Nigeria lost 3-0 to Tunisia in the second tie of their Davis Cup Africa Group III campaign in Nairobi on Thursday.
Emmanuel Idoko took to court for Nigeria in the first singles rubber against Aziz Ouakaa, but went down 6-4, 6-4 to the Tunisian in an hour and 21 minutes. A break in the tenth game of the opening set gave Oukaa the first set win. Idoko, however, would open a 4-1 lead in the second set, but fail to sustain it, as Ouakaa put his foot down to win the next 5 games and close out the rubber.
In the second singles rubber, Skander Mansouri proved too much for Emmaneul Audu, winning 6-3, 6-2, to give his team the unassailable lead. Thereafter, the duo of Malek Jaziri and Aziz Dougaz sealed the tie, with a 6-2, 7-6(2) victory over the pair of Emmaneul Audu and Emmanuel Idoko in the doubles rubber.
Having lost in all two ties played so far, Nigeria will look to record their first victory, when they face Mozambique in the third tie on Friday.
Mozambique, led by 40-year-old Franco Mata, Bruno Nhavene, Jaime Sigauque and Ataide Suca, began their campaign with a 3-0 loss to Tunisia on Wednesday, but bounced back on Thursday to beat Namibia 2-1 and move into third place on the log. It will be a first-time between Nigeria and Mozambique at the Davis Cup.
In the other Friday tie, table-toppers, Tunisia will take on second-placed team, Namibia.