Team Nigeria to play in four finals at AJC qualifiers

Nigerian sensation, Marylove Edwards whistled past Emelive Honfoga of Benin Republic 6-1, 6-0 to reach the final of the African Junior Championship qualifiers in Togo on Wednesday.

It’s been an exceptional week for the 13-year-old, who’s been virtually unplayable so far in the 16 & Under singles event, defeating Marie-Stella Tsawlassou, Sadjo Coulibaly and now Emelive Honfoga to reach the final, dropping just 4 games in all.

Edwards will fancy her chances of claiming back-to-back gold medals at this event, when she takes on Vania Dotse of Togo in the final on Thursday.

Similarly, Suleiman Ibrahim will take on Nermann Ndonfack of Cameroon in the Boys’ 14 & Under singles final after the young Nigerian rallied from a set down to beat Paterne Kouadio of Ivory Coast 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Elsewhere, Matthew Abamu, in the Boys’ 16 & Under semis, lost to Nafiralo Ouattara of Ivory Coast, while Iye Onoja lost the Girls’ 14 & Under semis 1-6, 6-7 to another Ivorian, Lili-Bell Minet.

The Nigerian Team were at their best in the doubles event on Wednesday, except for a few hiccups.

The brilliant duo of Oiza Yakubu and Iye Onoja eased into the final of the Girls’ 14 & Under after a no-nonsense 6-1, 6-0 victory over Cameroonians, Beracah Atana and Rosaline Akombo.

Yakubu and Onoja will take on Valentine Talaki and Grace Tchamoussa of Togo in the final.

The Boys’ 14 & Under doubles pair were equally as brilliant, as Ganiyu Mubarak and Suleiman Ibrahim kept up their impressive chemistry to batter Paterne Kouadio and Boris Kouadio of Ivory Coast 6-1, 6-0. They will play Togo’s pair of Isaac Padio and Andre Dogbefu in the final.

Marylove Edwards and Mary Udoffa lost their semis 3-6, 4-6 to Sadjo Coulibaly and Grace Sopoude of Ivory Coast.

Mary Udofa [L] and Marylove Edwards all smiles before their doubles match.
Also, Matthew Abamu and Mukhtar Andu fell short in the Boys’ 16 & Under doubles, losing 3-6, 6-4, 1-10 to Myko Kouame and Nafiralo Ouattara of Ivory Coast, while Usman Kushimo’s partnership with Ghana’s Leo Besoux failed to pay off as they lost in the semis.

The final matches are live from the Stade Omnisports Eyadéma in Lome, Togo on Thursday, 10 January.

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