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Kienka, Odegbami win OVH Energy tennis tourney


Godwin Kienka

Godwin and Kalada Kienka defeated Ezomo Imoukhuede and Ishmael Nwokocha 7-5, 6-4 to win the OVH Energy Doubles Tennis Tournament, which came to a colourful end at Ikoyi Club 1938 at the weekend.

Dad, Godwin, and son, Kalada were the favourites as they are ranked fourth and top respectively on the club’s ladder board, but it was the underdogs who were both ranked outside the top 20 that broke in the fifth set to go 4-2 up before a spirited fight back from the Kienkas saw them back on the crucial 10th game to tie 5-5 before wrapping up the set.

They clinched the match by winning the 10th game in the second set much to the cheering of the crowd, led by Ikoyi Club 1938 chairman, Yomi Orenuga.

In the veteran’s doubles, former Nigerian football star, Segun Odegbami paired Olaleye Olowe to beat Charles Attah and Okey Igwe 6-3, 6-1, while Kalada and Maryann Chuks beat Bimbo Okubena and Sharon Momoh 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the mixed doubles title.


Emmanuel Anikebe and Sesan Dada walked over Femi Nedd and Wale Odutola for the Men’s doubles B title.

OVH Energy CEO, Huub Stukman stated that the company was overwhelmed by the success of the event.

“We always support three key legs regarding our CRS principle, which is education, environment and health and throughout this tournament we saw fitness and emotionally stable teams battling out one another. Sponsoring this event also contributed to the health of the people and we are here with you for more years to come.”

Section chairman, Bimbo Okubena, expressed gratitude to the sponsors, commending Stukman and Mr. Femi Tejuosho, the company’s chairman, stating that by promoting tennis, they were promoting health and well being of the people.

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