Abuja - National Junior Tennis Coach Ubale Mohammed says
Nigerians should expect a good performance from the country’s representatives
to the main African Junior Championship (AJC) in Pretoria, South Africa.
The championship is scheduled to hold from March 9 to March
Mohammed, who gave the assurance in an interview with NAN on
Monday in Abuja, said that the nation’s contingent would travel to South Africa
early enough to begin training for four days ahead of the tournament.
“We will be leaving on the 5th of March so we will be having
four days’ training session in South Africa because they have a high altitude,
so we need to go their early.
“If you look at it, the way the ball bounces and the ball
they use over there are a bit different compared to what we use here because of
the altitude there.
“Nigerians should expect a good result because we’ve been
there before and the players are in good shape and we need Nigerians prayers.’’
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He added that the six junior tennis players are in camp in
Nigeria for 10 days while two of their foreign-based players will join them in
South Africa for the championship.
“Right now, we have six juniors in camp while the remaining
two will be coming from Morocco and Tayo Adetunji, who is based in South
Africa, will join us.
“We have in the Under-16 boys (category), Itodo Christopher
and Bulus Christopher; and then in the Under-14 boys (category) we have Gabriel
Friday and Michael Oshewa.
“Then in the Under-16 girls (category) Adetayo Adetunji and
Angel Macloed, while in the Under-14 girls (category) we have Barakat Qaudri
and Marylove Edward.’’
The junior tennis players are camping at the Open Tennis
Court of Package B at the National Stadium, Abuja.
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