The ITF Development Officer for West and Central Africa, Illou Lonfo, made a one-week stop in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, in a bid to access the city’s tennis facilities, as the Nigeria Tennis Federation continues the push for a High Performance Centre.

Lonfo also met with different stakeholders in the Nigerian tennis community, including young players, coaches, NTF partners, and the Nigeria Olympic Committee.

Here are pictures from the Ivorian’s one-week visit.

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Illou Lonfo in a handshake with the NOC President, Habu Gumel, during a visit to the Nigeria Olympic Committee. Both men are flanked by Abdulmumin Babalola (L) and national head coach, Rotimi Akinloye.

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Illou Lonfo, NTF President, Dayo Akindoju (middle) and Habu Gumel in a discussion during the visit.

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Jokes, eh? NTF Chief, Dayo Akindoju guffaws whilst Habu Gumel speaks.

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L-R: National head coach, Rotimi Akinloye, Dayo Akindoju, Habu Gumel, Illou Lonfo, NTF Secretary-General, Mariam Akande, and veteran, Abdulmumin Babalola in a group photo after the visit to the NOC President.

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Illou Lonfo speaks with some of the coaches during a session at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja.

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National head coach, who also doubles as the Technical Director of the NTF, Rotimi Akinloye (L), alongside Illou Lonfo.

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Lonfo (5th from right) in a group photo with some of the coaches and players.

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Lonfo training some junior players on one of the practice courts at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja.

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In a training session with some of the juniors.

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The ITF expert showing the young players how it is done.

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The young players look intently, as the ITF expert goes through the drills.

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Got that, boy!

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Lonfo trains a young boy on one of the practice courts at Mambilla Barracks, Abuja.

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Illou Lonfo and Rotimi Akinloye (far end) look on, as the young players show off their abilities.

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With some of the coaches, players, and members of the tennis community at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja.