Teenage tennis sensation, Oyinlomo Quadri, was pivotal to Team Offikwu’s success at the NCC Tennis League, which ended yesterday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Kaduna-based Team Offikwu yesterday in Lagos completed their fairy tale run by beating defending champions, Team Tombim, 4-2 to clinch the 2016 NCC Tennis League Cup.
In a tight but exciting tie played at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club and watched by former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, Team Offikwu took the two reverse singles to put the tie beyond the reach of defending champions.
The team, which debuted this year, had recovered from 2 -0 down on Saturday to level the tie 2 -2 and yesterday the young team took the two reverse singles to make the last mixed doubles match inconsequential.
Sylvester Emmanuel, the arrowhead of the “comeback kids” once again proved to be the match-winner when he beat national champion, Moses Michael, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 in what proved to be the final match. Albert Bicom had earlier beaten Emmanuel Paul 6-4, 6-4.
In his remarks, Dalung praised the level of organisation of the competition, saying the success of the NCC Tennis League is a testimony that sports in Nigeria is better off being private sector driven.
“The competition was taken to all the zones of the Federation, offered huge prize monies which made several young men and women millionaires with no kobo coming from government. This is a good example for the Sports Federations to follow.” Dalung said.