Tanzania’s tennis players excel in Africa Junior Championship 

23Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Tanzania’s tennis players excel in Africa Junior Championship 

T tennis players, Kanuti Alagwa and Esther Nankulange, have put impressive showing in the just ended Africa Junior Championship (AJC) which was held in Tunisia.

Arusha-based tennis coach Goodluck Mollel, who accompanied the team to the event, said the duo played five games apiece.

Alagwa, Mollel noted, won three games and lost two whereas Nankulange won two games and lost three.

He said Alagwa took the 18th position in the boys’ category while Nankulange finished 26th in the girls’ category.

Mollel said the competition also attracted top players from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, Madagascar and Togo.

"I am very happy with the performance of my players, they put a spirited performance against giants from Algeria, Morocco and South Africa, the two are doing very well," he said.

He said due to the Tunisia tournament results, he expect improved International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranking due to be released next month.

Meanwhile, the coach said he has been disappointed by the country’s failure to send players to South Africa for the ongoing U-14 Africa Championship.

He alleged that the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) asked the country to send names of six players, to be considered for the tournament, but the country failed due to what was termed as lack of travelling documents.

"We were given the opportunity to send our players to the ongoing U-14 Africa Championship in South Africa, but we failed due to what Tanzania Tennis Association termed as failure to secure travelling documents,” he said.

Efforts to reach Denis Makoi, TTA chairman, for his statement on the matter proved futile.

The official had in previous interview disclosed he did not know anything on the ongoing continental tournament.



Arusha Gymkhana Club's junior tennis player, Tumaini Martin, competes in a past ITF East Africa junior championship in Dar es Salaam.



Kigambo company eager to step up swimming promotion                  pic; centre

By Guardian Reporter

SWIMMING promotion in Tanzania has garnered huge boost, given a firm, known as Kimimba Swimming Promotions (KSP), has been formed at Kigamboni in Dar es Salaam to offer training in the sport and rescuing mission.

Godfrey Kimimba, the company’s owner, disclosed in the city the firm gears towards offering training in all matters pertaining to water bodies.

They include swimming, rescuing mission, water safety, boat riding, as well as diving.

“The firm aims at seeing to it that it boosts swimming promotion in Tanzania by training a big number of swimmers, divers, rescuers and swimming coaches,” he disclosed.

“It focuses on identifying and developing the country’s young swimming talents, developing and setting foundation for the sport in the country at no cost.”

“We, moreover, aim at providing training to special groups such as women and the rest of the community so the latter, particularly those that live along water bodies, can equip themselves with skills that can save their lives.”

“We also gear towards providing more training to groups and individuals aged four to 90 on special arrangements.”

“The firm aims at becoming the best center of excellence in swimming training for clubs, schools, colleges and the entire community for the country’s benefit.”

“Swimming can offer employment opportunities, minimize deaths in water and increase the country’s income.”

He said the firm also aims at offering modern training given that Tanzania has plenty of water sources.

He noted the country is one of countries that will likely be affected by lack of knowledge on water bodies.

Kimimba Swimming Promotions, he disclosed, originates from Tanzania Marine Swimming Club.

The firm, he said, is eyeing individuals and institutions, as opposed to clubs that solely concentrate on members.

“In the long run the club targets to establish swimming academies across Tanzania to extend the opportunity to the majority to save lives and nurture our children’s talents,” he noted.



Dar es Salaam junior swimmers training in Mombasa, Kenya to shape up for a tournament which took place in the city recently. PHOTO: CORESPONDENT


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