Emmanuel Idoko, playing the No.2 singles for Team Muller also did his bit by upsetting Babalola in the second singles 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.The three points for Team Civil Defence came from national ladies’ champion, Christie Agugbom, who defeated Ronke Akingbade 6-2, 6-3; Enosoregbe, who beat Idoko 7-5, 6-3 in the first singles and the mixed doubles where Babalola and Agugbom triumphed over Idoko and Akingbade 6-3, 6-2.
The pulsating tie, which has set a very good tone for the 2017 tennis league, was preceded by a well-attended opening ceremony, which had the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udo-Udoma, a tennis player and multi-talented sports person in his hay days, serve off the event.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, who served off the event last year was away in Uganda attending the African Union ministerial conference.
“This very laudable private initiative,” Udo- Udoma said in his speech, “is exactly the direction this government wants to go by allowing the private sector lead development in the major sectors of the economy. Sports has an enormous capacity to engage our youth, create jobs and earn good foreign exchange that would grow our economy. It is projects like this that can bring out the sporting talent in our youth.
“I, therefore, commend the NCC for this investment in our youth and Godwin Kienka and his team for doing such a good job.”The NCC Tennis League will continue this weekend with ties in Ibadan and Ilorin.
Team Oluyole will host Team VGC Lions of Lagos at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan while Team Optiwebb of Ilorin will take on Team Kalotari of Port Harcourt at the Kwara Stadium.
Source: The Guardian