Davis Cup Promotional Playoff Preview: Nigeria vs Namibia

Nigeria finished second in Pool A after a 3-0 loss to Benin Republic on Friday and so, will face Pool B winners, Namibia in the promotional playoff to determine who gets promoted to the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2019.

Nigeria, for the first since 2013, recorded victories in their first two ties at the Davis Cup, beating Rwanda 3-0 and edging Cameroon 2-1.

Namibia, meanwhile, were the best side in Pool B, having won all four ties in the Pool. The last time the Southern Africans won all their group ties at the Davis Cup was 18 years ago in Uganda. The Namibians, now with the likes of Tukhula Jacobs and Jean Erasmus look fortified.

Can they, however, beat a side that has beaten them more than once in the past?

Nigeria and Namibia have played each other three times in the past, with Nigeria leading the head-to-head record 2-1. Namibia’s only victory was a 2-1 win in 2016 in Madagascar.

Sylvester Emmanuel claimed the first rubber against Jean Erasmus in that tie, but the team fell short in the subsequent rubbers.

Can the Nigerians do better on Saturday and secure promotion to Group II for the first time since 2007?

In the other promotional playoff tie, Benin Republic will square off against Kenya.

Both ties will be live from the Nairobi Club in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, 23 June.

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