By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
The first junior player to reach the semifinals of the CBN Senior Championship five years ago, Onyeka Mbanu, said today in Ibadan that he plans to use the NCC Tennis League to revive his tennis career.
Mbanu who, along with Christian Paul, Moses Michael, Samuel Omoile and Sylvester Emmanuel, among others, used the platform of the ITA Junior Circuit to launch their tennis careers, veered into music and entertainment.
“I know what my potential is, but with this opportunity to practice and compete regularly I am sure I can get my game back and challenge for titles.
“I am sure we (Team VGC Lions) shall defeat Team Oluyole and then prepare to give the big teams in the group like Team Muller, Team Civil Defence and Team Kalotari a good game.”
Mbanu will be supported by former U-18 champion Martins Abamu, who reached the third round of the 2017 CBN Senior Championships.
The ladies’ match between Lovette Donatus of VGC Lions, a top 20 player and Colleen Orji of Team Oluyole promises to be a star match, as Orji has the reputation of confounding her opponents with her unorthodox but resilient play.
The tie which will take place at the Adamasingba Stadium Tennis Courts is slated to serve off at 10 am.
The second tie for the week will take place at the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin, between team Kalotari of Port Harcourt and Team Optiwebb.
Tennis fans in Ilorin will have the opportunity of hosting top tennis stars like Christian Paul, Emmanuel Sunday and Blessing Samuel, all top 10 players who play for the Port Harcourt based team.
Team Optiwebb lead by Emmanuel Ekakah, is making their debut in the competition.