Tanzania to field four players in Africa Junior Championship

22May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Tanzania to field four players in Africa Junior Championship

THE Tanzania junior tennis team, which is expected to travel to Kenya next week for this year’s Africa Junior Circuit, has been trimmed to four players.

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

Coach Goodluck Mollel that been named as head coach of the team, mentioned the players, who will travel on Saturday to Kenya for the event, as Rashid Ramadhan and Nicholas Mella both from Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC), Naitoti Singo from Rafiki Foundation and Sabiya Juma from Dar es Salaam.

The Africa Junior Circuit is an annual event and it is used for ranking African junior players.

Mollel said the squad has been trimmed because the remaining four are not qualified for the event.

He disclosed if the quartet was to compete at the Kenya tournament, they had to play qualifying games.

Mollel said the problem is that if the four players fail to qualify in Kenya, they would be required to pay accommodation costs and tournament fee to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) through Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) that have organized the tournament.

"The chance to send all players was there and I am told the players from Rafiki Foundation got a sponsor. But the challenge is that four players from the foundation are not qualified for the Africa Junior circuit,” he noted.

“In Kenya they, would have been required to compete in qualifying event, which is expensive, and if they fail to qualify they will be asked to pay the accommodation and tournament fee to ITF through CAT.”

Rafiki Foundation tennis squad’s coach, Charles Laizer, concurred with Mollel on the new tournament.

He said management of Rafiki Foundation agreed that the money presented by sponsors Dekker Bruins Chrysanthemum for the remaining players would be channeled to such other tennis activities as renovation of the training facility.

"It's true not all the five players from Rafiki Foundation will travel to Kenya, we made the changes at the eleventh hour after noting that Ndosi, Aurelia, Emmanuel Minja and Rachel are not qualified for the Africa Junior circuit,” he disclosed.

“The money which we were set for their trip will be channeled to other tennis activities at the foundation,” he added.

He, however, did not disclose the activity, but on Monday he said the foundation, which has more than 20 tennis players and depend on handouts from well-wishers, is geared to host tennis events at the facility.





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