Ahead 2015 African Games: Enosoregbe, Airhunmwunde top tennis trials in Abuja
by The Nation
After one-week of trials to select the Nigerian tennis team for the 2015 African Games, Clifford Enosoregbe and Osariemen Airhunmwunde emerged as top players among the 14 players that took part in the exercise.
According to national coach, Rotimi Akinloye, two players – Henry Atseye and Onyeka Mbanu who were part of the team to the 2011 African Games in Mozambique were knocked out of the trials by injuries.
From the eight male players that participated in the selection, the hard-hitting Enosoregbe topped the trials while Moses Michael and Christian Paul finished second and third respectively. Sunday Emmanuel settled for fourth place.
In the women trials, Airhunmwunde emerged as top player while Sara Adegoke, Chrsity Agugbom and Anu Aiyegbusi made the list of top four.
Akinloye, however, said that United Kingdom (UK)-based Elizabeth Pam and Russia-born Melissa Ifidzhen are expected to join the team this week for the final trials that will decide the eventual team to the games.
“All the players that took part in the trials still have chance to make the team because we want to use the trials to know the best. But all the others are on reserves in case any of the players cops an injury. It would be recalled that some of the selected players prior to the 2011 edition and they were later decamped for indiscipline and it was the reserves that went on to do well. So we will surely be on the lookout for all the players until the final list is concluded,” Akinloye told SportingLife.
In 2011, Nigeria finished third with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals while Egypt and Tunisia finished first and second respectively in the tennis event overall medal table.