The Nigeria Tennis Federation has expressed its condolence to Sports Minister, Barr. Solomon Dalung over the death of his wife, Mrs Briskila Dalung.
Mrs. Dalung reportedly died on Sunday morning after a brief illness.
“This is to express our heart-felt condolence with the Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung following the passing away of his wife. We share in your grief knowing how painful it is to lose a pillar in one’s life as in the case of your beloved wife who must have help in moulding a man of substance like Barr. Dalung,” NTF boss Sani Ndanusa said.
He added, “We pray that God Gives you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss while we also pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased.”
In a related development, the NTF also paid tribute to the late Chris Enahoro.
Referring to the late Enahoro, who died in Lagos on January 19 at 80, as a key apostle of Nigeria tennis development, the federation said his spirit will be kept alive with more focus on grassroots development.
“The best way we can keep his spirit awake is to make sure his death leaves no vacuum because this is one man that has been at the forefront of uplifting Nigerian tennis for more than two decades.”
A former Nigeria cricket captain, Enahoro was a former West Africa record holder in high jump and he also played football for the defunct Western Region of Nigeria.
He is credited to have nurtured some of Nigeria’s tennis players among whom is Oyinlomo Barakat Quadri, who spearheaded Nigeria’s winning of the West and Central Africa Championships held recently in Togo.