. . .and they meet again!
So many things have changed since the first meeting between these two teams. After narrowly edging Team Civil Defence 4-3 in the opening week of the league season, Team Muller have gone on to greater heights. They went unbeaten in the group stage and then convincingly beat a well-drilled Team Ndoma-Egba side in the semi-final at the Enugu Sports Club to book their place in the final.
Heavily fortified by the brilliance of Joseph Imeh, a player who’s yet to lose a match in the league, the fast-improving Emmanuel Itodo, and the firepower of Ronke Akingbade, the Lagos-based team seem to be complete in every department, BUT, they’re now set to come up against a team that has totally evolved from being relatively mediocre to becoming the most fearsome team in the league, one that boasts arguably the most ruthless players in the country – Team Civil Defence, that is.
Despite not finishing top of the log during the group stage, Team Civil Defence were absolutely sensational and a force to be reckoned with. With every step they took, destruction was left in their wake. Not even the defending champions, Team Offikwu were spared. In the semi-final, Team Offikwu who were favourites for the league title, were made to look very ordinary as they were thrashed 6-1 by the Civil Defence team.
Buoyed by Nigeria’s no. 1 Tennis player, Abdulmumuni Babalola, former national champion, Clifford Enosorogbe, and female no. 1, Christie Agugbom, the paramilitary outfit are adequately strengthened and can crush any team.
Team Muller, however, have beaten them before, they are at an advantage, psychologically. And, they have Joseph Imeh, Emmanuel Itodo, Ronke Akingbade, who’re in scintillating form at the moment but, the director of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, commandant Ayodele thinks his team would be victorious in Lagos.
Speaking after his team’s victory in the semis in Abuja, he said: “We’re winning by the special Grace of God. We’ve given everything to God and we’ll train hard,” the commandant said.
Will the Civil Defence team come out victorious? Or will it be a clean sweep for Team Muller?
This final match is live from the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10, Dec., from 10am.