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LTAM panic over Chisomo Lumeta’s scholarship

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Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM), has pressed panic button in its quest to raise US$7,000 (about K3 million) to enable tennis star Chisomo Lumeta take up his scholarship in United States of America.

Lumeta was offered scholarship to USA’s Seminole State College in May following his outstanding performance in ITF/CAT junior circuits and consistent form at High Performance Centre in Morocco.

The youngster’s scholarship covers for 70 percent while the remainder must be raised by the local association.

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LTAM general secretary, Christopher Kachale, said they were still discussing with stakeholders to bankroll Lumeta’s scholarship.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed. Hopefully, we will get favourable response from stakeholders,” he said.

Kachale said in the meantime LTAM was looking for K1.5 million to allow Lumeta travel to the US and the other half must be paid in January.

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“The most important thing is that Lumeta should be in USA by mid-August. So we need about K3.5 million before he leaves and the other half we can pay in January,” he said.

Lumeta becomes the first Malawian tennis player to achieve the feat and his exploits are set to open window of opportunity for other players.

Kachale said going to USA on tennis scholarship for a male athlete was a no mean achievement.

He said it was life opportunity for Lumeta as he would take tennis as a career.

In junior circles, Lumeta is rated 465 in the world and is among players earmarked to make it as a professional tennis player.

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