Joseph Imeh (Team Muller), the hottest player on the Nigerian tennis circuit presently and immediate past national champion, Thomas Otu (Team Ndoma-Egba), would be expected to make vital contributions in the NCC Tennis League semi-final which would serve off today at the Enugu Sports Club this weekend if their teams are to reach the finals and stand any chance if winning the N7million star prize.
Imeh and Otu, playing from the Blue and White groups, respectively, are yet to lose a match in the league after 10 singles matches. They have always contributed two points from the singles and paired a team mate to win the doubles and the mixed doubles.
With both players in very good form, tennis followers would have a huge tennis treat when they meet today and tomorrow, Sunday, November 19.
The tie would, however, be decided by the quality of the back-up singles players and the ladies singles. Here, Team Muller’s Emmanuel Idoko, who lost to Otu in three sets at the Governor’s Cup in Lagos has a slight edge over Emmanuel Paul, the No.2 player for Team Ndoma-Egba. In the ladies, the expected matchup will be between Ronke Akingbade of Team Muller and Aanu Aiyegbusi of Team Ndoma-Egba.
Last year, Aiyegbusi, playing for Team Offikwu, recovered from a set and 1-5 down to beat Akingbade, then of Team Leadway, in the decider in Kaduna. Both players obviously have something to prove and the tennis fans who are storming Enugu from all parts of the South East would have a tennis feast on their hands.
Organisers have also promised that many spectators would go away with some goodies like smart phones – which would be won through raffle draws, recharge cards and tennis caps.
Matches are expected to start at 10 am on both days.