By Ebenezer Osamo –
Nigerian wheelchair tennis players began their African Championship defence with a resounding 3-0 victory over hosts, Kenya on Thursday afternoon.
The six-nation tournament which also serves as the African regional qualifiers for the World Team cup Group II, pitched Nigeria against Kenya and Egypt in Group I.
Seeded number two for the tourney, Nigeria won in two singles’ matches and the doubles in the first match decided yesterday.
Wasiu Yusuf walloped his opponent, Rajabu Abdalah 6-0, 6-0 while Alex Adewale also proved too strong for his Kenyan counterpart, Caleb Odiyo, as he walloped him 6-0, 6-1.
In the doubles’ match, Wasiu Yusuf partnered Alex Adewale to drub the Kenyan pair of Peter Nunove and Caleb Odiyo in straight sets of 6-0,6-2.
Coach of the Nigerian side who made this information available to our correspondent, Frank Termena, expressed optimism that his wards will deliver the ‘goods’ as the event progresses.
Speaking with eyeonthesport.com from Kenya, he said: “The players did not stress themselves in the first match, so they are ready again to do battle today.
“I am sure that the players are battle ready to defeat any opposition that comes our way in this tournament. We are the defending champions and we cannot afford to exit the tourney at this stage”.
Nigeria face Egypt in the second group match today, to decide who tops the group before advancing to the knockout stage of the annual competition.