The six month long NCC Tennis League is poised for a fitting climax at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club with playoff for third and fourth places preceding the championship match.
The third place tie scheduled for Thursday and Friday Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 will be between team Ndoma-Egba of Abuja and Team Offikwu, last year’s winners who were dethroned by Team Civil Defence in the second semifinals.
The championship tie kicks off on Saturday and ends on Sunday Dec.10 with the presentation of prizes and awards.
Organisers of the marquee competition have promised to make it rewarding and fun for spectators with refreshments and raffle draws for quality phones.
“Matches are going to start at 10am each day at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club and matches will usually last through the evening with four matches following each other on the centre court. We therefore expect tennis followers to consider it a picnic where they get refreshments and possibly walk away with a smart phone.” Godwin Kienka of the ITA which coordinates the event said.
Meanwhile top players for the third place match are already in Lagos.
Sylvester Emmanuel, Henry Atseye and Sarah Adegoke of Team Offikwu are expected to make up for their botched title defense by winning the consolatory third spot which attracts N3 million prize money.
They will have to contend with Team Ndoma-Egba’s Thomas Otu, who recently won the Dala Hard Court Championship, Emmanuel Paul and Aanu Aiyegbusi who all have their eyes on the bigger prize.