November 9, 2015

NNPC Junior Tennis: Toyin Asogba wins first Junior title

NNPC Junior Tennis: Toyin Asogba wins first Junior title

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Fifteen year-old Toyin Asogba from Lagos won her first junior title at the NNPC Junior Tennis championship which ended in Kaduna Sunday by beating Omolayo Bamidele from Ekiti 9-4 in the Girls 16 final.

Asogba who has been a consistent semifinalist from the 14s took full advantage of the absence of bereaved Angel Mcleod and Marylove Edwards, who is sympathising with her rival, to make hay.

“I am very happy to win and lift a trophy for the first time. I hope this victory will give me the confidence to try to beat those ahead of me in the next tournament.” Asogba, who also won the most outstanding player of the tournament, said.

In the Boys 16, homeboy Chris Itodo got his revenge against namesake Chris Bulus from Lagos.

With the help of some loud and passionate home support. Itodo won 9-2 although the score did not tell the full story as most of the games went through several deuces and advantages.

Kaduna also won the Boys 14 through Gabriel Friday who made up for his poor performance at the SNEPCo Juniors three weeks ago where he did not reach the knockout stage. The national 14 and under champion beat his two Abuja based conquerors from last week, Saminu Abubarkar  and Musa Sanni.

Friday came from 3-7 down to beat Abubarkar 9-8 in the semifinals but had an easier ride against Musa Sanni in the finals, winning 9-6.

Suleiman Ibrahim from Abuja won the Boys 12 beating team mate Aliu Abubarkar 9-8.

The final was attended by the President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation Engr Sanni Ndanusa, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Culture represented by the Permanent Secretary Jonah Gandu and Director of Sports, Elisha Samuel Yashim.

The NNPC was represented by Adnan Maje, Deputy Manager Community Relations who said he was “very happy with the organization and surprised at the very high skill level of the young boys and girls.” Adding, “I am sure that the NNPC will continue to support this event.”

The championship is part of the nationwide junior circuit of tournaments organized by the International Tennis Academy.