Team Nigeria will begin its title-defense at the 2018 ITF/CAT West & Central African Junior Tennis Championship in Togo, as hostilities are set to get underway from Jan., 8th at the Stade Omnisports Eyadéma & AAT Tennis Club, Lome.
The Team, which is seeking its seventh-straight championship title, comprises 12 players (3 boys and 3 girls each for the 14 and 16 & under events), and has Ubale Mohammed and Margaret Olagundoye as coaches.
All eyes will definitely be on Marylove Edwards in the Girls’ Team 14 & Under. The US-based tennis sensation, who was recently adjudged the best young female player of 2017, will, together with Iye Onoja and Canice Abua compete in this category.
In the Girls’ Team 16 & Under, rising star, Oyinlomo Barakat Quadre alongside Ozi Oiza Yakubu, and Rebecca Ekpeyong will represent Nigeria.
The trio of Musa Sani, Gabriel Friday, and Matthew Abamu will lead the charge for glory in the Boys’ 16 & Under, while Suleiman Ibrahim, Usman Kushimo, and Reha Holmes will represent the country in the Boys’ 14 & Under category.
Coach Abel Ubiebi of Aces Tennis Academy, meanwhile, has full confidence in the ability of the players to perform and believes they’re ready to take charge.
Speaking to TennisNG, the head of the Aces Tennis Academy said. ”The players are in high spirits; they are good to go.”
“You know, Nigeria is the defending champion, so they are good to go and defend the championship,” Coach Ubiebi, who’s one of the coaches to have trained the players, said.
The players, who have undergone intense training at the National Stadium in Lagos, are presently enroute to Togo where they’ll look to reign supreme again.
Other participating countries in West & Central Africa are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and host nation, Togo.