NCC Tennis Cup: Team Civil Defence Batter Team Offikwu to Reach Final

Team Civil Defence were on a different level over the weekend as they battered defending champions, Team Offikwu at the National Stadium in Abuja, to set up a final clash with Team Muller.

Team Offikwu had not lost a single match all season before coming into the match, but, they came up against a team they were evidently no match against as they were soundly beaten 6-1 by the Civil Defence team.

Former national champion, Clifford Enosorogbe put his team on the right path when he made light work of Barcelona-based Sylvester Emmanuel in the 1st Men’s Singles, winning 6-3, 6-2, and Nigeria’s no. 1 Tennis player, Abdulmumuni Babalola stayed on track as he defeated Henry Atseye 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the 2nd Men’s Singles.

Team Offikwu pulled one back, though, in the Ladies Singles as Sarah Adegoke thrashed highly-ranked Christie Agugbom 6-2, 6-2 to set the score at 2-1.

Team Civil Defence then increased their chances of advancing with victory in the Men’s Doubles as Abdulmumin Babalola teamed up with Clifford Enosorogbe to beat Offikwu’s duo of Sylvester Emmanuel and Henry Atseye 6-3, 6-4.

The following day, Team Civil Defence didn’t have to wait for long before sealing their place in the final as Abdulmumuni Babalola convincingly beat Christopher Bulus 6-3, 6-0 in the 1st Reverse Singles to give his team a 4-1 lead.

A jubilant Clifford Enosorogbe and Babalola after they booked their place in the final with a 4-1 lead in Sunday

Michael Chima then increased the tally with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Christopher Itodo in the 2nd Reverse Singles.

The paramilitary outfit completed the decimation in the Mixed Doubles as Bukola Olowu paired with Nonso Madueke to beat Offikwu’s duo of Sarah Adegoke and Christopher Bulus 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Speaking after the victory, the director of sports Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Commandant Ayodele, attributed the success to God and their good management.

“It’s God Almighty and the good support from our management. You know, when you have a good management, things go well,” the Commandant said.

Team Offikwu and Team Muller will clash in the final on 9 & 10 of December at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, where a N7 million prize money awaits the winner.

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