Junior tennis players set for Africa Championship

17May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Junior tennis players set for Africa Championship

TANZANIA’s eight junior tennis players will leave for Kenya next week to compete at this year’s Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) U-14 Championship.

Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) junior tennis player, Tumaini Martin, battles it out in a past ITF East Africa tournament in Dar es Salaam.

They include five from Rafiki Foundation of Moshi, two from Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) and Dar es Salaam has contributed one player.

Rafiki Foundation’s head coach, Charles Laizer, mentioned his players, who will make the trip, as Naitoti Singo, Aurelia Mushi, Rachael Swai, Isaka Ndosi and Emmanuel Minja.

The AGC youngsters are Rashid Ramadhan and Nicholas Mera while Dar es Salaam player was not known by the time we went to press.

In an interview held yesterday, Laizer said his players are well prepared for the tournament and he is confident that they will perform well.

He said the players would compete in both single and doubles categories but he stopped short of mentioning the coach who will accompany the team.

He disclosed he has only been informed of the names of players from Rafiki Foundation and AGC, who will make the trip, but Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) officials are better placed to name the coach.

Dennis Makoi, TTA president, had, in a previous interview, confirmed that the country would send junior tennis players to the tournament.

“We will send our players to Kenya for the junior tournament, I do not have more details with me now as I gave club coaches the responsibility to select the players and start preparations,” Makoi noted in a brief response.

He, though, could not be reached on his mobile phone yesterday when we wanted to know the name of the coach who will accompany the team to Kenya and people that have met the team’s participation expenses.

“All of my players are ready mentally and physically for the tournament as they have been training well ahead of the event, am very confident that they will do well,” the coach said.

“It won’t be easy but they are ready for the challenge … the team depart for Kenya on Saturday for the tournament that will start the following day and will return home on June 1.”

Goodluck Mollel, AGC head coach, also said his players are well prepared for the event.

“My players are always ready for any event and this tournament will not be exceptional, I can assure all tennis lovers that AGC is always ready for any event,” he said.

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