TEAM Nigeria continued to justify
its high rating at the 2018 ITF/CAT
West and Central Africa Junior
Championship Qualifiers in Togo as
four of its players set up semifinal
meetings in the boy’s 16 and under
as well as the boys’ 14 and under
categories.
It means the country is guaranteed a
place in the finals of the two categories
of the tournament it has emerged as
overall winners since 2012.
Fast-rising youngster, Matthew
Abamu, upset tournament’s second
seed, Paul Wamba of Cameroun, 6-3,
6-1 in the quarterfinal and the win
will now see him battle his compatriot
Friday Gabriel in the semifinal of the
boys’ 16 and under.
Kaduna-based Gabriel puts up a
brilliant display against third seed,
Suleiman Ouatarra of Cote d’Ivoire to
win 6-2, 6-0.
The same scenario played out in
the boys’ 14 and under category as
Suleiman Ibrahim saw off Ghana’s
Kenneth Adzokadze 7-5, 6-3 to set
up a semifinal confrontation with his
fellow Nigerian Usman Kushimo,
who conquered second-seeded
Richard Okine of Ghana.
Nigeria’s highest-ranked junior
player, Oyinlomo Quadri, was on
top of her game as she eased to a
comfortable 6-0 6-1 win over Frida
Houngbo of Benin Republic to move
closer to the top prize in the girls’ 16
and under, while in the 14 and under,
Marylove Edward, who for the first
time is the top seed at an international
tournament, laid credence to
the form book as she dispatched
Rodia Noudogbessi of Benin with
embarrassing ease triumphing 6-0,
6-0.

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