.As African Junior Tennis Championship, AJC Qualifiers Hot Up –
By Ebenezer Osamo/Abuja
Nigeria’s Elizabeth Pam has qualified for the quarter final stage of the second leg of the ongoing Western and Central African qualifiers for the African Junior Championship, AJC holding in Abuja, north-central Nigeria.
Pam, who won her first two matches in the group, lost her third match to Cote d’Ivoire’s Maria Ange Sia 4-6, 2-6, but she garnered enough points to qualify for the next stage of the event in the girls’ U-16 category.
After a very difficult game early Friday, Pam told eyeonthesports.com that she committed a lot of errors during the game.
She explained that she was happy that despite the loss, she still progressed to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
“She played really well and then, I helped her by committing many errors in the match. I am not too disappointed because I already won my other matches before playing against Sia and I am sure that I will make it to the quarter final when they compile the results later,” she said with her British accent.
In the results of matches involving other Nigerians, Sylvester Emmanuel overpowered Pape Gaye from Senegal, 6-0, 6-1, while Benin’s Dominique Gandonou gave Michael Michael from Nigeria a tough time before the latter won the game 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the boys’ U-16 category.
In the boys’ U-14 event, Chidera Anozie of Nigeria faced stiff resistance from Togolese Jacques Sewavi, but conquered him 6-3, 7-6 (5), just as Christopher Itodo from Nigeria outclassed Malian Kouma Bourama 6-2, 6-2.
Meanwhile, ranking process from the first leg of the event was released and Nigeria dominated again in the boys and girls’ categories.
While the boys’ U-16 champion, Michael Michael amassed a total of 150 points to rank as the number one player, his female counterpart in the same age category, Elizabeth Pam gathered 75 points to top the girls’ chart.
Christopher Itodo, also from Nigeria, topped the U-14 for boys after accumulating 150 points while Ella Avomo from Gabon led the girls’ chart in the same age grade.