I’ve missed the excitement of the NCC Tennis League and I want to believe you all have too.
Action resumes in the league this weekend after a 3 weeks break to enable players participate in the 2017 edition of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.
In some of my recently published articles I have done justice to the upcoming ties between Team Kalotari vs Team Civil Defence and Team VGC Lions vs Team Optiwebb. So, I have decided to focus on the Team Muller vs Team Oluyole fixture in this publication.
The fixture between Team Muller and Team Oluyole is definitely a mismatch, and it is quite evident on the log as the former is seated comfortable on top of the blue group and are one of two teams to have secured passage into the semi finals with a match to spare, compared to the latter who are stuck at the bottom of the table as well as being one of five teams to have already crashed out of the tourney.
Team Muller boast of top players like present top 10 female player and former CBN winner, Ronke Akingbade as well as 2017 Senior CBN Finalist, Joseph Imeh.
Imeh is one of two players to have won all his Men’s Singles matches so far in the league. Imeh has been the most improved Nigerian tennis player in 2017.
Team Muller have been very impressive in the competition so far, winning all their four fixtures prior to today’s matches, including slim wins away at Abuja against Team Civil Defence on opening day and at Port Harcourt against Team Kalotari – both ended 4-3 in their favour.
Team Muller have been equally dominant at home, defeating Team Optiwebb 5-2 and Team VGC Lions 7-0 at the National Stadium in Lagos.
Muller are unsure of which team they will face in the semi finals. But one thing is for sure it is going to be either Team TechVibe, Team Ndoma-Egba or Team Goshen.
Team Oluyole on the other hand are yet to win a tie, and have lost 25 of the 28 matches they’ve played so far in the league. The 3 matches they’ve won are – Nonso Madueke (Civil Defence) retiring against Sunday Okechukwu in the Men’s Singles, Sunday Okechukwu beat George Abamu (VGC Lions) in the Men’s Singles and the pair of Ganiyu Salami and Kunle Bamidele defeating the Abamu brothers in the Men’s Doubles.
Team Oluyole is one of two teams to have lost 7-0 on to different occassions in the league. Both scandalous loses were suffered at the hands of Team Civil Defence and Team Kalotari.
Team Muller will definitely sweep Team Oluyole off their feet. As far as I am concerned any victory shy of 7-0 would be a bad day in office for Team Muller.