Five Nigerian players are through to the quarter-final of the ongoing Puma ITF Wheelchair Tennis Futures taking place at the National Tennis Centre, Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Expectedly, Alex Adewale and Wasiu Yusuf, the top two Nigerian players, made it to the quarter-finals and they are joined in the last 8 of the round of 16 draws for men by Kazeem Akanbi, William Ukari and Kayode Alabi who all recorded wins in the playoffs yesterday.
All the five Nigerian girls that are featuring in the $3,000 prize-money event are also through to the last eight in the women’s singles with Foluke Shodehinde having a tough task as she faces top seed, Jane Ndenga of Kenya in a quarter-final tie today.
Kafayat Omisore, Tosin Dawodu, Chituru Nwazuzu and Oluwakemi Oluwasegun are the other women representing Nigeria.
Kenya are also represented in the men’s event by two players with Ghana having one and Nigeria’s coach Frank Tarmena is confident that the home boys will excel against their higher ranked rivals.
“The players are in good shape and are raring to go. They have trained so much for this championship and they should be able to handle their foreign counterparts” he said.