Im­pres­sive turn up for tennis train­ing at Emakhan­deni

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THE fu­ture stars of tennis heeded the call by turn­ing up in num­bers for a free, one-day coach­ing ses­sion tar­get­ing young play­ers that was held at Emakhan­deni Tennis Club last Wednesday.

Emakhan­deni Tennis Club in as­so­ci­a­tion with some of its for­mer greats who are now based out­side the coun­try con­ducted the coach­ing ses­sion.

The coaches that took the young stars through their paces were Welling­ton Sibanda now based in Namibia, Mkhu­l­uli Khuphe and Nqo­bi­lizwe Moyo, who are all ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Na­tional Tennis Devel­op­ment which dates back to the 1980s.

Ac­cord­ing to Sibanda, the train­ing ses­sion cov­ered im­por­tant as­pects of the game like strokes, which per­tains to tech­niques in strik­ing the ball, the foot­work ba­si­cally cov­er­ing proper move­ment on court, phys­i­cal fit­ness and con­di­tion­ing which in­cludes the strength, flex­i­bil­ity, speed, agility and stamina.

When asked about the in­ten­tion of the train­ing ses­sion Wit­ness Jiyane, the chair­man of Emakhan­deni Tennis Club ex­pressed hope that the chil­dren will ben­e­fit a lot from the skills taught as well as ad­vice from the coaches.

“We ex­pect our kids to do bet­ter, these fa­cil­i­ta­tors are qual­i­fied Level 2 coaches, qual­i­fi­ca­tions which some of us don’t have, they have vast of ex­pe­ri­ence in what they are do­ing hav­ing coached in Namibia and Botswana re­spec­tively. There­fore, as a re­sult of such in­ter­ac­tion we ex­pect our kids to learn then go on to do bet­ter em­ploy­ing skills learnt,” said Jiyane.

Sibanda was im­pressed by the level of tal­ent shown by the ju­niors in­clud­ing their will­ing­ness to learn more such that when asked he had this to say:

“These boys and girls have great com­mit­ment plus tal­ent, given the nec­es­sary sup­port I have no doubt they can make a name for them­selves in tennis cir­cles.”

To keep the in­sti­tu­tion go­ing Sibanda do­nated balls while Khuphe worked tire­lessly to see the do­nated goods which in­clude balls among other equip­ment ar­rive in Zim­babwe by pro­vid­ing trans­port from Namibia.

Sibanda has coached a num­ber of lo­cal play­ers who have gone on to make an im­pact in in­ter­na­tional cir­cuits tennis, among those are Du­miso Khu­malo (late) who played at Ju­nior Wim­ble­don dur­ing his stint in Spain and Swiss based Fadzai Madz­im­ba­muto.

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Welling­ton Sibanda (sec­ond from right) con­ducts tennis train­ing at Emakhan­deni club in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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