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Abridged Governor’s Cup: Tough Opponents Await Nigerian Players

Despite the fact that this year’s Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship is an invitational tournament for players within the African continent, Nigerian players will sweat it out against the top players being invited for the championship.
A cross section of spectators at the Lagos Governor’s Cup
According to the list of male and female players sent to Naija Tennis Special by the Secretary of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, Mrs. Gloria Ukwemkpu, Africa’s number three male tennis player, Mohammed Safwat, Sabry Sherif, both from Egypt; Garanganga Takanyi from Zimbabwe and Ruan Roelofse of South Africa and a former winner top the male log of players for the Etisalat Nigeria and FCMB sponsored event.
In the female category, Africa’s number one player, Chanelle Sheepers, Simmond Channel, Razafimhatratra Zarah from Madagascar, all former stars of the Governor’s Cup, will lead the charge for the prize money which will be disclosed in the coming weeks.
The Nigerian contingent is led by Clifford Enosoregge, Abdulmumuni Babalola, Atseye Henry, Shehu Lawal, Otu John, among others. The Nigerian ladies will be led by Sarah Adegoke, Samuel Blessing, Agugbom Christine, Akingbade Ronke and youngster Elizabeth Pam.
With the list of about 64 players being released by the NTF, it is not clear whether the players will have to slug it out in a qualifying series or go straight into action as this is contrary to earlier information by the Tournament Director, Prince Wale Oladunjoye, that, “it will be a pool of 32 players; 12 Nigerian players and 20 other invited players from other parts of Africa.”
Here is the list in full:
Nigerian Female Players
1.    Adegoke Sarah
2.    Samuel Blessing
3.    Agugbom Christy
4.    Akingbade Ronke
5.    Pam Elizabeth
6.    Kienka Loila
7.    Aiyegbusi Aanu
8.    Donatus Loveth
9.    Airhunwunde Osariemen
10.  Olowu Bukola
11.  Ebijimi Pauline
12.  Ibrahim Omotayo Osewa
13.  Quadri Aminat
14.  Anuna Blessing
15.  Dirisu Ngozi
16.  Esorae Nosakhaire
1.      Enosoregbe Clifford
2.      Babalola Abdulmumin
3.      Atseye Henry
4.      Shehu Lawal
5.      Otu John
6.      Otu Thomas
7.      Madueke Nonso
8.      Omoile Samuel
9.      Micheal Moses
10.  Imeh Joseph
11.  Balami Umaru
12.  Paul Christian
13.  Emmanuel Sylvester
14.  Adamu Sani
15.  Alade Kehinde
16.  Idoko Emmanuel 
Foreign Players Female
1.                Scheepers Channelle (RSA)
2.         Jabeur Ons (Tunisia)
3.         Simmond Chanel (RSA)
4.         Le-Roux Madrie (RSA)
5.         Fouroclas Natasha (RSA)
6.         Razafinmhtratra  Zarah (Madagascar)
7.         Abou Zekry Ola (Egypt)
8.         Sherif Mayar (Egypt)
9.         Hattingh Ilze (RSA)
10.       Sammons Michelle (RSA)
11.       Grandin Natalie (RSA)
12.       Ibbou Ines (Algeria)
13.       Atit Rita (Morocco)
14.       Hanza Yasmine (Egypt)
15.       Qostal Lina (Morocco)
16.       Andria Marosoa Sandra (Madagascar)
Foreign Players Male
1.         Safwat Mohammed (Egypt)
2.         Sabry Sherif (Egypt)
3.         Garanganga Takanyi (Zimbabwe)
4.         Mark Fynn (Zimbabwe)
5.         Hossam Karim (Egypt)
6.         Kiegou Alexis (Benin)
7.         Roelofse Ruan (RSA)
8.         Gooch Damon (RSA)
9.         Janse Van Rensbury Benjamin (RSA)
10.       El-Amram Reda (Morocco)
11.       Saidu Diallo (Mali)
12.       Tunde Segodo (Benin)
13.       Theophile Segodo (Benin)
14.       Hassan NdaYishmiye (Brundi)
15.       Mamoun Kaim Mohammed (Egypt)
16.       Ira Dunkwda GlynOrly (Burundi)

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