NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan players will have to display their best if
they want a chance to win the Davis Cup Africa Zone Five tennis
championships, which will be held in Nairobi from June 18-23.
A total of 13 teams
have confirmed participation in this Group three event with the
winners qualifying to join Group two.
sending in their players include Madagascar, Algeria, Nigeria,
Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, Libya, Namibia and Botswana. Others
are Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and Angola.
Ismael Changawa and youngster Ryan Randiek lead the eight-member
Kenya team named Wednesday by Tennis Kenya, who hopes that the
home team will improve their game and stake a claim to the
titles in their different cadres as the competition returns to
Nairobi for the second time.
to Xinhua in Nairobi Wednesday, was bullish over his prospects
in the tournament.
“We have had a good
training and the players emerging from it are strong and
promising. We are building nicely by playing in tournaments
across the region and we hope we can do Kenya proud during this
important tournament,” said Changawa.
Kenya first hosted
the prestigious event in 1997 and 2002. During the 2016
tournament in Cairo, Kenya finished third behind hosts Egypt and
Zimbabwe, however it skipped last year’s event due to financial
Benin is ranked
highest among the 13 teams who entered with Kenya second.
Algeria are third followed by Niger and Namibia. Other
participants are Rwanda (120), Mozambique (122), Cameroon (127)
and Uganda, who are not ranked.
hopeful it will qualify for this year’s Davis Cup Euro/Africa
Zone Group II having narrowly missed out on promotion after
falling to Zimbabwe 2-0 in Africa Zone Group III semi-final.
Kenya, which first
played in the Davis Cup in 1974, staged its best performance to
reach the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 semifinals in 1992, just
one match short of qualifying for the World Group.
The Kenya team has
Changawa, Ibrahim Kibet, Albert Njogu, Kevin Cheruiyot, Ryan
Randiek, Sheil Kotecha, Oliver Kigotho and Petty Andanda.