Twelve Nigerian junior tennis players are in Accra, Ghana, where they hope to take glory back home after the ongoing ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC).
It promises to be two explosive weeks of exciting youthful tennis, up till April 13, with the Nigerian players competing against their rivals and counterparts from 10 other African countries.
The first round of hostilities for the kids from Nigeria will end on Friday, April 5 at Accra Sports Emporium, with national junior champion, Azeez Solanke leading 11 others in the search for WJC and AJCC top points.
Solanke and his colleagues will aim at global ranking points and the test that lies ahead in the AJCC series, which serves off on April 7.
The national champion, who is the only Nigerian seeded in the boys’ singles’ class, will aim for the title again, having featured in previous editions of the WJC without making it to the podium.
He is joined by Augustine Emmanuel and Abayomi Animashaun in the junior boys’ single and team event, while Jamiu Ayanwale, Taiwo Matti, Musa Mustapha and Mustapha Mustapha are in the cadet team event.
Vivian Oku, Rofiat Jimoh and Iyanuoluwa Falana are in junior girls, while Sukurat Aiyelabegan and Sadiat Akeem are in the cadet girls’ event.
The AJCC serves as qualification for the 2019 World Junior Championship holding later in the year and Nigeria will be returning after missing the last two editions in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.
Besides the team event, the players will battle for honours in the singles and doubles events of the WJC, and the Nigerians will seek to dethrone the defending champions, Egypt.