Kaduna Clay Court National Junior Tennis Championship action continued in Kaduna on Wednesday, as players from all parts of the country battle it out in various categories.

In the Boys 14 and Under, third round action went underway and in an interesting turn of events, FCT’s Yahaya Sani roared back from a set down, saving a match point in the process, to defeat top seed, Mubarak Ganiyu 1-4, 4-2, 6-4.

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The moment Yahaya Sani secured victory.

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Mubarak being consoled by his Coach.

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Mubarak Ganiyu congratulates Sani while he celebrates.

Kaduna Clay Court: FCT players dominate Day 2 as tournament enters Quarterfinal stage

Against all odds, Yahaya Sani is into the Quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, second seed, Seun Ogunsakin didn’t have any trouble heading into the Quarter-finals after defeating Rahman Zayan in an easy 4-2, 4-0. Ekiti’s Ogunsakin, popularly called ‘Nadal’ by his admirers, will next face a familar foe in Lucky Danjuma for a place in the semifinals. Danjuma needed a match tie-break to defeat Emeka Ogunjiofor 4-2, 2-4, 7-5.

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Seun Ogunsakin in action on Wednesday.

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Lucky Danjuma in action against Emeka Ogunjiofor.

Also, three other players from FCT defeated their opponents to join Yahaya Sani and Lucky Danjuma in the Quarter-finals. With two FCT players facing themselves in the next round, one player from the state is guaranteed to play in the Boys 14 and Under semifinals.

In the Girls 14 and Under category, the top four seeds all put in impressive performances to secure a spot in the Quarter-finals.

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Imole Afolabi in action in her 2nd Round Match.

Top seed, Imole Afolabi from Oyo, had a bit of trouble against Nenrotmun Polycap, but still managed to clinch a 4-1, 2-4, 7-5 win, While fourth seed Khadijat Mohammed survived a tough first set before defeating Eunice Iorlumun 5-4(5), 4-2.

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Khadijat Mohammed returns a ball against Eunice Iorlumun.

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Eunice Iorlumun gave a good fight against her opponent.

Meanwhile second and third seed, Faith Adeusi and Salamatu Haruna both dismissed Alice Paul and Benita Beunyen respectively, with the same scoreline, 4-0, 4-0.

In the Boys 16 and Under, seeded one, Canice Abua eased past Unity Augustine in a one-sided 4-0, 4-0 win. Abua, who is from FCT, won the ITF Juniors(1st week) and National Youth Games Gold last year.

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Canice Abua prepares for a volley.

Second seed, Suleiman Ibrahim claimed an easy 4-0, 4-1 win over Oyo player, Atanda Qayum. Both Abua and Ibrahim participated in this year’s CBN Senior Open, where they made it to the second round.

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Suleiman Ibrahim in action against Meni Irimiya.

In the 2nd round of the Boys 16 and Under, Canice Abua continued his fine form as he defeated Kaduna’s Adamu Jibril 5-3, 5-3, before Suleiman Ibrahim, representing Kaduna, clinched his quarterfinal spot with a 4-1, 5-3 win over Meni Irimiya.

In other Boys 16 matches, third and fourth seeds also defeated their opponents to advance into the next round. Third seed, Michael Akpan from FCT eased past Ojente Friday, who is also from FCT in a 4-1, 4-2 win. While, Oyo State’s Michael Akinmusire(fourth seed) thrashed Taraba player, Martin Michael 4-1, 4-1.

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Michael Akpan in action.

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Michael Akinmusire in action.


Some other Important moments from Day 2.

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From L-R: Former Chairman, Kogi State Tennis Association, Mr Mohammed Ohinoyi, Chairman Nassarawa State Tennis Association Mallam Babanrabi, Chairman Plateau State Tennis Association, Barrister Ayuba Nuhu. They all came to enjoy the tournament.

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Groundsman at work!

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Service Line being cleared.

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Groundsman wetting the court.


See the Complete Results from Day 2 Below.

BOYS 14 and UNDER – 3rd ROUND

Yahaya Sani(FCT) bt. Mubarak Ganiyu(Oyo) 1-4, 4-2, 6-4
Michael Nekekpemi(FCT) bt. Muhammed Abdulhamid(Plateau) 4-0, 4-2
Elisha Kwange(Niger) bt. Shalom Simon(Nassarawa) 4-0, 4-1
Ezekiel Azi(FCT) bt. Ikenna Okonkwo(Delta) 4-1, 4-2
Mohammed Idris(FCT) bt. Francis Ezra(Nassarawa) 4-0, 4-0
Paul Okonkwo(Delta) bt. Mohammed Sani(Kano) 4-2, 5-3
Seun Ogunsakin(Ekiti) bt. Rahman Zayan(Ondo) 4-2, 4-0
Lucky Danjuma(FCT) bt. Emeka Ogunjiofor(Oyo) 4-2, 2-4, 7-5


GIRLS 14 and UNDER – 2nd ROUND

Imole Afolabi(Oyo) bt. Nenrotmun Polycap(Plateau) 4-1, 2-4, 7-5
Mercy Monday(Plateau) bt. Mnena Iorlumun(Benue) 5-3, 4-2
Salamatu Haruna(FCT) bt. Benita Buenyen(Plateau) 4-0, 4-0
Success Ogunjobi(Ekiti) bt. Sunmisola Okajare(FCT) 4-1, 4-1
Favour Godwin(FCT) bt. Rokibat Taiwo(Oyo) 4-1, 4-2
Khadijat Mohammed(Kaduna) bt. Eunice Iorlumun(Benue) 5-4(5), 4-2
Favour Odey(Plateau) bt. Love Augustine(Niger) 5-3, 4-1
Faith Adeusi(Ekiti) bt. Alice Paul(Ondo) 4-0, 4-0


BOYS 16 and UNDER – 1st ROUND

Canice Abua(FCT) bt. Unity Augustine(Niger) 4-0, 4-0
Adamu Jibril(Kaduna) bt. Benjamin James(Plateau) 4-1, 4-1
Daylop David(Taraba) bt. Alizaga Musa(Nassarawa) 4-2, 2-4, 5-3
Muhammed Dahiru(FCT) bt. Clement Dickson(Kaduna) 4-2, 4-0
Michael Akinmusire(Oyo) bt. Cyril Abraham(Nassarawa) 4-0, 4-1
Martin Michael(Taraba) bt. Usman Danhalilu(Katsina) 4-1, 4-2
Olalekan Moses(Ondo) bt. Sylvin Yakubu(Kaduna) 4-0, 4-0
Isaac Danjuma(FCT) bt. Usman Abubakar(Kebbi) 4-0, 4-2
Mnafred Solomon(Taraba) WO Oyelade Gbolahan(Ekiti)
Muhammed Abdulsalam(Kaduna) bt. Sabo Abdulrasaq(Adamawa) 4-0, 4-0
Ojente Friday(FCT) bt. Joseph Abednego(Nassarawa) 4-1, 4-0
Michael Akpan(FCT) bt. Vincent Destiny(Kaduna) 4-0, 4-2
Abubakar Yusuf(FCT) bt. Adisa Imole(Ondo) 4-1, 4-1
Saidu Sani(FCT) bt. Abubakar Hayat(Kaduna) 4-1, 4-0
Meni Irimiya(Benue) bt. Sadiq Abubakar(Niger) 5-3, 5-3
Suleiman Ibrahim(Kaduna) bt. Atanda Qayum(Oyo) 4-0, 4-1


BOYS 16 and UNDER – 2nd ROUND

Canice Abua(FCT) bt. Adamu Jibril(Kaduna) 5-3, 5-3
Muhammed Dahiru(FCT) bt. Daylop David(Taraba) 4-1, 4-0
Michael Akinmusire(Oyo) bt. Martin Michael(Taraba) 4-1, 4-1
Olalekan Moses(Ondo) bt. Isaac Danjuma(FCT) 4-2, 1-4, 5-3
Muhammed Abdulsalam(Kaduna) bt. Mnafred Solomon(Taraba) 4-1, 4-1
Michael Akpan(FCT) bt. Ojente Friday(FCT) 4-1, 4-2
Abubakar Yusuf(FCT) bt. Saidu Sani(FCT) 5-3, 5-3
Suleiman Ibrahim(Kaduna) bt. Meni Irimiya(Benue) 4-1, 5-3