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Inter Cities basketball tourney eyes on all Africa

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As the interest for the annually-held inter-cities basketball competition is on the increase, the East and Central Africa basketball Federation intends the inclusion of Cities from across the continent into the competition in the near future, according to its head of marketing and media Engineer Bana Ali.

“With respect to our financial capability, the competition currently maximizes 24 cities, but in the near future we are planning a bigger tournament with the attendance of cities across the continent and we hope to reach such goal after we have confirmed a major sponsorship” Engineer Bana Ali said in a press statement Sunday.

“The intention of our president Mr. Simon Msoffe is to broaden the competition as part of his initiative for the promotion of basketball both in the region and in the whole Africa continent” Engineer Bana Ali added in his statement.

The statement noted that the cities which have so far shown their interest for the next year’s edition of the event have doubled in accordance with the number of cities attracted by the 2013 event hosted in Kampala.

“This year (2013) the competition attracted at least 11 cities across the east and central Africa region, whilst 23 cities from different regions in the continent were already listed for the 2014 edition of the inter-cities basketball tournament” the press statement added.

Those include: Cairo, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Mogadishu, Galkayo, Hargeisa, Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Mbeya, Djibouti, Tanga, Harare, Bujumbura, Kigali, Congo Brazzsaville, Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja, Southren Sudan and Benntieu from South Sudan.

The cities outside the east and central Africa region who are planning to take part in the 16th edition of the tournament are: Cairo (Egypt), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Congo Brazzavile, as the participation of these cities shows that the event is spreading across Africa.

“Two other cities have also shown their interest for the participation of the event, but we have to rethink that, as we cannot reach beyond the limit of 24 cities due to lack of a greater sponsor” Mr. Bana Ali said in his press statement Sunday.

“The inter-cities basketball competition was first launched in 1998 and it was intended to help the promotion of basketball amongst East and Central Africa cities, but as its interest exceeds, the East and Central Africa inter-cities basketball committee intends to put the event before a major audience with the participation of cities across the continent after we have achieved the sponsors we need for enlarging the tournament” the head of marketing and media Engineer Bana Ali indicated in his press statement.

The statement noted that all cities are invited through their respective national federations. “As kind of strengthening the cooperation between the inter-city committee and affiliated federations, the participating cities come through their national federations.—we fully appreciate the cooperative ties between inter-city committee and cities we invite to our events” Engineer Bana Ali noted in his Sunday’s press statement.

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar

Inter City Committee media and marketing commissioner Engineer Bana Ali addresses at a meeting during African youth Olympic Ga

Kismaayodaily On December - 22 - 2013

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