By Ebenezer Osamo
Engr. Sani Ndanusa, President, Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, has commended Team Nigeria for an outstanding performance at the just concluded African Junior Tennis Championship, AJTC in Tunisia.
The players and their coach returned to the country on Monday morning after winning only a bronze medal at the two-legged event held in the North African country.
But, Ndanusa, the immediate past President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, who was in Tunisia with the players, expressed great delight at the vast improvement recorded by the youngsters.
“You could see that we made it to the quarterfinals of three different events and the semis of another event. That result has shown to everybody that we were not just in that country to make up the numbers.
“We shall have more developmental projects which will bring out the best in these youngsters as well as new ones who will complement the already established junior teams,” he told eyeonthesports.com.
The national junior tennis coach, Mohammed Ubale also commended the players’ performance, noting that the players got high ratings and made it far in the competition as against previous standings.
The Nigerian Boys’ U-14 star player, Michael Osewa, got to the semi final in the Singles’ event and eventually won bronze for his efforts.
There were also appearances in the Girls U-16 Q/final, Boys’ U-14 Doubles’ Q/final as well as Boys’ U-16 Q/final which the coach was really excited about, especially when the players did not start preparations early.
“I must tell you sincerely that the players did very well. They put up brave performances despite the cold in that region. I was very happy particularly for the performance and improvement of Michael Osewa, who won a bronze medal for us.
“The AJTC proper is always very tough because of the quality of players that are present there, but we went there and showed that we are capable of ruling Africa in no distant future,” an excited Ubale said.
Our correspondent scooped also, that Osewa’s bronze medal feat at the annual event, the only medal for a West African country at the tournament, may have earned him an ITF scholarship for outstanding players.