Team Ndoma-Egba were no match for fellow newcomers, Team Muller when they clashed at the Enugu Sports Club for the first NCC Tennis Cup semis during the weekend.
Lagos-based Team Muller booked their place in the final at the first time of asking with a 5-2 victory over Team Ndoma-Egba of Abuja.
Buoyed by the brilliance of Joseph Imeh, the Team got off to a good start when Imeh defeated Emmanuel Paul 6-4, 6-4 in the 1st Men’s Singles.
Team Ndoma-Egba then must’ve thought they were going to level scores in the 2nd Men’s Singles when former national champion, Thomas Otu took to the court to face Emmanuel Idoko, a player he made light work of at the Governor’s Cup Lagos, but everyone was left stunned as Idoko put up a commanding display to thrash Otu 6-2, 6-2.
In the Ladies Singles, Aanu Aiyegbusi did well to pull one back for Team Ndoma-Egba as she beat Ronke Akingbade 7-5, 6-1.
Sunday Maku then teamed up with Thomas Otu in the Men’s Doubles, but couldn’t match the spirited effort from Muller’s duo of Mohammed Mohammed and Joseph Imeh as they were beaten 6-3, 6-4. That gave Team Muller a 3-1 lead at the end of the first day’s proceedings.
The following day, Emmanuel Paul started really well in the 1st Reverse Singles against Emmanuel Idoko, as he took the first set 6-1, but lost the composure he had as Idoko bounced back to win 6-1, 6-2 in the 2nd and 3rd sets, respectively.
Idoko’s win put the tie beyond Team Ndoma-Egba’s reach with Team Muller leading 4-1.
Team Ndoma-Egba then lost the 2nd Reverse Singles after Sanni Adamu scratched after going down 6-4 in the first set against Mohammed Mohammed.
The Mixed Doubles served as a consolation as Team Ndoma-Egba’s pair of Osariemen Airhunmwunde and Taiwo Owolabi beat Muller’s duo of Mohammed Mohammed and Deborah Gbadamosi 4-6, 6-2, 14-12.
Team Muller are now into the final where a prize of N7 million awaits the winner, and will play the winner of second semi-final tie between Team Offikwu and Team Civil Defence.
Team Ndoma-Egba, meanwhile, will have a third place match to look forward to, as they’ll wait to play to loser of the second semis tie.