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AJC team event: Nigeria thrash Burkina Faso & Ghana, but falter against Togo

Team Nigeria was sublime against Burkina Faso and Ghana, but failed to contain the host nation, Togo at the African Junior Championship team event in Lome.

In the Boys’ 16 & Under tie against Burkina Faso, Nigeria won 3-0, sweeping clean all rubbers. Mukhtar Andu once again set the tone with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Thierry Nezien in the 1st singles rubber, while Usman Kushimo for the second time in as many matches defeated a player 6-0, 6-0, this time, David Ouedraggo receiving the battering.

Kushimo would then partner with Matthew Abamu to whitewash Cheick Kalaga and Thierry Nezian 6-1, 6-0.

The shortfall came against the Togolese in the Boys’ 14 & Under, where the Nigerians were beaten 2-1.

Suleiman Ibrahim lost to Isaac Padio 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 in the 1st singles, while Joshua Maxwell lost 0-6, 4-6 to Anore Dogbefu. The Nigerians, however, pulled one back in the doubles, with Ibrahim teaming up with Ganiyu Mubarak to beat the duo of Dogbefu and Xavier Gakpo 6-1, 6-4.

The team would get back on song in the Girls’ 16 & Under against the Burkinabes, with Mary Udoffa and Rebecca Ekpeyong staying top of their game to seal a 3-0 victory.

Udoffa accounted for Marie Rafiatou 6-0, 6-2, while Rebecca Ekpeyong defeated Josephine Bomouni 6-2, 6-2. Both players combined well in the doubles to win 6-2, 6-3 against the pair of Bomouni and Rafiatou.

Against Ghana in the Girls’ 14 & Under tie, it wasn’t any different.

Iye Onoja drubbed Lawrencia Manu 6-1, 6-0, while Oiza Yakubu whistled past Aniva 6-0, 6-1.

Serena Teluwo got in the fray of action as she partnered with Onoja to beat the duo of Manu and Aniva 6-4, 6-0.

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