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Tennis Association eight leave for ITF & CAT Tennis Championship

Jul 15, 2011, 3:20 PM

Eight players of the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association yesterday left the shores of the country to attend this year’s edition of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) championship in Mbur, Senegal.

The eight are Modou Njie, Baboucarr Gassama, Ensa Samateh, Fabakary Drammeh, Mariatou Jammeh, Amie Badjie, Fatou Joof and Binta Camara.

The championship that starts tomorrow in Mbur is expected to last for two weeks, Pointsport has gathered.

The selected Gambian tennis players have arrived in Mbur since yesterday with high expectations of a gold medal as they step up preparatory efforts ahead of the championship that is expected to attract 20 countries from West and Central Africa.

“The junior tennis championship is also expected to serve as an automatic qualification process where the best performers will be selected to represent the continent in the Africa Junior Tennis Championship the venue of which will be announced later,” says Phillip Akibogun, secretary general of the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association, in an earlier interview with this reporter at the tennis courts in Bakau.

It would be recalled that last year The Gambia Tennis Association did tremendously well after it clinched two silver medals in the last Junior Tennis Championship in Mbur, Senegal.