Our trip to East Africa Cup started on Tuesday, 26th June 2012 via Bus. We had fewer than 16 boy’s category to represent TYSA in EAC 2012.These includes one team leader, a coach and 11 players.It took us a whole day travelling but we arrived safely in Tanzania-Moshi. On reaching their we embarked on the scheduled program that we were provided with. On the 1st day we started morning we had seminars for team leaders, coaches and players. The seminars were starting at 8:00am-9:00am in the morning before we go to the fields to play. In the seminars we had various topics which were being taught. This includes:
This seminar was compulsory to every participant in East Africa Cup to attend. Therefore all of players and team leaders attended the seminars in any of the above topics. For each topic there was certificate being awarded at the end of the seminar. TYSA received their certificates according to the topics covered there. For example George Waweru who attended Conflict Resolution course says that, “I got skills on how to solve problems during conflict situation in our community and in the field.’’
After we had finished seminars in every morning, we were taken to various fields to play. For TYSA under 16 boys we played in Memorial ground. TYSA played against Migadini in the first match whereby we drew 2-2 and then later played with Chrisc Tanga which thrashed TYSA 2-1.In the following day we played against Edgar from Uganda which hammered us 3 goals nil (3-0) but they were very energetic and beyond our age bracket of the tournament.Therfore in our pool we finished number three(3) whereby we got a chance to play best losers quarters.Inspite of that we did manage to win that match since we were beaten one nil(1-0).
We had to pay half of the fare to Moshi and also buy food during travelling since the East Africa Cup did not cater for our transport and meals as they did last year. Also we got some of property being stolen (Team leader phone stolen on the bed while taking shower) since the dorms were not bunged. The players also faced a challenge whereby their opponents were too big for them which made shy off and we had few 11 players only which become difficult for us to substitute player when injured. We find that when a player gets injury and comes out the team remains less. Lastly; we didn’t send our team leader early so that he/she can prepare way for us simply because when we reached their we found ourselves stuck nobody to assist us and all of us were tired.
We recommend that we need to plan early and prepare the right teams that will represent TYSA in EAC 2013.Aslo we should include the girls team to participate since the girls are doing great in EAC and they are secure after some improvement being made in the security department and venue. In addition to that all players should assemble together 2 days early before departure to EAC.The players should process needed travelling documents prior before the travelling date. In conjunction to that taking less players costs the team for fear that major injuries that might arise to the players and cannot play again.
To conclude, the players learned a lot not only in the seminars but also in the field and from other children who came from different countries. It was really learning and playing exposure for them whereby they interacted freely with others and make friendship abroad.
In general the EAC 2012 was very good organized compared to the last years. The venue was much secured to everyone. We enjoy the provisions and weather condition which was cool and warm. We hope next time will better than this.
This report was compiled by Lucas, the team leader
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