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February 23, 2019

Njogu headlines Team Kenya to Davis Cup

Albert Njogu during ITF East Africa Junior Circuit under 18
Albert Njogu during ITF East Africa Junior Circuit under 18 / OLIVER MORGAN
Fast-rising tennis sensation, Albert Njogu will make his Davis Cup debut at the June 18-23 tournament after making it to the final Team Kenya that was unveiled yesterday at Nairobi Club.
Njogu was named alongside regulars and experienced quartet of Ismael Changawa, Sheil Kotecha and the siblings, Kevin Cheruiyot and Ibrahim Yego who participated in the previous edition. Ryan Randiek headlines the list of casualties dropped from the team. He was joined by Petty Andanda and Olivier Kigotho.
Njogu, a form three student at Mbagathi Secondary School, made the cut courtesy of his heroics in last year’s East African Schools competitions where he won the doubles in Uganda. His achievements and determination in the past International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit tournaments caught the eye of head coach, Rosemary Owino, who considered him for the nine-nations tournament. Njogu expressed his gratitude with the call up and promised to repay the coach with positive results on the court at the nairobi Club starting on Monday.
“It’s a honor to be named in the Kenyan team for the Davis Cup for the first time. It shows I am doing the right thing on the court and I want to repay the coach with good results. I am looking forward to gain more experience from this tournament besides contesting for the title. I am aware the quality of the opponents is no match to the ones I have faced before but I will give my best.”
While naming the final team, Owino disclosed that it was not easy to select the five from the eight-man provisional squad who has been in a residential camp for the past two weeks.
“It has not been easy task for me to select the final five players. I consulted my assistants and considered achievements for each individual player for the past one and half years. I thank the players for their cooperation at the residential camp and their efforts in training. I also want to thank the players who did not make the team. They really pushed their colleagues and offered healthy competition. It does not imply that they are not good. We are looking forward to represent Kenya and eventually hit the elusive target.”
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