By Bernard Mhone:
Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) has demanded nothing short of medals from six players who are traveling to Namibia for International Tennis Federation Southern Africa Junior Individual and Team’s Championship scheduled from January 7 to 15 2019.
LTAM acting president, Tawonga Mtegha, said they have targeted a medal from the tournament after returning empty-handled from Zone IV African Youth Games which took place in Botswana last month.
“Our boys should fight hard, get prepared mentally and physically in order for them to win. Under-12 and 14 players should bring us a medal as a minimum. Malawi will host 2022 Games, so they are future champions,” Mtegha said.
According to an invitation letter from Nadine Ciza, Confederation of African Tennis administrator, they have asked Malawi to take to the tournament 12 players but only six will travel.
Mtegha said they are upbeat with the travelling squad.
“They are all experienced players and they are our cream. Come January, a medal is coming here at bare minimum,” Mtegha said.
The travelling squad include Golden Kamanga, Austin Phiri, Diana Nyirenda ,Junior Mkandawire, Linda Msiska and Sekelani Makuluni, all from Mzuzu City.
Phiri said they would strive to achieve their dream of winning medals.
Makuluni, who participated in the Zone IV African Youth Games, lamented lack of equipment.
“From experience, our counterparts have quality courts. This affects our play because our equipment and courts are not conducive to enable us deliver. Nonetheless, we are training hard and the country should expect medals from us,” Makuluni said.
The squad departs for Botswana on January 3 by road.
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