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Sylvester Emmanuel defeated Moses Michael to salvage a point for Team Offikwu at the NCC Tennis League opening round…on Sunday.

Sylvester Emmanuel defeated Moses Michael to salvage a point for Team Offikwu at the NCC Tennis League opening round…on Sunday.

Team Tombim cruised past Kaduna-based Team Offikwu in their first round robin encounter, winning two out of three matches on Sunday to wrap up the Tie 6-1.

The Abuja-based Team Tombim had on Saturday taken an insurmountable 4-0 lead and went up 5-0 when Edwards Christopher beat Emmanuel Idoko in the first reverse singles 6-2, 6-3.

However, Sylvester Emmanuel, ranked number two, rescued some pride for the Offikwu team by upsetting national champion, Moses Michael, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 (tie break decider) in the second reverse singles.

In the mixed doubles match, which ended proceedings, the Tombim pair of Henry Atseye and Lovette Donatus overcame the Offikwu pair of Albert Bicom and Aanu Aiyegbusi  6-3, 6-4.

The NCC Tennis League continues at three centres next weekend.

Team Anambra will be hosting Team Goshen of Ilorin in Onitsha, CBN Futures will take on Team Kalotari of Port Harcourt at the National Stadium in Lagos and Team FCT will face Team Hope of Asaba in Abuja.

Ten teams are competing in two round robin groups with the top two finishers from each group qualifying for the semifinals.

The NCC Tennis League, the first of its kind in Africa, is offering N7 million in prize money to the winners, N5 million to the runner-up, N3 million to third place and N2 million to the fourth place finishers.


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