10th January, 2012
The ongoing nationwide strike declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Civil Society Organisation, CSO, has forced the Nigerian Tennis Federation, NTF, to postpone the camping exercise of the junior players ahead of the Africa Junior Championship, AJC, to Wednesday, 11 January.
The camping exercise was earlier scheduled to begin on Saturday after a trial was staged for the players last Friday, an exercise where over 80 players jostled participated.
Head Coach of the national junior team, Ubale Mohammed, said the federation is expecting 34 players for the Abuja camping to face another trial where 22 players will be selected to represent Nigeria at the African Junior Championship in Burundi.
He added that the technical crew is leaving nothing to chance to ensure that the nation perform very well at the AJC.
“We had a trial on Friday, where over 80 players were involved. We shortlisted 34 players who will undergo another trial for us to make further selection of 22 players. From this we’ll select 12 players who will go to the AJC,”he said.
Coach Mohammed thanked the NTF for creating a conducive atmosphere for the players and members of the technical crew during the camping exercise, adding that the federation has made the job easy for him and other members of the technical crew.
“NTF deserves commendation for making provision for logistics for the players and technical crew. The federation even made the job easy for us during the trial on Friday. It is not easy catering for over 80 players at the trial,” he said
Among players that will be competing for the Nigeria’s 22-man team to the African championship are Emmanuel Idoko, Sarah Adegoke, Joseph Imeh, Micheal Micheal, Udoh Christopher, Mohammed Mohammed and Zainab Oladimeji.