Tanzania names squad for Davies Cup

ALL is set as eleven players have been named to form the national men and women’s tennis teams to represent the country in the Davies Cup International tournament in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in June this year.

Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) said the players were picked this week ready for the Kinshasa tour.

The association’s executive member, Hassan Chande said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the players to form the teams have been selected in accordance with their performance displayed during the two-day tournament held at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club  courts in Dar es Salaam recently.

He said out of 11 players, six form the men’s team, while the other five will form the women’s team.

He named players and their clubs as Frank Menard, Yusuph Laurent (Arusha Gymkhana Club-AGC), Abu Risasi, Rashidi Swalehe, Omary Abdallah and Mtale Japhet (Dar Gymkhana).

The women’s players team has  Shana Mao, Naitoti Singo, Ester Nakulange, Nasha Singo (Moshi) and Babla Mollel from Dar Gymkhana.

One of the selected players Abdallah said he was delighted to be among the national team members and he thanked the association for picking him.

Abdallah, one of the experienced players, promised to work hard with his teammates in order to repay them for the faith Tanzania has shown him by giving him an opportunity to represent it in a prestigious tournament.

“We understand this is one of the toughest events in the zone, but we will use the time to prepare well for the mission and represent well our country,” he added.

He said the competition will be held at the Cercle de Kinshasa courts in DR Congo capital, Kinshasa.

He said the women’s category battle will start from June 5th to 10th  while the men’s competition will officially start on June 19th this year.

Chande, who also serves as the national youth team coach, stressed that Tanzania will  be vying for the top honours against nine other African countries.

He named the nations as Burundi, hosts DR Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sudan.

Youth team coach from Dar es Salaam Gymkhana club, Salumu Mvita believes the selected players have great potential to do well in the competition.

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