Good News: NTF, LOC To Camp 10 Players For 2013 Governor’s Cup

•One of the local players, Abdulmumin Babalola in action during last year’s Governor’s Cup. Photo… Emmanuel Osodi

Abdulmumin Babalola in action

In order to further boost the country’s chances of performing well at this year’s Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship, Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, and the Local Organising Committee, LOC, have decided to camp top ten players in the country ahead of the tournament’s 13th edition which serves off on 13 October at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

The federation’s President, Engr. Sani Ndanusa told P.M.NEWS Tennis Special that since the players is not playing any tournament prior to the tournament sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria, FCMB Plc., LASACO Assurance Plc., CCECC Limited, PLYCON Limited and several other notable companies and individuals, it would just be appropriate to camp the players and prepare them for the tough challenge where they will play against top players from other parts of the world.

•One of the local players, Abdulmumin Babalola in action during last year’s Governor’s Cup. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
•One of the local players, Abdulmumin Babalola in action during last year’s Governor’s Cup. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

According to him, “we shall be camping the top ten players for about two weeks prior to this year’s Governor’s Cup.

“Since they will not be having any competition prior to the commencement of the Governor’s Cup, we want them to be match fit for the championship and also be ready for the rigours of meeting top stars from other parts of the country.”

Ndanusa, who doubles as the president of Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, also explained that the local umpires for the Governor’s Cup will undergo training for effectiveness.

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“We have the support of the LOC of the Governor’s Cup for this training programmes and the camping of the athletes. We expect a good outing from our players this year,” said the former Minister of Sports.

Tournament Director of the Governor’s Cup, Prince Wale Oladunjoye said the LOC is expecting the local players to give the foreign players good fight this year, adding that more emphasis will be laid on the nutrition of the players during the camping.

“During the camping, the players will be properly fed to correct their nutrition and there will be full training to prepare them for the challenges ahead. It will be a two-week exercise. We are expecting that they will have two or three days break before the commencement of the Governor’s Cup. This is a programme of the NTF, but the LOC is supporting so that at the end of the day there will be good results from our players this year.

—Damilare Okunola

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