AJC qualifiers: Nigerian players eye semi-final spots in Togo

The ITF/CAT African Junior Championship qualifying event has taken shape, with players all out to seal semifinal spots.

Unarguably one of the best youngsters in Nigeria, Marylove Edwards will seek to stay on track for gold in the Girls’ 16 & Under when she takes on Sadjo Coulibaly of Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals in Lome. Coulibaly got knocked out in the quarterfinals of the 14 & Under category last year and will likely suffer same fate should Edwards keep up her brilliant play.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Ekpeyong after having dug deep to reach the quarterfinals will hope to have it less difficult this time when she takes on Fanyi Stefany of Cameroon for a place in the semifinals.

In the Boys’ 16 & Under event, Usman Kushimo, who clinched gold last year in the 14 & Under, will aim to stay on course for a similar feat when he takes on Nafiralo Ouattara for a place in the semis, while compatriot, Matthew Abamu takes on Aristide Setome.

Having dished out a double bagel in the second round, Oiza Yakubu will look to continue in that sizzling light when she squares off against Togo’s Valentine Talaki for a place in the Girls’ 14 & Under semifinals, while Iye Onoja will have Rodia Noudogbessi of Benin to contend with.

Matches are live at the Stade Omnisports Eyadéma & AAT Tennis club in Lome, Togo.

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Adejoh Isaiah

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