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Chacha, Bablia Named Union League MVPs - Aug 4, 2015

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Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) basketball team player Mussa Chacha (SG) and Jasmine Bablia of Don Bosco Lioness won Most Valuable Player awards at the Union Basketball League (UBL) Championship, that climaxed at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. Chacha and Bablia helped their respective teams to the Union league titles. TPDF retained the men's crown during the weeklong tournament, with Don Bosco Lioness doing the same in the women's category. Apart from scooping the MVP, Jasmine also emerged the best scorer, with TPDF's Baraka Sadiki winning the award in men's category. Fredrick Seba of Pazi and Sarah Silivanus of Vijana Queens were named best defenders of the tournament. Zanzibar's JKU were voted the most disciplined team in the tournament that drew fourteen teams from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, which competed in the men and women's categories. TPDF won the event without tasting a single defeat, winning all their games on their way to the title. They wrapped up their campaign with a resounding 89-60 victory over Savio on Saturday. TPDF tallied 14 points followed up closely by Savio who collected 13 points, whilst Pazi settled in third position on 11 points. DB Lioness, meanwhile, maintained their dominancy in the women's game as they also defended their title in style after going unbeaten in the championship. They sealed the glory by thrashing JKU 66-39. DB Lioness finished the campaign with the maximum 10 points followed by Vijana Queens with nine points and JKU settled in third spot after managing 8 points. Nine men's teams and five women's sides honoured this year's event. Men's teams from Mainland were TPDF, JKT, Vijana, Savio, Jogoo and Chui, while the women's sides were Don Bosco Lioness,Vijana Queens, Pazi Queens and Tanzania Prisons. Zanzibar was represented by two teams only Nyuki, Polisi and Stone Town in men's category and JKU in women category. The Union League was jointly organised by the TBF and its Zanzibar counterpart (BAZ) and is held annually on a rotational basis in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. Meanwhile, the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has unveiled that the annual regional basketball tournament popularly known as 'Taifa Cup' which brings together all regions in the country and Kilimanjaro Cup Open basketball championship will be held in November and September, this year, in Dodoma and Arusha regions respectively.
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