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Kiriwo, Tayebwa hope to leave mark in East Africa ITF event

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 22nd January 2019 11:22 AM

Tennis enthusiast Gilbert Guma has facilitated the two Tena Academy products with sh2m to enable them to compete in the championship from which they hope to earn ranking points.

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Tena Academy director Hadijah Namanda (left) sees off Marvin Paul Kiriwo (left) and Frank Tayebwa who left for the ITF East African 18 & Under Junior Circuit 2019 in Nairobi, January 20, 2018. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Tennis enthusiast Gilbert Guma has facilitated the two Tena Academy products with sh2m to enable them to compete in the championship from which they hope to earn ranking points.

 
 
Two Uganda Junior Tennis players Marvin Paul Kiriwo and Frank Tayebwa will represent Uganda at the ITF East African 18 & Under Junior Circuit 2019 at Nairobi Club, January 21-26.
 
Tennis enthusiast Gilbert Guma has facilitated the two Tena Academy products with sh2m to enable them to compete in the championship from which they hope to earn ranking points.
 
Guma presented the cash to the two at UOC offices on Saturday before the left with their coach Charles Wanyama for the one-week championship.
 
“I have seen them grow; they are still young and have a future. We never got such opportunities during our time, but I want to see the game develop. They will gain experience and if they get ranking points, it will be good for their exposure,” Guma said.
 
Wanyama believes the two national team players will represent the country well despite the financial struggles they have had before the tournament.
 
“They are in shape because we have had consistent training. I expect them to perform well since their target is to get ranking points which in the end helps them get invitations for more tournaments,” Wanyama reasoned.
 
The tournament is not new to Tayebwa having participated in a similar event-the ITF East Africa championship in Burundi four years ago where he made the quarterfinals.
 
“I expect to play well because I have worked hard. I have been on the national team, so experience will play a part,” Tayebwa who plays for the PTC Warriors in the league said.
 
Kiriwo also feels he can make the final having made the quarterfinals of the regional event last year.
 
“I have gained experience and I’m now fitter,” Kiriwo stated before they were flagged off by Tena Academy Hadijah Namanda.
 
 

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