Tennis Kenya has come up with a list of prospective team members that will represent Kenya in the Africa Nations Cup to be held at Nairobi Club in November.
The slot for the team captain will be held by Rosemary Owino, a highly accredited coach who will be in charge of the team’s training regimen on the same grounds that will host the Championships – Nairobi Club.
Owino will be assisted by Caroline Oduor, a past Kenya Open Ladies Champion. Oduor is also in charge of the fledgling National Juniors Training Program that Tennis Kenya inaugurated in May this year to scout for talented junior players and have them train together.
Five ladies are expected on the short-list that is currently in training but thus far only three players have confirmed their participation. Currently, the squad comprises current Kenya Open champion Shufaa Changawa who will anchor Kenya’s title hopes, Faith Nyabera Omurunga and Paige Mbugua.
Judith Nkatha who was a sure shot for the squad has opted out as she will be sitting her examinations when the Cup of Nations rolls into town.
An invite has also been sent to Nikita Dawda, based in the United Kingdom and plays on the College Circuit there. As it stands the men’s team will be missing the services of Kenya’s number one and current Kenya Open Champion Ismael Changawa.
Changawa is currently based in the United States and his college workload makes it a tall order for him to travel to Nairobi in early November. This, however, could change and his presence would be a massive boost for the hosts. Kenya will be ably represented by two members of this year’s Davis Cup team – Kevin Cheruiyot and Ibrahim Kibet Yego.
The others on coach Owino’s list will be youngsters Sheil Kotecha and Albert Njogu who will be joined by Petty Andanda and Ronny Ndinya who is currently in California on the Futures circuit. A final team of four ladies and four men will be chosen from this group to represent Kenya amid hopes that the Cup of Nations can and will stay on the host nation’s soil.fight.