Wilson Igbinovia was the surprise package at the week-long camping of Team Nigeria to the 2017 ITF/CAT African Junior Championship Zonal Qualifiers scheduled to hold in Lome Togo from January 11th – 21st.
On his first invitation to national camp, the 13-year-old sealed his place in the team that will be defending the top place finish by Nigeria at the last edition held in Abuja almost a year ago.
Other players that will be in the 15-nation tournament alongside the quartet of Oyinlomo Quadri, Marylove Edward, Michael Osewa and David Dariwaye, who were named earlier at the camping in Ekiti facilitated by NTF 1st vice-president, Yemi Owoseni are Matthew Abamu, Michael Ayoola, Saminu Abubakar, Tosin Asogba, Omolade Aderemi, Omolayo Bamidele and Rebecca Peters.
“It has been a very good preparation for us; Ekiti has been an ideal place as there was no distraction. The courts and hotel are just a minute walk. The atmosphere is just perfect for us to have a great outing in Lome,” Nigeria’s coach, Mohammed Ubale said after the team rounded off training with a light physical exercise Sunday evening.
Ubale added that the target for the team is to finish top of the medals’ table despite the fact that the tournament is taking a new format with the introduction of the team event.
The team is scheduled to move to Lagos today from where they will depart for Lome on Tuesday.