenya.
According to the event host Coast Basketball Association (CBA), the regional event involving 23 men’s and women’s teams will be held at Aga Khan Academy and Kenya Ports Authority’s Makande gymnasium.
Hosts Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar, and Tanzania will be represented by four teams — two each in both the men and women’s categories — while Burundi will have two men’s and one women’s teams.
Southern Sudan and Rwanda will each have two teams (men and women). Burundi’s Urunani BBC are the defending champions in the men’s category while Eagle Wings are holders of the women’s title.