Monday, 3 April 2017

ITF/CAT African Junior Championships: Nigeria settles for bronze in doubles

Team Nigeria yesterday settled for bronze medal in the doubles event of the 2017 ITF/CAT African Junior Championships holding in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the exit of Matthew Abamu and Michael Osewa in the round of 16 of the boys’ singles event, Marylove Edwards partnered Cameroun’s Lorie Lemongo to claim the only medal for Nigeria after exiting the girls’ U-14 in the last four of the championship. They were beaten by their Egyptian counterpart in the semifinal to settle for bronze medal being the only medal for Nigeria in the competition. Abamu and Osewa who competed in the boys’ U-16 event had fought their way into the last 16 after winning their round of 32 matches, but they met their waterloo in the last 16 to exit the competition. Like her male compatriot – Marylove Edwards waded her way into the quarterfinal but she met a tough opponent in South Africa’s Zoe Kruger. The Nigerian youngster fell 6-0, 6-2 to the South African girl to be bundled out of the girls’ U-14 singles. A not-too-happy national junior coach, Mohammed Ubale told NationSport yesterday that the athletes gave their best but that their best was not enough to take them to the medal zone in the singles. “It is the joy of every coach to win medals and when you don’t achieve this, you are bound to be disappointed. But in all, I think the athletes gave their best and what really worked against us was the inability to compete outside the country before the championship. Most of their opponents have featured in more competitions this year and I hope we can learn from this for future competitions,” Ubale said.


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