After a successive tennis spell of Saah Kandakai, the talent of the 14-year-old has caused him to be sponsored twice to the Academia Sanchez-Casal in Barcelona, Spain and Florida, the United States by the Mamba Point Hotel and Oceano Casino.
Saah participated in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament to test his budding “good hand” which was fashioned through the world-class tennis academy. After the training he was fortunate to stay in the US to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional tennis player.
The former 8th grade student of the St. Michael Catholic School in Gardnersville is currently a freshman and the No. 1 single’s player for Trenton High School, in the USA.
Since his departure in 2013, the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) has been on the table to formulate a program to raise another tennis gem as Saah’s father, Alfred Kandakai, a certified Level 1 Tennis coach, has done for his son.
Two months ago, a partnership agreement between the SOS Children’s Village Liberia and the Liberia Tennis Federation to train kids to become better tennis players is gaining momentum.
Twenty-six children between ages 7 to 14 were recruited and started intensive training in lawn tennis at the SOS Children’s Village Court in Matadi.
Miss Dorcas Moore, 14 years old and a 7th grade student of the SOS School, is budding to become an exceptionally rare player.
The female tennis player excellently surpassed her male counterparts in her batting movement but need more strength, speed and much more composure on the court to be compared with Saah Kandakai.
She told the Daily Observer that she wished to emulate Serena Williams, an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles.
Also, two of the kids, Armstrong and Answer are also showing tremendous progress in the game and at the verge of becoming other tennis gems, if they receive similar opportunity like Saah’s.
Mr. Adolphus Wade, the president of LTF said he is confident that before April 2016, which ends the first year agreement between the LTF and the SOS Children’s Village; there would be tremendous improvement.
The one-year training is under the theme: “Children and Youth Development.”
Meanwhile, the tennis boss is appealing to Liberians and foreign partners as well as business institutions help support the development program to train at least 100 kids.
Mr. Wade also said international tennis training could also be an added advantage to the development of the kids.