BY: EMMANUEL ELEBEKE & JUDE OPARA
ABUJA—All is now set for the final of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) National Tennis Championship between the Civil Defense Team and the Abuja based Tombim Team slated to take place in Lagos next month.
Ahead of the epic final, the Tombin team has vowed to avenge the loss it suffered in the hands of its opponents during their last meeting.
In an interview with Vanguard, Captain of the team, Henry Atseye said his team is going for nothing short of the N5 million prize money for the winner of the tournament come Sunday, 8th November, 2015.
‘‘I feel very happy that our hard work has paid off with our qualification for the finals. Our fans should be expecting victory. We are going for that N5 million. I was born and brought up in Lagos and my fans are there for us. Definitely, they are going to cheer us up and we are going to give them the victory.
‘‘Last time, Civil Defense narrowly beat us, but this time around, it wouldn’t happen. We will definitely do our possible best to see how we can conquer them,’’
He urged corporate organizations to assist in training young talents in tennis game.
‘‘We have very good talented players, what they need is exposure because they are not exposed to the ATF tournaments. What they need is ATF exposure. They should have sponsors that could take them to international tournaments.’’
The Tombim Team had at the second semi final game defeated the Team Kolatari of Port Harcourt to clinch the winning points after tensely contested single and double games, at the ultra-modern tennis court of the Abuja National Stadium.
The Team Civil Defense had earlier won the first semi final played in Enugu.