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2016 ITF/CAT Circuit: Nigeria Wins Four Gold Medals In Doubles

Team Nigeria at the ongoing ITF/CAT Junior Championship in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory, on Friday, 15 January, 2016, won four gold and three silver medals in the doubles events.

In the Boys’12&U doubles final, Daniel Adeleye and Sulaiman Ibrahim defeated Kabba of Togo and Kamara of Sierra Leone, while in the Boys’ 14&U, Michael Osewa and Friday Gabriel paired to beat their fellow Nigerians Saminu Abubakar and Musa Sani 7-6 (3), 6-4.

MaryLove Edwards has won her first trophy in an ITF tournament after pairing Oyinlomo Quadri to win the doubles event. Can she make it a double with the Singles’ win?

In the Girls’ 16&U, Adetayo Adetunji combined with Angel McLeod to beat Mattu Kamara of Sierra Leone and Linda Eloundou of Cameroun 6-0, 7-5 to clinch the title while in the 14&u, Barakat Quadri and Marylove Edwards saw off Anna Lumengo and Manuella Eloundou of Cameroon 6-3, 6-4.

Nigeria however, had to settle for silver medals in the Boys’ 16&U as Christopher Itodo and Peter Lawal lost to Dalmas N’tchaa of Benin and Jacques Sewavi of Togo 6-4, 6-2.

It was the same story in the Girls’ 12&U as Timiprie Maxwell and Rebecca Ekpeyong succumbed to Sedjo Coulibaly of Cote d’Ivoire and Indira Maffo Ronkan of Gabon 1-6, 6-4, 10-5.

The final of the tournament which is featuring 12 countries will be played on Saturday with Nigeria competing in the 16&U final for boys and girls while there will  be an all-Nigeria final in the boys’ 14&U singles as Osewa faces Gabriel while Quadri and Edwards clash for the girls’ 14&U title.

The other singles final involving two Nigerians is between Adeleye and Ibrahim in the boys’ 12&U.

The championship which features 10 countries serves as qualifier for the African Junior Championship in Pretoria, South Africa in March.

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