The Nigerian boys’ team will seek to remain on course in their bid to secure qualification to the AJC Finals in Morocco, when they square off against the Ghanaians in the semifinals at the Tennis Club de l’Amitié in Cotonou on Saturday.
Having won two of three ties in Group B of the boys category, the boys finished behind table-toppers, Benin Republic, who were unbeaten in the round robin phase. As a result, Nigeria will face Group A winners, Ghana in the semifinals, while Benin Republic will take on Mali, runners-up in Group A, in the other semifinal.
The winners of the semi-finals will go through to a final match to determine the boys’ team that will qualify for the AJC Finals scheduled for September in Morocco.
In the girls’ category, the Nigerian girls, who were third in their Group, will play Gabon, the bottom-placed team in the other group, on Saturday. The Nigerians will fancy their chances of victory against Gabon, who were heavily beaten by Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo during the round-robin phase of the competition.
The girls can no longer qualify for the Africa Junior Finals in Morocco, but they will hope to finish the qualifiers on a high by beating the Gabonese team in the classification match.
The boys’ and girls’ matches are on Court 1 at the Tennis Club de l’Amitié, with the boys’ taking to court first, and the girls’ following later.