Four teams Tech Vibes of Jos,Goshen of Ilorin, Offikwu and Leadway Assurance are set to battle for the two final spots of the 2018 NCC Tennis League.
According to the schedule released by the International Tennis Academy, organisers of the competition, the first semi-final will be between Team Offikwu and Team Goshen of Ilorin on December 1 and 2 at the Tennis Centre of the National Stadium, Abuja, while the second semifinal, which will take place at the Enugu Sports Club on December 3 and 4, will have Team Leadway Assurance battling Team Tech Vibes for a place in the final.
Enugu will host Joseph Imeh, the current national men’s No 1 player and Sarah Adegoke, the ladies’ champion. Also featuring for both teams are three active former national champions – Thomas Otu for Tech Vibes and Babalola Abdulmumin and Clifford Enosoregbe for Leadway Assurance.
In Abuja, four former champions Christie Agugbom, Sylvester Emmanuel, Henry Atseye and ShehuLawal will be playing for Team Offikwu while Blessing Samuel who is on the verge of winning three national tournaments in a row will lead the Team Goshen challenge.
“We hope that a full week’s rest will do our top players a lot of good and make them play their best games for the tennis fans in Abuja and Enugu. These are players coming from two straight weeks of national tournaments, so we hope the rest will help them recover well,” Godwin Kienka, director of the ITA said.
The third-place tie for the losing semi-finalists and the championship tie, scheduled for the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, will hold from December 6 to 9.
The NCC Tennis League has a prize money of N7m for the winners.