Tanzanian basketball giants Mbeya Flames have heaped praise on Bravehearts men and ladies’ basketball teams, describing the G.Y Imports & Exports sponsored teams as formidable basketball teams.
The praise has come from an official of Mbeya Flames Basketball Club Humphrey Mwakatundu, whose side hosted the Malawian teams to a day-long international tournament in Mbeya recently.
During the opening game of the tournament, lady Bravehearts narrowly lost 49-45 against Mbeya Flames Queens before taking revenge in the second leg, which the Malawian side won by 56 to 48 baskets.
The men side won 77-57 against Crescent during their first assignment before slumping to a 63-59 defeat against Mbeya Flames men, who are national champions for Tanzania’s Taifa Cup. The games were played at Mbeya Catholic Youth Centre.
Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times after hosting the Malawian teams, Mwakatundu, who is also Chief Coordinator for the Regional B-ball Kitaa of Tanzania hailed the Malawian teams as strong and well organised teams.
“We are the champions of Tanzania and we did not expect teams from Malawi to display the kind of basketball that was displayed by both Bravehearts men and ladies. Both teams were very organised and we are looking forward to establishing a long-lasting relationship with Bravehearts.
“We have already started making arrangements for our team to visit Malawi in March next year and we want to have at least two friendlies every year,” said Mwakatundu.
Chairman for Bravehearts Griffin Kalua, who is also managing director for G.Y Imports & Exports, the company that sponsors the two teams, described the Tanzanian tour as historical.
“We have played Tanzania teams before but this time round we were up against a top side, which won a national cup last year. I did not expect our boys to perform the way they did. We lost just by a four-goal margin against the cup holders and defeated the other team (Crescent), which is also a good side.
“We are ready to host Mbeya Flames next year and will probably give other local teams a chance to play against the Tanzanians,” said Kalua.