By John Egbokhan
Worried by the seeming lack of help for bereaved Nigerian junior tennis champion, Angel Macleod, a board member of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF),
Bala Yesufu has called for the setting up of a Trust Fund to guarantee the tennis career of the distraught teenager.
Nearly four months have passed since a trigger-happy Mobile Policeman guarding a guest house in Victoria Island, allegedly shot and killed Beauty Nwankwo, leaving behind untold hardship for Angel, whose deceased mother was the pillar of her growing tennis success.
The killer cop is standing trial for the murder of the late Nwankwo, whose daughter wants maximum punishment meted out to the person who snuffed life out of her mother.
As the waiting game continues over when justice will be served out to the killer cop, there is a growing fear that Angel’s future may drift into troubled waters as a result of her mother’s demise.
And moved by the conditions that Angel is facing now, Yesufu, a leading tennis stakeholder, has called on real lovers of tennis in the country to rise and be counted in getting Angel’s career back on track, with the setting up a Trust Fund.
Speaking in an interview with Sports Vanguard, Yesufu, the brain behind the now rested and highly successful Heineken Tennis Futures also urged the Inspector General of Police Force, Solomon Arase to offer a Scholarship up to university level to Angel as a token of compensation for the gruesome murder of her mother.
According to Yesufu, “the tennis family should set up a Trust Fund for her. I doubt if the government will want to take care of her. This Trust Fund will be managed by people of impeccable character and the purpose is to drive her career to the highest level because she has a lot of potentials and if well managed, she can be top ten player in the world in the next six years.
‘’The Nigeria Police, whose officer killed her mum should be made to take care of her.
In fact, the Inspector General of Police Force should give Angel scholarship up to University level and enlist her into the Force when she comes of age. This can be accomplished via the Police Academy”, added Yesufu, who is the Director, Government and Corporate Affairs at Cadbury, West Africa.