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Champions emerge in NNPC/SNEPCo Junior Tennis Tournament

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for the 2019 U-16 category of the / Junior Tennis Tournament held at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club has emerged.

The just-concluded tournament had Ibrahim from Junior Secondary School, Durumi in Abuja, won the game after losing his first set 3-10 against David Dawariye from Faith Baptist High School, Diobu, Rivers State, finishing 10-4 and 12-10 in a tie break. However, in the Girls U-16 category, Omolayo Bamidele defeated Favour Moses 12-10 and 10-2 in a straight set to become the winner.

In the Boys U-14 category, Ganiyu Mubarak defeated Isaac Danjuma 10-8; 9-11; and 10-6 in a tie break while in the girls’ category, Esther Oni trumped Scholar Out 11-9; 4-10; and 11-9 in a tie break.

Mohammed Idris stunned the spectators defeating Seun Ogunsakin 7-10; 10-7; and 12-10 in a tie back to winner in the Boys U-12 category while Adewusi Faith walloped Favour Amaechi 10-6 and 10-7 in a straight set.

Speaking at the finals of the tournament, the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (), Bayo Ojulari, said: “Today’s event marks yet another important milestone in our partnership with the tournament’s vision of attracting, identifying and developing young talents in the lawn tennis that were conceived by the International Tennis Academy (ITA) for the development of the sport and the good of society.”

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Represented by the company’s Non-Operated Venture Manager, Segun Owolabi, said SNEPCo, with the support of and its co-venture partners were committed to providing opportunities for Nigerian youths not just in education but also in sports.

According to him, SNEPCo since 2013 in collaboration with NNPC and its co-venture partners have invested over N40 million to groom young tennis players that can represent the country at international games. Two former of the NNPC/ tennis championship – Marylove Edwards and Angel McLeod – are currently pursuing professional tennis careers at the prestigious IMG Academy in the USA.

In his remarks at the presentation of trophies to the winners, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, an NNPC subsidiary, Mr Rowland Ewubare, said NNPC was proud to collaborate with SNEPCo in identifying young talent with the potential of making Nigeria proud in global championships.

Ewubare, who was represented by NAPIMS Deputy Manager, Manpower Planning and Human Resources, Mrs Ifeyinwa Mojo-Eyes, said: “We commend SNEPCo for the success of this tournament and will continue to lend our support to worthy ventures like the one that has been showcased today and encourage more in this direction.”

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The 2019 season of the NNPC/SNEPCo Tennis Championship served-off Monday, May 27 at the National Stadium Surulere Tennis Centre with the round-robin playoffs. The championship assembled the best players in three age categories Boys & Girls 16s, 14s and 12s for boys and girls.

Speaking after the match, Suleiman Ibrahim said he breathed through his nose to win his opponent whom he described as a ‘good player’. He also thanked NNPC/SNEPCo for their continued support by their sponsorship of the tournament.

 

PHOTO AND CAPTION

L-R: Runner-up of the Boys U-16 category of the 2019 NNPC/SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship, David Dawariye of Faith Baptist High School, Diobu, Port Harcourt; Deputy Manager, Manpower Planning and Human Resources, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mrs Ifeyinwa Mojo-Eyes; and the winner, Suleiman Ibrahim of Junior Secondary School, Durumi-II, Abuja, after the finals held at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club… recently.

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