The Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, would be on hand to serve-off and declare open the 2nd edition of the NCC Tennis League today, September 10, 2016, at the Tennis Centre of the National Stadium, Abuja.
The ceremony which is scheduled for 10 am prompt, would precede the seven-match cracker between defending champions Team Tombim and Kaduna-based debutants Team Offikwu.
The high-point of the tie has been touted to be that between Nigerian No.1 Michael Moses and No. 2 Sylvester Emmanuel, with both players tied on points on the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) ranking. The winner of the tie could become the nation’s No 1.
Emmanuel holds the Dala Hard Court men’s singles title while Moses won the CBN Seniors Championship.
The ladies’ singles’ match would see No. 3 Anu Aiyegbusi of Team Offikwu take on No 4, Sarah Adegoke, in a game which would see wits, strength and passion on display, given the record of both players.
Former national champ and US-based Sunday Emmanuel, who returned to Nigeria to take part in the league, would have his hands full with upwardly mobile Christian Paul and Moses this weekend.
The convener of the NCC-sponsored league, Godwin Kienka, promised spectators a great game of tennis and a display of passion of the game from all the teams who would be in action this weekend.
Also, Kienka promised that more cities which did not get to see some tennis action last year would host a number of games this year.
The league sponsor, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), is dangling the mouth-watering prize of N7m to the winning team, N5m to the runners-up, N3m to the third-placed team and N2m to the fourth-placed side. The League is also taking top quality tennis to all parts of the country.
The tie would round-up on Sunday, with the reverse singles for men and the ladies singles, as well as the mixed doubles starting from 10 am.