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AJC qualifiers: Team Nigeria on track for singles’ titles as youngsters fly high in doubles

Matthew Abamu remained on course for a singles title after moving into the semifinals with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over Aristide Setome of Benin, while Usman Kushimo was beaten 6-0, 6-1 by Nafiralo Ouattara of Ivory Coast.

Like Abamu, Marylove Edwards is the only Nigerian left in the Girls’ 16 & Under category. The 13-year-old registered an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Ivorian, Sadjo Coulibaly, while Rebecca Ekpeyong, who couldn’t quite match the firepower of Fanyi Stefany and lost 3-6, 3-6 to the Cameroonian.

In the Girls’ 14 & Under, Iye Onoja produced an immaculate performance to thrash Rodia Noudogbessi of Benin 6-1, 6-0 and reach the semifinals. Onoja keep Nigeria in contention for Gold in this category after her countrywoman, Oiza Yakubu lost to Togo’s Valentine Talaki.

Meanwhile, Suleiman Ibrahim defeated Azees Benzy of Cameroon 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals in the Boys’ 14 & Under category.

While the youngsters are still in contention for the singles title in all categories, they also ticked incredibly well in the doubles event, winning all their respective matches.

Oiza Yakubu and Iye Onoja combined brilliantly to beat the Beninese duo of Gloriana Nahum and Rodia Noudogbessi 6-3, 7-6, while Ganiyi Mubarak and Suleiman Ibrahim dug deep to stave off a spirited challenge from Ollian Nahum and Emmanuel Oudensi of Benin, winning 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 in the Boys’ doubles.

In the 16 & Under, Marylove Edwards and Mary Udoffa defeated the Ghanaian pair of Naa Mckorley and Amanua Ankrah 6-3, 6-4, while Mathew Abamu and Mukhtar Andu were ruthless against the Burkinabes, Cheick Kalaga and Thierry Nezian, claiming a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Elsewhere, Usman Kushimo’s partnership with his Ghanaian counterpart, Leo Besoux paid off as the duo put up a rock solid display to beat Aristide Setome of Benin and Arthur Ghomsi Fodjo of Cameroon 6-2, 6-2.

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