Basketball is the second most popular sport in Tanzania. This is not only reflected in the lifestyle of many youths, but also by the many basketball logos found on local buses. However, due to a lack of courts and clubs, only a small number of children can actively enjoy basketball in Mwanza.
The club basketball which we found here is not comparable with structures known from Europe or America. The basketballers met daily on one of the few concrete courts in the late afternoon. There were no training structures and players usually just played a game after a short warm-up. The courts had several cracks and were also quite rough, so that balls usually did not last long. Since balls are very expensive for the people here, the teams often just had one ball at a time. There were no organized youth structures either.
Despite of these conditions the enthusiasm and solidarity among the players was very inspiring. Also the players in the two youth teams enjoyed every minute on the court, regardless of whether they had shoes or not.