By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
After months of intensive tennis action across all the geopolitical zones of the country, Team Tech Vibes featuring current men’s champion, Joseph Imeh Thomas Otu, Adehi Ochei, Bala Musa, Aanu Aiyegbusi and Osareme Airhumwhunde recently at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court recorded a 4-0 defeat over team Ofikwu comprising of Sylvester Emmanuel, Christie Agugbom, Henry Atseye, Christian Paul, and Shehu Lawal to be crowned winners of this year’ s Nigeria Communications Tennis League.
Team Leadway Assurance represented by Babalola Abdulmimun, Clifford Enosoregbe,Albert Bicom, Philip Abaypmi and current women champion, Sarah Adegoke came third with Ilorin, Kwara State based Team Goshen comprising of Uche Oparaoji, Emmanuel Sunday, Emmanuel Paul. Joseph Iyorovbe, Musa Bala ,Blessing Samuel and Rachel Adeusi coming fourth.
The champions went home with a cash prize of N7 million, the second placed team won N5 million while the third and fourth placed teams were N3 million and N 2 million richer.
Declaring the league closed, Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbata stated that the Commission is involved in the competition as part of its corporate social responsibility function as well as invest in activities that can help develop the youths.
According to him, the aim of NCC is to engage and empower the youths through the game of tennis, take the game to major cities in the country with the aim of attracting and developing sporting talents to raise the skill level of the players through regular competitions and to enable top players through the prize monies and other incentives launch professional careers.
Special Guest of Honour and Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung while commending NCC for its continuous sponsorship of the tournament. noted that the Ministry is always ready to partner and encourage organisations that take the issue of sports development serious even as he appealed to other organisations to emulate NCC and invest in sports .
The tennis League which has been on for more than six months involved all the top male and female players in the country divided into teams to play in all the major cities in a round robin play-offs, quarter- finals and semi-finals with the grand final taking place in Lagos.