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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Dar teenager wins tennis scholarship

25th August 2009

Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club’s teenager Mandi Furaji (8) has won a seven-year lengthy tennis scholarship tenable in London with effect from September.

Furaji joins London-based Avune tennis academy and becomes the first ever Tanzanian girl to secure such an opportunity to develop her career.

The teenager won the scholarship after being assessed and approved by the academy’s talent scouting agents for two weeks she trained at the academy.

Tanzania Tennis Association’s secretary general Inger Njau said the teenager has opened way for other tennis youth players to emulate her breakthrough.

“Furaji has exhibited exceptional talents while in training to the extent of being acepted by the talent scouting tutors in the London academy,” said Njau.

The assistant director for sports from ministry of Information, Culture and Sports, Rachel Masamu, joined a farewell party hosted by TTA to the upcoming tennis star held at the DGC yesterday,

Masamu said this is the right time to make use of the available opportunity for our young players to hit milestone achievement abroad.

She said Furaji might be another Hasheem Thabeet in the making, referring to the first ever Tanzanian NBA export to the United States.

The assistant sports director said it’s time for parents to equip their children with sports gear in an effort to promote sports from grassroots level.

Furaji’s parents dug deep in their pockets to facilitate the teenager before winning the scholarship.

The girl’s father, Juma Rajabu, expressed his sincere appreciation to local tennis coaches who played a crucial role to provide initial tennis lessons to Furaji.

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