14th October, 2010
Nigerians, who have been camping ahead of the 10th Governorâ€™s Cup Lagos tennisÂ Championship, will hit Lagos today to finalise their preparation for the ITF approvedÂ tournament which serves off this weekend.
Vice President of Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, Yemi Owoseni, disclosed that all theÂ players who have been camping in the last few weeks at four different locations spreadÂ across the country are scheduled to arrive Lagos for the Governorâ€™s Cup, sponsored byÂ Etisalat Nigeria and FCMB Plc.
Owoseni said for the first time since the Governorâ€™s Cup started in 2000, the federationÂ camped the players for a closed preparation that will see them performing well in theÂ two-week championship which ends on 31 October.
The likes of Abdulmumini Babalola, Christy Agugbom, Blessing Samuel and Blessing AnunaÂ were camped in Ekiti State, by Owoseni who sponsored them.
Sunday Emmanuel, Fatima Abinu and Anu Aiyegbusi were in Port Harcourt on the bill of theÂ 1st Vice president of the federation, who is the Speaker of Rivers State House ofÂ Assembly, Tonye Harry.
Shehu Lawal and some other players had their camp in Kaduna, while Candy Idoko who hasÂ been training in Holland on his own bill, is also expected to hit Lagos latest byÂ tomorrow for the competition.
â€œIâ€™m happy to tell Nigerians that the federation has plans for the local players thisÂ year. Thatâ€™s why some board members of the NTF bankrolled the camping of some players.
â€œThis we did to prepare them well so that they will notÂ play second fiddle when theÂ tournament gets underway from this weekend,â€ said the Ekiti State-born tennisÂ administrator, who is optimistic that Nigerian players would perform better in theÂ competition this time around.
â€œTo whom much is given, much is expected. We have given the players a good platform toÂ train and prepare for the Governorâ€™s Cup. It is our expectations that they willÂ reciprocate with a good performance this year.â€