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Tennis Youngster Outlines Challenges

Sep 14, 2009, 8:28 AM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

One of The Gambia's most outstanding tennis youngsters, Yankuba Drammeh outlined sporadic challenges confronting the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association in recent years.

Yankuba who was speaking to our reporter in this interview at the Independence Stadium  is the latest tennis player to join his tennis association's Head Coach Phillip Akimbogun in outlining the numerous challenges the association is facing recently, including the lack of international tennis championship for the association as a result of the financial constraints affecting them.

'Finance is the biggest constraint for the tennis association because it has on many occasions hindered our chances of taking part in the international tennis federation championship (I.T.F.)," the young tennis star who is highly-rated as one of the best tennis players was quoted as saying by the Pointsport.

He further revealed that companies, philanthropist or individuals hardly come to the rescue of the tennis association, despite several appeals.

This, Yanks indicated, is not encouraging the young tennis stars, who are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that they excel at the highest level.

Yankuba Drammeh  is one of the most successful tennis players  from the Gambia Lawn tennis Association to secure a gold-medal at the international tennis federation in the International Tennis Federation Championship in Cote D' Ivoire in 2007. He also has a total of five international tennis caps to his name, such as Benin in 2007, Nigeria in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

In his previous interview with this reporter, the Head Coach of the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association, Phillip Akimbogun who spent the better part of his life at the helm of tennis affairs, also stressed the need for the donors to consider helping Lawn tennis in the country, describing it as a minority game.

Uncle Phillip as he is affectionately called, further seized the opportunity to commend the government of the Republic of The Gambia for given the tennis association a plot of land, situated at the Mile-7m, which he added, is expected to be built like any modern tennis court.

Whether the empty plot of land would be built or not, putting into consideration the recent financial constraints that continued to affect the association, remains to be seen.