A teenage Liberian Tennis star is expected to represent Liberia in Naples Florida, the United States.
Alfred Saah Kandakai, a 12-year old tennis star will be away for a three-week intensive training in the US upon invitation from the Sanchez Casal Tennis program based in the United States. While in the US, Saah Kandakai will represent Liberia in the United States Tennis Association Championship Tourney.
Saah is expected to leave the country today for the USA to participate in the three weeks intensive training. Recently, the teenage Liberian tennis star won two bronzes in Barcelona, Spain where he participated in the Sanchez Casal tourney following weeks of training under the aegis of the Oceano Casino and the management of the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.
According to Saah’s father who is also his coach, his son is sitting in the driving seat of Liberian tennis presently and as such, the Government of Liberia must do everything possible to support the young boy to bring pride to his native land.
Mr. Alfred Kandakai said Government must provide scholarship for the young Liberian who is putting Liberia on the map of tennis as he is the only Liberian presently flying the Liberian flag in other parts of the world.
Little Saah Kandakai participated in the under 12 category of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and took Liberia to the quarter final. Saah, the present touch bearer of Liberian tennis also took his country to the under 14 ITF West and Central Africa Championship held in Lome this year where he reached the quarter final.
At the same time, a veteran Liberian tennis champ, Dr. Tokpa Nah Tipoteh has presented a purse to the young Liberian tennis star who is to represent Liberia in the United States. Dr. Tipoteh who held the Liberian Tennis Championship for 30 year (1964-94) is a veteran tennis player who has been in the vanguard of promoting Liberian tennis over the years.
In a brief chat with Dr. Tipoteh who accompanied little Saah at the offices of The INQUIRER yesterday said what needs to be done is to encourage the little boy to achieve his dream of becoming Liberia’s tennis champ.
Dr. Tipoteh urged Saah Kandakai to be a good ambassador for his country bearing in mind that he is representing over three million citizens though he’s a little boy. “I also want to encourage him to learn his own language; if he works hard, he will achieve,” Dr. Tipoteh intimated.