Tanzanian, Sudanese to clash in ITF final
By Malyo Njedengwa
Tanzanian Shabani Ibrahim has qualified to play in the CAT/ITF under-14 circuit singles final against Sudanese Adam Noureldin at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana club`s centre court today.
Ibrahim played impressively to beat Burundian Ntatangwa Robin in two straight sets of 6-2 6-0 during a semi final match played yesterday.
Noureldin cruised into today`s final after thrashing Tanzanian Tumaini Martin also by two straight sets of 6-1 6-1 at the same venue yesterday.
In girls’ singles, Sudanese Samah Adam cruised into the finals after edging Kenyan Michelle Onyancha by two straight sets of 6-3 6-1.
Adam is paired to play Shannon Wong from Mauritius. Wong saw off Kenyan Paje Mbugua 6-3 6-0.
In related development, 21 Tanzanian tennis coaches are attending a course at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana club that started yesterday.
The minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Bernard Membe, was the guest of honour who officiated at the opening ceremony of the course.
The minister urged participants of the course to learn skills and attain knowledge that would enable to scout talents and spearhead development of tennis in the country.
Membe was aware that tennis is not only providing entertainment, but also a source of employment should players excelled.
Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) in collaboration with Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) have organised the course.
Membe insisted on both TOC and TTA to work with hand in glove co-operation to inspire boys and girls to play tennis as a career to alleviate poverty in the future.
He also challenged TTA and TOC to ensure Tanzania is well represented at next year`s Commonwealth Games to be staged in India.
The ITF development officer for East Africa, Zimbabwean Prince Madema, is in charge to conduct the seminar for the coaches.