02 Mar 2012

Nigeria earn men's World Group 2 qualification

Match Report

Nigeria's Alex Adewale, Yusuf Wasiu and coach Frank Tarmena

Nigeria sealed their place in Men’s World Group 2 for May’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, Korea, after defeating Morocco in both singles rubbers of their play-off final at the qualification event for Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Yusuf Wasiu took an hour and 20 minutes to take the opening singles  rubber against Morroco’s Ahmed Jeddi 63 61, while Alex Adewale took just ten minutes less to give Nigeria an unassailable lead when he defeated Boukartacha Lhaj 62 63.

Bakhtali Mohamed came in to partner Lhaj for the dead doubles rubber and the contest turned out to be the most fascinating of the day as the Moroccan duo recovered from a slow start to defeat Adewale and Wasiu 06 76(5) (10-6).

Kenya's Comissioner of Sport and officials from Kenya's Ministry of Sport were guests of honour for the men's final on the last day of competition on the tennis courts at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.  

The first singles rubber of Gambia’s play-off for third and fourth place against Kenya provided a thrilling match as Nyang Barra came from a set down to defeat Caleb Odiyo in a final set tie-break 46 75 76(5) en route to Gambia earning a 3-0 victory.

Zimbabwe’s Dorcas Hwatira and Moline Muza dropped just four games between them in two singles rubbers and the doubles rubber as they defeated Kenya in the last women’s tie.