Action returns this weekend in the NCC Tennis as Four women – Sarah Adegoke, Blessing Samuel, Christie Agugbom and Aanu Aiyegbusi will return to the courts.Their performance in the semifinals determines which two teams qualify for the NCC Tennis League Championship tie.
The first semifinal between Team Offikwu of Kaduna and Team Goshen of Ilorin taking place Saturday, December 1 at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Centre will pitch former women’s champion Agugbom of Team Offikwu against Dala Hard Court champion Samuel.
Both players have had many interesting encounters and are the top doubles pair in the country. They stand to contribute two points from the ladies’ singles and mixed doubles in a tie which will most likely go down to the wire.
Team Offikwu which has four active former champions in their fold will look to Sylvester Emmanuel, Henry Atseye, Christian Paul and Shehu Lawal to contain team Goshen’s Emmanuel Sunday and Paul Emmanuel who defeated former No. 1, Thomas Otu, in the first round of the Dala Championships last week.
The second semifinals taking place in Enugu Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4 will have Adegoke, playing for Leadway Assurance, contending with Aiyegbusi of Tech Vibes of Jos to contribute two points from the ladies’ singles and mixed doubles.
Leadway Assurance has former champions Babalola Abdulmumin, Clifford Enosoregbe and Albert Bicom while Tech Vibes will be featuring current men’s champion, Joseph Imeh and Otu as their star players.
“We have two mouth-watering ties featuring the best players in the country with all teams evenly matched.” Godwin Kienka, director of the International Tennis Academy said. Adding, “We could not have asked for a better situation.”
The champion team is in line for a N7 million cash prize, the runner-up team N5 million, third place N3 million and fourth place N2 million.