Four Players Picked for Next Month Africa Youth Championships in Gaborone

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kenya will send four tennis players to the Africa Youth Games next month in Gaborone, Botswana. The players include Kevin Cheruiyot, Ishmael Changawa, Stephanie Mbaya and Judy Nkacha.

Cheruiyot, Mbaya and Nkacha are training at the High Performance Training Center in Pretoria, South Africa for the games while Changawa is at International Tennis Federation (ITF) centre in Morocco.

Cheruiyot, who is the highest ranked player of the four, said the training in South Africa will expose the members of the team to better facilities and coaching ahead of the games. “The training facilities in South Africa are world class and coaching is good and it will help us train better ahead of the games in Botswana,” added Cheruiyot.

The four players took part in the Africa Junior Championship recently on home soil where they posted mixed results with none of them able to reach the quarter-finals.

However, Cheruiyot said that was now in the past and they are now looking forward to the youth games in Botswana. “We have a lot to improve and we cant dwell on the past. We will play better come the youth games in Botswana and hopefully, we can be in the medal bracket,” he added.

Cheruiyot said the competition will be stiff with Kenya expected to face players from Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa in the games. “This countries have very good players and with the training we are undertaking in South Africa, we will be competitive at the games,” he added.

Elsewhere, over 300 players will play in the Kenya Open tennis championship slated for June 15-21.

The tournament traditionally played in March was postponed owing to Africa Junior tennis championship. Real Insurance will once again sponsor thew tournament. Players are expected from Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia , South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Burundi and Rwanda among others.

Source : The Star

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