2017 NCC Tennis League: Three teams vie for 12th spot, @ playoff, Thursday

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Leader of Team Ofikwu, one of the winning teams in a recent match at the NCC Tennis League being presented with a trophy bu former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme (m) in company of Sports Minister, Soloman Dalung (l)

National Stadium Surulere will light up Thursday as three teams vying for the 12th spot in the play-off of the 2017 NCC League are going to slug it out at the Stadium’s Tennis court.

NCC TENNIS LEAGUE: One of the youths that participated in a recent match in the 2017 NCC Tennis League

The playoff which  involves Team Anambra (Onitsha), Team Oluyole (Ibadan) and Team Police College (Ikeja), will last three days.

These teams, dropped into the play-off event based on their collective team ranking. The Tennis League has a cap of 12 teams.

According to the International Tennis Academy (ITA) – NCC’s organising partners for the League – the matches will be reduced to five matches to enable each tie to finish in one day. The matches to decide each tie are: two men’s singles, one ladies’ singles, one men’s doubles and one mixed doubles.

One of the youths, Miss Oyinlomo-Quadri who also participated in one the matches inNCC tennis league

“We are expecting some very exciting matches as the teams are featuring some very good national and intermediate players.” A statement from the ITA said.

The NCC Tennis League is the first of its kind in Africa. This year, the League is offering consolidated prizesworth N23 million.

Leader of Team Ofikwu (r), one of the winning teams in a recent match at the NCC Tennis League being presented with a trophy bu former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme (m) in company of Sports Minister, Soloman Dalung (l)

The main event will start next weekend with an opening match between star-studded Team Civil Defence featuring Abdulmumuni Babalola, Clifford Enosoregbe and Christie Agugbom; and newcomers Team Muller which has CBN Senior Championship finalist Joseph Imeh, Emma Idoko and Ronke Akingbade on their list.

 

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