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Mugabe soliciting funds for East African Tour

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Star Mugabe needs financial assistance.

Star Mugabe needs financial assistance. 

By DEUS BUGEMBE

Posted  Sunday, June 1  2014 at  01:00

In Summary

Mugabe is on the mend and is eager to get back his ATP ranking.

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KAMPALA- Uganda and East Africa’s number one tennis player Duncan Mugabe finds himself in a needy position at a crucial time.

Mugabe is expected to compete in the upcoming International Tennis Federation (ITF) East African Tour Money Circuits scheduled to begin on June 15.

The Nile Special-Uspa Tennis Player of the Year is however ina dire need of $4,000 (an estimated Shs10m) to cater for his training and tour logistics.

The ITF-sanctioned tour gets underway in Nairobi, Kenya where Mugabe will also defend his Kenya Open title before heading to Tanzania for the Tanzania Open and concluding the tour by taking part in the Congo Open.

Uganda Tennis Association (UTA) chairman Cedric Babu has spearheaded a campaign to ensure Mugabe has the required funds in time for the tour which is just fortnight away. Babu has also called upon well-wishers to join hands for the sake helping Mugabe, who is ranked 650 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

“I have kicked off the contributions with Shs1m,” said Babu. “Any contributions can be handed over to Victor Drille, the UTA treasurer.”
Mugabe is scheduled to leave for Nairobi on June 12.

“Before his departure, Duncan will hold a press conference to thank all those that would have made the tour a possibility,” disclosed Babu.

Simon Kaheru has also started a social media campaign to collect funds and get Mugabe back to his rightful place as an ATP player.

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