Former national champion, Henry Atseye will strive to reclaim a national title which he last did at the CBN Open in 2014 when he takes on second seed, Joseph Imeh in the final of the Rainoil Tennis Open in Lagos.
Atseye came through a tough section of the draw and proved his mettle by beating Uche Okparaoji, Abdulmumuni Babalola, and Thomas Otu to reach the final. Brimming with confidence at the moment, the 28-year-old is certainly going to be at his best against Imeh.
Joseph Imeh, meanwhile, sacked fellow youngsters, Michael Chima, Christopher Bulus en route to the final. Imeh, however, has always ran out of luck in finals he’s played in this year. He’s lost in three of the four finals he’s played, with the most recent being to Thomas Otu (who lost to Atseye in Friday’s semi-final) at the Dala Hard Court Tennis final in Kano 3 weeks ago. The 20-year-old, though, would seek to break the jinx this time and attain glory in Lagos.
The most recent meeting between these two was in November in the first round of the Dala Hard Court in Kano, a match in which Imeh strolled to a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Should the youngster replicate such performance here, he might just clinch the title, but Atseye is in top form at the moment and will be no walkover. And given the level of brilliance he put up in the semi-final against Otu, Joseph Imeh should be wary, or else, he might end up a runner-up for the fourth time this year.
This match is live today, Sunday at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, not before 3:30pm Nigerian time.