The Nigerian team, on Friday, fell to defeat to Benin Republic in the last tie of the Davis Cup Africa Zone Group III at the Nairobi Club in Kenya.
Nigeria, who had earlier secured two wins out of two in Pool A, needed to beat their West African neighbour, Benin Republic to top the Pool. The team, however, just wasn’t on song as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.
Sylvester Emmanuel went down 4-6, 3-6 to Delmas N’tcha in the first rubber, while 29-year-old Alexis Klegou defeated Christian Paul 6-2, 6-1 in the second rubber. Captain, Abdulmumin Babalola then paired up with Joseph Imeh in the third rubber, but were edged 6-3, 6-3 by the duo of Alexis Klegou and Felix Hounkpevi.
Nigeria, as a result of the defeat, finished second in Pool A and will play Pool B table toppers, Namibia in the playoff to determine the nation to be promoted to the Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2019.
Benin Republic, meanwhile, will face Kenya, who finished second in Pool B, in the other playoff to determine the other nation to be promoted.
Kenya in their final tie in Pool B defeated Algeria 3-0 to cement their second place in the Pool, while Cameroon salvaged their only win of Pool A’s round-robin phase with a 2-1 win over Rwanda.
The playoffs will be live on Saturday, 23 June at the Nairobi Club, Nairobi, Kenya.