By John Egbokhan
Almost three months after the unprovoked and gruesome murder of her mother, Beauty Nwankwo, youth tennis sensation, Angel Macleod is deeply concerned about the non-burial of the deceased, who was felled by the bullets of a mobile policeman in Victoria Island.
The killer cop, is standing trial in a Lagos Court, which the 14 year old tennis player believes is a clear case of premeditated murder and should attract the ultimate punishment for extinguishing the life of the 38 years old single mother of one, who before her demise, did everything within her powers to make Angel the best young tennis player within her age bracket in the country.
Speaking with Sports Vanguard on the sidelines of the final of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Futures at the weekend, Angel expressed concern over the long delay in burying her mother, who she said was not resting in peace because of the protracted delay.
“In countries like India, they burn the dead without unnecessary delays. Even in Nigeria, they don’t waste time to bury young persons. My mother was a young woman when she died, so I was expecting a quick burial. But it is taking forever for her to be buried and her soul is not resting in peace. I feel her spirit moving about”, said Angel.
She is also worried stiff over her career tennis, which she confessed, has hit a snag since the demise of the only parent she knew, making her to turn to the founder of the Chevron Tennis Academy, Chris Enahoro, to help make good her dream of going to the International Tennis Federation High Performance Centre in Morocco.
“I am praying that Mr Chris will be able to send me to Morocco to team up with Oyin Quadre. Mr Chris is a good man, who cares for players. He is a father of all and I hope he will use his rich network to secure the funds to send me to Morocco because since my mother died, everything has been going down”, said Angel.
If her dream to go to Morocco comes true, it will bring to two the number of Nigerian girls who are in the High Performance Centre, courtesy of Enahoro and some members of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Quadre’s trip to the renowned tennis centre was engineered by Enahoro, who pooled together funds contributed by some members of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC) to send one of Nigeria’s top talents in the junior game to Morocco.
Incontrovertible evidence in Sports Vanguard’s possession shows that Quadre’s trip was financed by funds contributed by some members of the LLTC, putting to rest insinuations that Quadre’s trip was made possible by the Nigeria Tennis Federation.