NCC League: Team Offikwu, Muller land in Semi final

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…as Kienka praises standard

Joel Ajayi Abuja.

Team Offikwu has become the first team
to qualify for this year’s Nigeria Communications Commission Tennis League.

The team led by former Nigeria number
one Henry Atseye and Sheu Lawal dispatched Team Ndoma Egba 5-2 at the centre court of Abuja National Stadium at the weekend.

Speaking after the tie between the two
teams, the Coordinator of the League Mr. Godwin Kienka expressed satisfaction with the standard of play.

He said the lowly ranked players have been able to bridge the between them and top ranked player.

Kienka cited the case Paul Emmanuel of
Ndoma Egba won played a set point against top ten ranked Atseye.

“The joy of it is that the top twenty ranked players are closing up with top ten ones.

Even new teams like CBN Futures that
won one match at their first attempt have won three matches this time around through the effort of Marylove.

The juniors are now coming up against
the senior players and this is as a result of new coaches attached to them,” he said.

As for the semifinal rounds, Kienka
said new Team Muller has won all their matches and have only two more against Team Yetade and CBN.

He disclosed that they are one leg into
the semi with the other semi final ticket to be decided between Team Kolatori and Team NCDSC in the Blue group.

Team Ndoma Egba which parades the like of Paul Emmanuel will also qualify depending on how they fair in the remaining matches.

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