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Ezeogidiga defies inclement weather to win FHA top tennis title


On a day the heavens chose to shed its tears, Eze Ogidiga Muoto, a veteran of many battles, took to the courts to prove that one can accomplish whatever he wants if he is ready to brave the odds.

It was the final of the 2017 FHA Tennis Club festival sponsored by Brigham Suites Festac Town. A festival that many members of the club and their families looked forward to was heralded by a heavy down pour, which threatened to mar the beautiful programme. But members of the club would have none of the obstacles.

They braved the rain to get on with the competition in which Ogidiga took on defending champion, Ekene Okekearu in the singles finals.


The much anticipated final between two hard hitters started with Okekearu dictating the pace early on, but Ogidiga came from a set down to shock the title holder, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3 in front of vociferous club members, including the president Evans Madu.

The men’s doubles event was won by Innocent Ezemo and Ekene Okekearu, who defeated the pair of Tijani Usman and Emelie Okika. Ezemo also added to his tennis doubles title by retaining his table tennis title with a 3-1 defeat of Amobi Ikeh in the final. A victorious Ezemo praised his opponent for helping to bring out the best in him.

There was no upset in the swimming final as Kenneth Emuzie, also known as ‘The fish,’ retained his title ahead of Samuel Ezenwafor and Francis Ndubuisi, who finished second and third respectively.

Austin Ataga defeated Ifeanyi Nzoiwu to win the veterans category in the tennis section.

Speaking at the event, Captain of the club, Austin Irohzuru commended members for promoting the sporting potential of the club. He described FHA Club as the number one tennis playing club in the country, saying, “Here we eat, drink and sleep tennis. A lot of clubs are afraid of playing us. Every member must play tennis.”

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