The most in-form Nigerian player, Joseph Imeh will have a date with Thomas Otu, the immediate past national champion at the NCC Tennis League semifinal tie taking place at the Enugu Sports Club this weekend if their teams to slug it out for the finals where a jackpot of N7 million awaits the champion team.
Nigerian Tennis Live can report that Imeh and Otu playing from the Blue and White Groups respectively are yet to lose a match in the League after 10 singles matches. They have always contributed two points from the singles and paired a team mate to win the doubles and the mixed doubles.
|Joseph Imeh is presently Nigeria’s hottest player on the circuit and will seek to cement his place as the country’s best at the NCC Tennis League Semis.
With both players in very good form, tennis followers will have a huge tennis treat when they meet on Saturday, 18 November and Sunday, 19 November.
The tie will however be decided by the quality of the backup singles players and the ladies singles. Here, Team Muller’s Emmanuel Idoko who lost to Otu in three sets at the Governor’s Cup in Lagos has a slight edge over Emmanuel Paul, the No.2 player for Team Ndoma–Egba. In the ladies, the expected matchup will be between Ronke Akingbade of Team Muller and Aanu Aiyegbusi of Team Ndoma-Egba.
Last year Aiyegbusi, playing for Team Offikwu, recovered from a set and 1-5 down to beat Akingbade, then of Team Leadway, in the decider in Kaduna. Both players obviously have something to prove and the tennis fans who are storming Enugu from all parts of the South East will have a tennis feast in the hands.
Organisers have also promised that many spectators will go away with some goodies like smart phones – which will be won through raffle draws, recharge cards and tennis caps.
Matches are expected to start at 10 am on both days