Two Ghanaian coaches that participated in the ITF Level 1 coaching course, which was concluded over the weekend in Lagos have expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) for helping them become professional coaches.
Samuel Appiah and Hilda Amankwei, who are respectively from East Legon and Accra described as priceless, the ITF Level 1 coaches certificates they bagged alongside 37 other Nigerians in the nine-day course conducted by ITF Instructor, Rotimi Akinloye.
Appiah, a coach of over 10 years experience, said he can now return to his country with his head high knowing he is now an ITF-certified coach.
“I have waited for almost eight years to have this course in Ghana but our Federation could not arrange it. It’s a very important course as far as tennis is concerned and I’m very happy to have this certificate. It means I’m not just an ordinary coach but a professional,” he stated.
Amankwei, a female coach, on her part said the NTF shows that it’s a well-organised and functional body to have the programme which will develop the game further.
“We are really grateful to the NTF for facilitating this course because we don’t have it in Ghana. We know the value of the course and that is why decided to take advantage of our closeness to Nigeria. The instructor, who incidentally is a Nigerian, is a well-grounded ITF expert.
“It shows that the NTF is functional and with our experience here it didn’t come to us as a surprise that Nigeria has been winning the AJC in the region for the past few years and also contributing the highest number of participants from the zone.
Some of the Nigerian players have been put through these latest techniques which have been giving them advantage.”
NTF boss, Sani Ndanusa said the programme will hold in more cities across Nigeria in the coming months to get more of the country’s coaches certified by the world tennis governing body.