Tennis: Team Nigeria to face Rwanda in Davis Cup first round

Tennis: Team Nigeria to face Rwanda in Davis Cup first round

Team Nigeria at the ongoing Davis Cup tennis championship in Kenya have been drawn in Pool A alongside Rwanda, Benin and Cameroon.

The team comprising of Abdulmumin Babalola (captain), Sylvester Emmanuel, Christian Paul and Joseph Imeh, will begin their quest for promotion when they take on their opponents from Rwanda in the first round of matches.

Benin, the other top ranked team in Pool A will take on Cameroon as all four teams will be looking for straight wins to come out tops in the group.

Nigeria’s quartet will come up against Rwanda’s Havugimana Olivier (captain), Habiyambere Ernest, Gatete Hamissi and Niyigena Etienne.

Host Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and Algeria are in Pool B.

In Pool B matches decided on Monday, Kenya and Namibia recorded impressive 3-0 wins over Uganda and Algeria respectively.

Speaking to Nigeria Tennis live, national tennis coach Benson Ishicheli believes Nigeria’s chances of gaining promotion from Group III are brighter after getting a relatively good draw on Sunday.

“Good draw. Group II, here we come.”

Nigeria is ranked fourth in the competition and hopes to get one past their familiar foes in the tournament so as to finally stand a chance of gaining promotion from the World Group III to Group II.

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