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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the championship is scheduled to hold from March 9 to March 18.
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.
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“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.
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“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.’’
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NAN reports that the junior tennis players are camping at the Open Tennis Court of Package B at the National Stadium, Abuja. (NAN)