J5 Tennis Championships: Nigeria Beats Ghana To Retain Doubles Title


The pair of Ekpenyong David of Nigeria and Desmond Ayaaba of Ghana retain their title as they defeats Jimoh Franklin of Nigeria and Yakubu Lea of Ghana 6-2,6-4 to show their supremacy at-the final of doubles category of J5 World Tennis Championships in Abuja.

The match was played in the second leg of the ITF Tennis World Tour J5 Abuja.

The tournament, which commenced on Nov. 27, is expected to end on Dec. 4 at the tennis complex of the Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The reports that (they ) Ayaaba and Ekpenyong were drawn in the preliminary stage defeated paired of Dahiru Mohammed and Michael Nekepeme 6-1,6-3 before another with Egyptian paired Mostafa Elbasnaly and Ali Faizy by winning 7-5,6-1 in the quarterfinals then proceeded to the semifinal stage to continuing their winning run by beating
Paired of Ganiyu Mubarak and Oluwaseun Ogunsakin
6-4,6-1 to reach final stage .

While, Jimoh Franklin of Nigeria and Yakubu Lea of Ghana started thier race by beating paired of brothers chidiebele okonkwo and Ikenna okonkwo 6-2,6-2 in preliminary stage . Proceeded to beat paired of Indian Anoop Keshavamurthy and Inabo Sani of Nigeria 6-4,7-5 in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals had a walk over with the pair of Daniel Adeleye and Yusuf Abubakar .

Speaking after the match,Yakubu Lea said that( him ) and his partner Jimoh Franklin from Nigeria they were unlucky today . We didn’t play the game well because we were not really showing the action in the game our opponents but our opponents played better than us and that’s why we lost.

In the first leg we lost in the finals to them 6-4,6-4.

On his part, Desmond Ayaaba , I give thanks to my sponsors that brought me from Ghana,and give thanks to Nigeria federation and the sponsor of this tournaments.
We won it back to back with my pair Ekpenyong David of Nigeria .
My performance in my singles , the time I played I was having malaria and I have to stop the match and my opponents have to carry on. I lost in the first round.

A total of six countries are participating they are Nigeria (host), Indian, Egypt, Germany , Ghana and Great Britain are participating in the champion

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