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Ikoyi outstrokes Accra Tennis Club

By Jacob Ajom
The Nigeria-Ghana rivalry was rekindled at the weekend in Lagos when the Accra Tennis Club visited Ikoyi Club 1938 Tennis section for the 2009 Nigeria-Ghana International Tennis Tournament.

True to tradition, the host club won the series with a 10-7 margin, overall. The visitors won the last edition which they hosted in Accra last year.

Ikoyi Club Tennis Section organised the 10th edition of Nigeria-Ghana International Tennis Tournament between Ikoyi Club Tennis Section and Accra Tennis Club at Ikoyi Club Tennis Section, Lagos. Godwin Kienka of Ikoyi Club, Tennis Section in their doubles game against Accra Tennis Club players, they lost 4-6,6-2,3-6.  Photo by Sylva Eleanya
Ikoyi Club Tennis Section organised the 10th edition of Nigeria-Ghana International Tennis Tournament between Ikoyi Club Tennis Section and Accra Tennis Club at Ikoyi Club Tennis Section, Lagos. Godwin Kienka of Ikoyi Club, Tennis Section in their doubles game against Accra Tennis Club players, they lost 4-6,6-2,3-6. Photo by Sylva Eleanya

Top seed, Bimbo Okubena led Ikoyi Club to victory in the singles as he dismissed Eric Douna of Accra Tennis club in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Prince Walter Eze also had the upper hand over Patrick Bankah with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

In the super veterans category, Godwin Kienka overwhelmed Accra’s Peter Annan in straight sets just as Edet Akpaso dismissed Njii Botchway

The Ghanaian ladies were up in arms against their Nigerian counterparts. Julie Shawn beat Coleman Smith 6-1, 6-2 while Clara Falase lost to Abi Odoi of Ghana.

Chairman of the Tennis section Ikoyi Club 1938, Chike Orjiakor said the event was a monumental success as everything went according to plan.

Captain of the Accra Tennis Club, Charles Sagoe said, “it was a terrific event. We are happy to experience this friendliness. We feel grateful to our hosts.”

The Ghanaian, however, said that countries in the ECOWAS sub-region must do something more concrete about free movement of citizens across the borders. “That is where the problem is.”


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