The six-month long NCC Tennis League is poised for a fitting climax at the Lagos Lawn Tennis
Club with play-off for third and fourth places preceding the championship match.
The third-place tie scheduled for
Thursday,December 7 and Friday, December 8, will be between team Ndoma-Egba of Abuja and last year’s winners Team Offikwu, who were
dethroned by Team Civil Defence in the second semifinals.
The championship tie kicks off on Saturday, December 9 and ends on Sunday, December 10,
with the presentation of prizes and awards.
Organisers of the tourney have promised to make it rewarding and fun for spectators, with
refreshments and raffle draws for great phones.
“Matches are going to start at 10 am each day – Thursday to Saturday – at the Lagos Lawn
Tennis Club and matches would usually last through the evening, with four matches following
each other on the centre court.
This, we expect tennis followers to consider it a picnic where
they get refreshments and, possibly, walk away with a smart phone,” said Godwin Kienka,
director of the International Tennis Academy (ITA), which coordinates the event.
Meanwhile, top players for the third-place match are already in Lagos. Sylvester Emmanuel, Henry Atseye and Sarah Adegoke of Team Offikwu are expected to make up for their botched title defense by winning the consolatory third spot which attracts a N3 million prize money, though they will have to
contend with Team Ndoma-Egba’s Thomas Otu, who recently won the Dala Hard Court
Championship, Emmanuel Paul and Aanu Aiyegbusi who all have their eyes on the bigger prize.