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.