By Ebenezer Osamo/Kaduna –
As action continues at the NNPC Junior Circuit holding in Kaduna, the youngsters featuring in the tournament are trying to outplay one another in their various age categories.
The players, consisting of boys in the U-16, 14 and 10 categories, began their quest to hoist the trophy last weekend, as they played each other in round robin matches inside the tennis arena of the Murtala Square in Kaduna.
Home-grown talent, Christopher Itodo, who had won his first match against Emmanuel Lucky 9-2 on Tuesday, defeated Kazeem Fadipe 9-1 on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout stage.
Itodo, who has won in the U-14 category in previous editions, will play Charles Igbinovia in the final round robin match, as he hopes to win the NNPC U-16 in Kaduna for the first time.
Sulaimon Jamiu also defeated Michael Abutu 9-1 in one of the boys U-16 matches decided Tuesday.
Benjamin Ayuba lost 3-9 to Gabriel Friday in the boys U-14, while Abdullahi Ajanaku was too strong for Miracle James as he powered to a 9-0 win in the boys U-10.
Moses Sunday lost 6-9 to Jordan Watat, whose dad is from Cameroon, while 9-year old Gabriel Richard dismissed Clement Dickson with a 9-4 win, both in the boys 10 and under.
Richard, according to eyeonthesports.com’s findings, began playing tennis just a little over eight months ago and looked just as impressive with his strokes and volley.
Meanwhile, action for the girls will start later on Wednesday, as the spectators in Kaduna are anticipating a tough duel amongst the girls, especially in the U-14, where youth stars such as Angel McCleod and MaryLove Edwards hold sway.
Attention will also be shifted to the girls U-12, where new entrant, Mary Udoffa and former finalist, Iye Onoja will seek to out-stroke each other.