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Malawi Tennis Junior National Team has vowed to improve its performance at the Junior Tennis Federation (JTF) Tournament underway in Windhoek, Namibia.

The junior team struggled during a similar competition in 2015.

The team, comprising seven Under-12 and 14 players, left for Windhoek over the weekend to take part in the competition that will run until January 22.

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The seven are Sekelani Makuluni, Golden Kamanga, Austin Phiri, Diana Nyirenda, Ramesh Banda, Linda Msiska and Mwayi Kadammanja.

Malawi Junior Tennis Coordinator, Hackson Methiwa, said the players were selected on merit, hence he was convinced that they will excel in Namibia.

According to Methiwa, outstanding players in Namibia can win a scholarship to the federation’s High Performance Centre in Morocco.

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“Usually, what happens is that players that do well are sent to the High Performance Centre where they compete at the higher level, and should they do well there again, they stand a chance to learn in one of the schools there,” he explained.

“The last time the team went to take part in the competition was in 2015, where only one player [Banda] managed to go to the High Performance Centre. Unfortunately, he lost in the very first round and that was the end of the road for him.”

Nyirenda said she was prepared for the tournament, urging her colleagues to improve their performance.

“Our preparations were good. The last competition we participated taught us some lessons. We did well somehow, but the only setback was that the individuals, who came top from Malawi, were very few and we are going out again to eclipse that,” she said.

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