LAGOS, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's National Junior Tennis coach Ubale Mohammed on Wednesday stressed that it was only through the early discovery of outstanding budding talents that the growth of the sport could be sustained.
Athletes who started their careers early in life usually enjoyed a long spell in their vocations, the coach told reporters in Lagos, the nation's most populous city.
The coach added that budding talents were usually groomed in the rudiments of the sport and also exposed to the right kind of competitions.
He advised coaches to nurture young tennis players in primary and secondary schools through well-crafted programs, to groom them to stardom.
The coach, however, expressed dissatisfaction over the non- inclusion of the sport in the inter-house sports competitions in the Secondary Schools.
Ubale advised school authorities to ensure that tennis was made a part of their annual inter-house sports events, stressing that more talents could be discovered through such competitions.