Nigerians Rush For Gold As AJTC Serves Off

No fewer than three Nigerian players will be in action on Wednesday, 12 March, as the 2015 Africa Junior Tennis Championship serves off in Tunis, capital city of Tunisia.
National junior tennis coach Mohammed Ubale, who led the nine-man team including eight players, admitted that Nigerian players will have to put up an optimum performance if they are to finish in the medal zone due to the pedigree of countries that are featuring in the clay court tournament.
With draws for the matches already made, Ubale while speaking form the North African country, noted that the quality of players from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunisia amongst others, means that victory will not be achieved on a platter of gold by the Nigerian players who dominated the West and Central African championship held in Togo in January.
He said: “The AJC is a gathering of the best junior players on the continent, and while Nigeria has been the undisputed leading nation in the West and Central Africa Zone, which consists of about 16 countries, the high standard of players from across Africa means we have to be at our best to make a meaningful impact here in Tunisia”.
Ubale, however, expressed confidence in the form of Oyinlomo Quadri, who accounted for two of Nigeria’s eight gold medals at the qualifier in Lome.
“Oyin is in great form, so is McCleod, who has kept improving since she moved from her base in Dubai to Lagos last year.
“The players just need to push a bit further and must believe that they can compete amongst the best at this level. If they play up to their potentials they will go as far as the medals zone,” Ubale submitted.


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