Nigeria is set for the 2015 ITF/CAT African U-18 Tennis Championship holding from April 5 to 10 in Cairo, Egypt with Melissia Ifidzen, a Russian-born player, included in Nigeria’s five-man team.
The 16-year-old, who lives in Moscow, agreed to play for Nigeria following talks between the President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, Sani Ndanusa, and the Nigerian father of the teenager. Melissia is born of a Russian mother.
“I’m happy to tell you that we will be going to the tournament in Egypt with lots of promising players, among them is the 16-year-old Melissia Ifidzen,” Mohammed Ubale, Nigeria junior tennis coach, said, “I have seen some of the tapes of her matches and she has what it takes to be a champion.”
Other members of the team for the clay-court tournament are London-based Elizabeth Garos-Pam, Adetayo Adetunji, who is based in South Africa, Angel Macleod and Sunday Emmanuel.
Ubale, who is scheduled to travel to Egypt on Saturday, said the team looked promising and would be buoyed by the fact that Nigeria had a memorable outing at the just-concluded Africa Junior Tennis Championship for the U-14 and U-16, where Michael Osewa won a bronze.
“This is one of the strongest teams that Nigerian will be presenting for the championship in recent years. For instance, Elizabeth (Garos-Pam) has improved so much in the last year and she is now ranked in the top 400 in the world. She stands a very good chance to excel in Cairo,” he stated.
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(via The Punch)