Newcomers Team Tech Vibe of Jos pushed semifinal favourites Team Ndoma–Egba to the limit in the White group round robin tie at the National Stadium in Abuja over the weekend but fell short in the mixed doubles decider where the hosts had the advantage of having a top 10 female player. Team Ndoma–Egba won the tie 4-3.
Former National champion, Otu, won his two singles matches against Michael and Adehi while Aiyegbusi ranked six in the NCC Women’s Ranking beat Gege 6-0, 6-2.
Aanu Aiyegbusi made the difference in what would have been a ‘fatal’ loss for the Abuja based team as she ably supported Thomas Otu whose power play frightened and overwhelmed, Iveren Gege, leaving her partner Bala Musa, the ‘man of the match’ in the men’s doubles, completely helpless in the 6-2, 6-0 loss.
“We knew they would take us for granted” said Bala Musa, the lead player for Team Tech Vibe, “so we worked hard in training to surprise them and pull off an upset but we did not succeed in the end. If only we had a stronger female player we would have been through. We are happy we gave them a tough time.”
Team Tech Vibe’s were only able to record three points, all thanks to victories from Michael Michael over Paul Emmanuel, Bala Musa over Sanni Adamu and in the men’s doubles where Musa and Ochei Adehi edged Otu and Adamu.
Here are the results in full
1st Match – 1st Men’s Singles
Thomas Otu(Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Michael Michael(Team TechVibe) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
2nd Match – 2nd Men’s Singles
Sanni Adamu(Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Musa Bala(Team TechVibe) 6-4, 5-7, 0-6
3rd Match – Ladies Singles
Aanu Aiyegbusi(Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Iveren Gege (Team TechVibe) 6-1, 6-0
4th Match – Men’s Doubles
Sanni Adamu and Thomas Otu(Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Oche Adehi and Musa Bala(Team TechVibe) 4-6,6-3, 8-10
5th Match – 1st Reverse Singles
Thomas Otu (Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Oche Adehi (Team TechVibe) 6-2, 6-1
6th Match – 2nd Reverse Singles
Emmanuel Paul (Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Michael Michael (Team TechVibe) 6-4, 3-6, 2-6
7th Match – Mixed Doubles
Thomas Otu and Aanu Aiyegbusi (Team Ndoma-Egba) vs Musa Bala and Iveren Gege (Team TechVibe) 6-1, 6-0
Final score: Team Ndoma-Egba vs Team TechVibe 4-3