Coach Ubale as­sures of vic­tory at African ten­nis tour­ney

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A ten­nis coach at­tached to the Na­tional ju­nior ten­nis team, Ubale Mo­hammed, yes­ter­day said he was con­fi­dent that the play­ers selected to at­tend the up­com­ing African Youth Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship would per­form well. The event has been sched­uled to hold from May 22 to May 31 in Botswana.

Mo­hammed said in an in­ter­view in Kaduna that they had been train­ing hard to im­prove on the per­for­mance of play­ers in the build up to the tour­na­ment.

He said: “We want to play in fi­nals this time around and win the tro­phy. We are known among the best in ten­nis and we want to main­tain our po­si­tion”.

The coach said the play­ers’ per­for­mance at a re­cently con­cluded com­pe­ti­tion in Kenya was com­mend­able, as two of the play­ers reached semi fi­nals be­fore los­ing to Egypt in the fi­nals, while two oth­ers were elim­i­nated in the quar­ter fi­nals.

“Kaduna play­ers are known for their good per­for­mance in the game of ten­nis as we were able to reach quar­ters and semis at the Kenyan tour­na­ment. We hope to play fi­nals in the com­ing event”.

He urged the play­ers to work hard, so as to make the state and coun­try proud.

Sylvester Em­manuel and Michael Michael both of who reached the semi-fi­nals, vowed in sep­a­rate in­ter­views that they would re-dou­ble their ef­forts to reach the fi­nals and win the tro­phies at stake. (NAN)

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