Athumani Siwa began playing Cricket in 2003, when he was just 9 years old. He started playing Cricket in his school and later took admission in Tanzania Cricket Academy. At the age of 13, Athumani was elected as Captain of Tanzania U15 Team. He was re elected as the Vice Captain of U17 Team. Further in 2009, Athumani did represent his team at U19 World Cup Qualifiers. Athumani is currently playing for Veecom Warriors Cricket Club which was founded by Kirit Patel in 2008.
1. Tell us about yourself!
Full Name: Athumani Siwa
Date of Birth: 12/8/1994
Playing Role: All Rounder
Batting Style: Right hand batsman
Bowling Style: Right arm off spinner
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
I began playing cricket in 2003. I got involved with cricket when I was in primary school. For a while we started to play on TCA (Tanzania Cricket Academy). In Dec 2007 for the first time I was elected captain of Tanzania U15 tournament held in Kenya, Nairobi. We performed badly it was our first time we had just began the game!!.
In June 2008 was re elected as vice captain of Tanzania U17 tournament held in Uganda, Kampala we did well although we lost 2 games and finished in 3rd position.
In April 2009 participated in U19 World Cup qualifiers in Lusaka Zambia. At that time head Coach was a former national and international cricket player Rajab Ali. We were fortunate to win 2 games in 7 games played!!
Again in August 2010 we participated in U19 World Cup qualifiers Namibia, Windhoek our coach that time was Kassim Nassoro currently national player. We could not win even a game in our 8 games played, and had to be relegated to division 2.
Since that time i have never played cricket In the National Team due to many elements within the Tanzanian Cricket Association.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Currently am playing for Veecom Warriors Cricket Club. The club was founded in the year 2008 by Kirit Patel he the owner of the club. Before joining Veecom Warriors club, I used to be a member in TCA academy development. Other than that I didn't play for the National team.
4. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
Cricket has become part of my life. In the next 5 years I see myself becoming a professional cricketer. All I want is to focus more to be the best especially setting my realistic goals.
5. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
As a team we came up with idea of coming up with an active Facebook page that we use to update every game we played and give information to other people. We are involved in school coaching of cricket that passing the skills learnt to the younger generation we saw this was the way forward to enable us involve many people. As they say Future of cricket depends on the young one's. It is best if we nurture the young talents and perfect them for the future of cricket.
Recently me and my team mates, we organised mass cricket for all the young future stars. At least we manage to pass what we know to them.
6. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Some of challenges we are facing in Tanzania cricket includes:
Lack of enough qualified coaches
Lack of cricket equipment
Lack of support from the government
Not getting enough motivation from our cricket body
We are not getting enough exposure in terms of more games pitch are in poor conditions
7. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I nominate my team Veecom Warriors because It is the best team in Tanzania.