By Mathews Chansa
Upcoming tennis player Idah Longwe’s dream finally came true when she flew out of Kenneth Kaunda International airport on Wednesday to start her recently acquired tennis scholarship at Barton Community College in Kansas in the United States.
Longwe, Zambian top -ranked junior female tennis player, wants to make sure she maximizes this brilliant opportunity to help catapult her tennis career. “I am so pumped and really excited. I am confident that this opportunity will get my game ready for my future international tournaments and consequently obtain my education.”
Barton Community College Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis coach Lyles Stickney is pleased to have Longwe join his women tennis team roster. “We are excited to have Idah (Longwe) study and compete at Barton Community College starting this fall. It’s great to be able to sign such a quality athlete. I’m confident that the success she’s had in tournaments internationally will be carried over into her college career here in the USA”. he said.
The scholarship was made possible with the courtesy of College Placement Services International. CPSI is a Texas based college recruiting agency that helps regular students and student-athletes from all over the world find the college that’s the best all-around fit for them and their family while maximizing their college recruiting and scholarship opportunities.
Last year, Longwe reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Youth Games in Zimbabwe. She becomes one of the few Zambian tennis players to have earned tennis scholarships in the United States in the recent years.
Other notable Zambian players who have previously managed to showcase their tennis skills at Barton Community College on scholarships include former Zambia number one player – Lighton Ndefwayi, Former Zambian Davis Cup captain Sydney Bwalya and Thembani Mbazima.