Tanzania to field four wheelchair tennis players in ITF tournament

06Feb 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania to field four wheelchair tennis players in ITF tournament

TANZANIA is set to field four wheelchair tennis players in International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures Championship which will be hosted by Kenya next week.

National wheelchair tennis team’s players pose for picture with their coach, Riziki Salum, before a recent training session at the Kijitonyama tennis courts to prepare for an international competition.

Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) chairman Dennis Makoi mentioned the players as Novatus Temba, Juma Hamis, Lucky Shirima and Neema Selemani.

He said Temba will depart for Kenya on Saturday while the rest will follow him on Thursday.

Makoi said Temba will attend a wheelchair tennis coaching workshop, noting the workshop is good and important as the association is preparing him to become a coach.

He said the team will be under coach Salum Mvita.

"Our aim is to have many wheelchair tennis coaches, we want the sport to reach all parts of the country, we want to see to it many juniors are involved in wheelchair tennis,” he said.

“You can see this time the team will travel with Mvita, who has replaced Riziki Salum who had been with the team for many years," he said.

Makoi, who stopped short of disclosing the team’s sponsor, said TTA will make sure that all wheelchair tennis players are well motivated so that they can showcase impressive displays in the event.

Tanzania’s wheelchair tennis team had, in the past, been performing well at many international events but, recently, the squad has been performing below expectation and the Kenya event is expected to mark a glorious return of the team to international platform.

Meanwhile, Makoi said the country will send six players to Kenya for the East Africa U-12 championship that will be held next month at a date to be announced later.