Kilimanjaro clubs wins Dar junior tennis tourney

27Nov 2018
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Kilimanjaro clubs wins Dar junior tennis tourney

KILIMANJARO‘s Rafiki Foundation tennis team emerged overall winners of the BQ Company and Pepsi junior and wheelchair tennis open tournament that was held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) over the weekend.

The two-day event attracted players from White Angels School’s team, Rafiki Foundation, International School of Moshi (ISM), Kijitonyama, Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC), Bao Bao Club, Morogoro Gymkhana Club and hosts DGC.

Wheelchair tennis players came from Pugu Secondary School, Jangwani Secondary School and Salvation Army.

Rafiki Foundation’s players, John Godfrey and Victoria Ndosi, were champion and runner-up respectively in U-18 Boys singles and U-18 Girls singles category. The two were also runners-up in the mixed doubles category. The outfit’s player Rashid Ramadhan won the U-14 Boys category.

Other players from the foundation, who performed well in their categories, are Beatrice Kimaro who was the runner-up in the U-14 Girls singles, as well as Aurelia Mushi and Isaka Ndosi who were the winners in U-12 Girls singles and U-12 Boys singles respectively.

Beatrice and Naitoti Molelli were winners of the U-14 Girls doubles, while Emmanuel Lema and Rashid Ramadhan were winners in the same age category for boys, Deborah Lema and Deborah Priscus were runners-up in U-14 Girls doubles.

The foundation’s head coach, Charles Laizer, saluted his players for performing well in the event and said he is working hard to see to it that he produces many top players who can represent the country in many international events.

“I thank the management of Rafiki Foundation for allowing its students to play tennis and I am sure we will produce top players who can represent the country in top international events, I also hail the sponsors BQ Company and Pepsi for giving us this opportunity and I ask them to continue supporting the event,” he said.

In the tournament’s other categories, Jaygay Mutale was the winner in Girls U-6 singles, Maxeda Mutale came second in the category, Luke Ibrahim emerged as champions in U-6 Boys singles, Brian Isaac grabbed the second spot in the category, the U-8 Boys singles ended with Kweli Brown laying his hands on the top honour, Netra Savani took the second spot, the U-10 Girls singles was won by Immaculate, Eunice Ali came second in the category.

In the U-10 Boys singles, Pondo Mzee finished first whilst Ally Hamisi took the second spot, the U-12 Girls doubles saw Habiba Omary and Adili Nikasi end as runners-up, Gabreyella won the U-14 Girls singles whereas James Moses was the runner-up in the U-14 Boys singles.

Immaculate and Eunice emerged as winners of the U-10 Girls doubles, while runners up were Rishima and Lana, the U-10 Boys doubles was won by Jabiry Kessy and Ally Hamisi, Pondo Mzee and Dickson took the second spot.

In the wheelchair tennis event, Novatus Temba won the trophy in the Boys category, beating Juma Hamisi 6-2, 6-4, the event’s Girls’ category was won by Rehema Selemani who beat Fibi Masika 6-2, 6-4.

In the event’s junior category for boys, Ramadhan Juma emerged as the winner after posting 6-1, 6-1 win over Alanus Lugome, Subira Ramadhan emerged as champion in the Girls singles with 6-4, 6-3 win over Monica Boniface.

The winners in both groups were awarded trophies and medals.

One of the event’s organizers, Inger Njau, thanked the sponsors for the event and said she hopes they will continue supporting tennis in the country.

The tournament sponsors Leronco Simon, the assistant to the Managing Director of BQ Contractors, and Avinash Jah, Chief Executive Director of SBC Company, promised their continued support to the development of tennis in the country.

“We are happy that our company is part of this tennis tournament this year, let me assure you that we will continue supporting tennis development in the country, we will meet leaders of wheelchair tennis to see how we can help them in the future, but we are happy to see the good performances here,” Jah said.

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