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ITF/CAT U-12 Championships: Team Nigeria outshine lacklustre neighbours

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The Nigerian contingent put up a ruthless display to rattle their opponents at the ongoing ITF/CAT African Junior Teams’ Competition in Cotonou on Tuesday.

The Boys’ team, who already had two wins in as many matches, ran riot against neighbouring country, Togo, winning both the singles matches and doubles match to record an impressive 3-0 victory.

A win against Ghana in their last tie today, Wednesday, would see them secure top spot.

In the other category, after losing their first match, the Girls’ team needed a win to keep hopes of qualification alive, and win did they! The Ivorian opponents were no match for the Girls’ as the Serena Teluwo-led team romped to a 3-0 victory.

The Girls, who will play host nation, Benin on Thursday, would have to win 3-0 to secure qualification, smoothly.

Quite a tricky situation for the Girls’ team as Benin won both their matches, thumping Ivory Coast 3-0 and 2-1 against Togo. This implies that an outright 3-0 win over Benin will secure qualification, while a 2-1 win will tie both teams and bring the number of sets and games won into consideration.

ACES founder, Coach Abel Ubiebi when asked about the secret behind the impressive displays, simply said: “Determination.”

On the implication of the results, Ubiebi stated, “The boys are already qualified to the finals, but need to win to secure top spot.”

“For the girls, our match against Benin will decide who qualifies. The competition for qualification is between Nigeria and Benin.”

“A 3-0 win is needed against Benin the host nation, the girls understand what is at stake and are going to give their best,” Ubiebi said on the Girls’ chances of qualification.

This competition serves as a qualifying to the Final Event of the African Junior Teams’ Competition for 12&Under (AJTC-12&U) which will take place from the 27th to 31st August 2018.

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