The Nigerian wheelchair team, comprising Alex Adewale, Wasiu Yusuf and William Ukari, at the World Team Cup Africa qualifying event in Nairobi, Kenya have been really impressive in the competition so far.
Nigeria, placed in Pool B alongside Egypt, Ghana and Morocco, have won all two ties they’ve played so far, beating Egypt 3-0 before swatting aside Ghana by the same scoreline on Friday.
Against Egypt on Thursday, 41-year-old Wasiu Yusuf set the tone, as he dismissed Emad Hassan 6-3, 6-1 in the first singles rubber before Alex Adewale thrashed Mohammed Sobhy 6-1, 6-0 in the second singles rubber. William Ukari got in on the action, as he teamed up with Yusuf in the doubles rubber to beat the pair of Hassan and Sobhy 6-3, 6-1.
In the second tie against Ghana on Friday, Yusuf proved too much for Razak Abdul Nuhu, recording a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win in the first singles rubber. Adewale had no troubles in the second singles rubber, as he sped past Daniel Laryea 6-0, 6-1. Again, the combination of Ukari and Yusuf in the doubles proved rock solid, as they ran out 6-4, 6-0 winners against Nuhu and Laryea.
The men are in action against Morocco on Saturday- their final tie in their Pool. The top-placed team in each pool after the round-robin action will meet in the final on Sunday to decide which team will qualify for the 2020 World Team Cup Finals in Portugal.
Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Cameroon are the nations featuring in Pool A.
The World Team Cup, which is the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup tournaments, will take place in Vilamoura, Portugal in May this year.