2nd April, 2013
National coach of Nigeria’s junior tennis Team, Ubale Mohammed has said that his players’ poor performance at the recently concluded African Junior Tennis Championship, AJC was caused by inexperience.
Ubale who spoke with P.M.NEWS Tennis Special on arrival from Kenya, said that the championship was moved from an earlier scheduled date and it affected the attendance of other top players who were writing examinations.
According to him: “The tournament was brought forward contrary to the agreed date and this affected my players’ performance because we could only go with two players instead of six of them that qualified.”
“Only Rotimi and Adetayo Adetunji, both based in South Africa went with us. Their performance was good because it was their first time but we would have done better if we had gone with others who could not make it because they were writing examinations in their various schools” Ubale noted.
The tennis coach further eulogised the Adetunji sisters, tipping them for future greatness while also commending the Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF President, Engr. Sani Ndanusa for ensuring their participation at the championship.
“For one of the girls to have gotten to the quarter-final stage on her debut showed that they are players for the future. So, they did really well and I believe that we can only get better with time.”
“Moreso, the president and his vice really did well to ensure that we travelled if not, there wasn’t any any form of sponsorship” he explained.
The African Junior Tennis Championship was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 18-23 March, 2013.