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NCC Tennis League Cup stars drag Osinbajo to final

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The quality of tennis being displayed by participants in the on-going NCC Tennis League has compelled Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to book a seat at the final of the competition billed to hold in Lagos this weekend.

The final matches of the competition will feature Kaduna-based surprise finalists, Team Offikwu, against defending champions, Team Tombim of Abuja.

The games will hold on Saturday and Sunday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Race Course, Onikan.

Osinbajo is expected to be at the grand finale starting 12 noon on Sunday as special guest of honour.

Also expected at the grand finale are the former vice president of Nigeria, Sir Alex Ekwueme, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, as well as the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu.

The Chief Executive of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, is attending as the chief host.

Team Offikwu qualified for the finals following a hard fought battle against Team Civil Defence – last year’s runners-up.

Sylvester Emmanuel, the highest ranked Nigerian on the ATP Circuit, who was the star player in the semifinal, would have to reproduce the same form against national champion, Moses Michael and Christian Paul of Team Tombim.

In the ladies singles scheduled for Saturday, Aanu Aiyegbusi, who upset national champion, Christie Agugbom, in straight sets in the semifinals, will have another formidable opponent, Sarah Adegoke, a former national champion to contend with.

Meanwhile, the third place match between Team FCT and Team Civil Defence will serve off today at 10 am at the same venue with two men’s singles, a ladies singles and the men’s doubles.

The third place tie, which will have two former champions, Shehu Lawal Abdulmumuni Babalola, playing for the Civil Defence team against Thomas Otu and Emmanuel Sunday of Team FCT, both semifinalists at the Dala Hard Court, ends on Friday with the reverse singles and the mixed doubles.

The winning team is expected to get N7 million, the runner-up team N5 million, third place N3 million and the fourth place team N2 million.

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