Jebutu, Mcleod, Osewa emerge champions at SNEPCO tourney

Image result for Jebutu, Mcleod, Osewa emerge champions at SNEPCO tourneyEmmanuel Jebutu has emerged back-to-back Champion of the International Tennis Academy, ITA, Cadet Circuit after defeating Matthew Abamu to win the NNPC SNEPCO Junior championships in Lagos.

It was a revenge opportunity for Matthew Abamu, who had lost to Emmanuel Jebutu in the final of the first International Tennis Academy, ITA, Cadet Circuit, the CBN Junior championship two weeks ago.

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But it was not to be despite his best efforts.

Jebutu and Abamu began the tough match in a back and forth contest, leveling the game and moving ahead alternatingly until it became 7-7.

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From here it took on a different dimension with some exciting rallying shots and unrelenting contest for the two Under-16 players.

But Abamu caved in, allowing Jebutu to take the lead 8-7.

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As the final game wore on Abamu needed medical attention and after, it seemed he had little to give back as Jebutu took the match 9-7.

Twice defeated by the same opponent he will take consolation it was a good contest for him ahead of the African Junior Championship, AJC, in South Africa later this month.

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Coaches, organisers and the Sports Ministry see the tournament as a good preparation for the AJC.

In the other age categories, after eliminating number one seed, Marylove Edward, toyin Asogba was no match for Angel Mcleod. Asogba lost 8-2 to Mcleod.

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There were also wins for Serena Teluwo and Precious Ikeobu in the girls and boys Under-10.

Mary Udofa and Daniel Adeleye took the Under-12 titles, while Timipre Maxwell and Suleiman Ibrahim won the under-14 trophies just as Michael Osewa defeated Stephen Augustine in the Under-18 final.

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Nigerians can hope that the four weeks of tennis action in the ITA Circuit would help an impressive performance by the countries representatives in South Africa later this month.

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