BY JOHN EGBOKHAN
Nigeria yesterday began its quest to gain promotion to the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group II, with a 2-1 victory over Botswana in Cairo, Egypt.
In yesterday’s Group D round of matches, being played at the Smash Tennis Academy, the Nigerian team, spearheaded by Davis Cup veteran,
Abdulmumuni Babalola, had his hands full against the Botswana team, who fought till the very last game, before losing by the odd score.
In the first singles of the day, beaten finalist at the Central Bank Open, Clifford Enosoregbe won his match but in the second singles, CBN champion, Henry Atsaye was beaten by his Namibian foe, leaving scores tied at 1-1.
With the prospect of losing out on the opening day of the competition increasingly looking imminent, Babalola salvaged the situation for the Nigerian team, with a victory over his Namibian opponent. Babalola’s victory was enough to guarantee Nigeria a 2-1 victory over the Namibians, who are now in danger of not qualifying for the next round.
Nigeria’s second match will be against Zambia today while its squares up against Egypt in the final group match tomorrow.
The winner of the group will battle the winner of Group C for a qualification ticket to play in the 2014 Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group II.