The venue and dates for the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos Holding-backed Davis Cup have just been announced. The Africa Group IV event will be taking place at the Complexe Sportif La Concorde, Brazzaville, in Congo.

The Nigeria side will be joining the host, and 10 other nations to compete in the round-robin. That is, there will be two pools of six teams and the winner of each pool will play-off against the runner-up of the opposite pool to determine which two nations are promoted to Africa Group III in 2022.

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Emmanuel Sunday at the 2019 Davis Cup in Kenya.

From the 21st to the 26th of June 2021, the players from the 12 nations will all compete, on a yet to be confirmed surface (expected to be Hardcourt Outdoors), for a chance to be one of the two teams to be promoted.

The 12 Africa Group IV nations that would play in the Davis Cup are Congo (host), Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Gabon, Senegal, Uganda and, of course, Nigeria.

Meanwhile the Nigerian team of 2019, that played in the Group III, got relegated after a rather disappointing time in Kenya that year, this came after coming very close to securing promotion to Group II in 2018, narrowly losing 2-1 to Namibia in the promotional playoffs.

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Emmanuel Paul and Emmanuel Idoko at the 2019 Davis Cup.

Nigeria’s best Davis Cup performances till date still remains the semifinal finishes in Europe/Africa Zone Group I, in 1988 and 1989. Come June, Nigeria will be making her 35th Davis Cup appearance, having made her debut in 1974.