The Nigerian representatives won six gold, five silver and a bronze medals as the curtain was drawn on the first leg of the annual event yesterday morning.
Gabon placed second while Togo was in the third place with 1-1-0 and 1-1-1 respectively. Gabon’s gold came in the boy’s 14 and under singles hence they were rated ahead of the West Africans who won their gold in a doubles match partnering Benin.
The result is best outing by Nigeria in the ITF/CAT Africa Junior Championship for West and Central African qualifiers, as no fewer than four of the country’s players were through to the next round of the second phase of the event which also got underway yesterday.
NTF president Engr. Sani Ndanusa pledged that the performance will be a stepping stone for the total development of tennis in the country while LOC chairman Balele Kurfi said the success enjoyed by Nigeria is because of the excellent planning and commitment on the part of the organising officials and coaches.
National junior coach Mohammed Ubale stated that the players are hungry for success and said they will be pushed for a better performance at the AJC final billed for March in Nairobi, Kenya.