Action at the 2nd edition of the PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Open begins, with Nigerians and players from three other African nations—Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania—set to battle it out for top honours on the ITF Futures Series.
First round action in the men’s draw sees last year’s champion & top seed, Alex Adewale take on 6th seed, Abdulrasak Nuhu of Ghana.
In the other half of the men’s draw, Nigeria’s Wasiu Yusuf, who’s seeded 2nd, faces his countryman, Idowu Ajani for a place in the quarter-finals, while the tournament’s 3rd seed, Collins Lumumba squares off against Williams Ukari of Nigeria.
Last year’s beaten finalist, Peter Munuve of Kenya will be looking to go one better this time. The 4th seed kick-starts his campaign against unseeded Nigerian, Kazeem Akanbi.
7th-seeded Nigerian, Vershima Mende and Tanzania’s Novatus Temba, the 8th seed, will go head-to-head in this opening round.
In the women’s field, top seed, Kafayat Omisore of Nigeria received a first-round bye and will begin her quest for a second consecutive title here against either her countrywoman, Tosin Dawodu or Kenya’s Asiya Sururu.
Jane Ndenga, who fell to Omisore in last year’s final, is seeded second and has also received a bye in the first round. The Kenyan will next take on either Ghana’s Stacy Mensah or Chituru Nwaozuzu of Nigeria.
Nigerians, Foluke Shodeinde and Vivian Ozurumba go head-to-head for a quarter-final place.