Babalola, Lawal, Others Jostle For Maputo Games’ Slots


Preparation of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, for the forthcoming All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, has reached an advance stage, as 24 players comprising male and female are currently jostling for the slots to feature for Team Nigeria at the Games.

This was revealed to Tennis Special by the national coach of the NTF, Rotimi Akinloye, who said that the players are sweating it out at the Abuja stadium camp ahead of the Maputo Games.

Coach Akinloye stated that the target of the federation is to surpass Nigeria’s past record at the All Africa Games especially the Algiers 2007 Games, where the country garnered three gold medals in tennis.

“We are working hard to sustain and surpass our past records of three gold medals won at the last edition of the All Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria,” said Akinloye.

The tennis coach, however, said that the team also needs luck to achieve this feat as the NTF and the technical crew of the federation are leaving nothing to chance to ensure that Nigeria has a good outing at the Maputo Games.

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‘‘Our success depends on luck because we have done our best in terms of preparation. We are praying for Motherluck to shine on us,” he said.

The national coach made it known that the aim of all the players in the camp is to make the final list to the Games in Maputo and win medals for the nation, saying that out of the 24 players, six male and six female will be shortlisted .

‘‘The aim of our players is to make the final list to Maputo and win medals for our dear country because we cannot take everybody to the African championship,’’ he stated.

Some of the top players in camp are Shehu Lawal, Abdulmumini Babalola, Cliford Enosorogbe and Sunday Emmanuel in the male category, while Fatima Abinu, Blessing Samuel and Anu Aiyegbusi are topping the names in the female category.