Marylove Edward & Usman Kushimo Win Gold At 2018 ITF/CAT West And Central African Qualifiers

Recently updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 01:27 pm

Marylove Edward and Usman Kushimo with outstanding performances have clinched gold medals at the 14 and under – female and male categories respectively of the 2018 ITF/CAT West and Central African Qualifiers held in Togo.

Marylove Edward emerged victorious over Koumba Niangadou with a 6-1, 6-0 win against her Malian opponent.

The win inspires great promise for the year 2018 for the tennis prodigy, who, at the age of 12, became the youngest player in Nigeria’s tennis history to reach the final of an open tournament.

In the boys’ 14 and under, Usman Kushimo defeated Mariano Kpodeziaou of Benin Republic 6-4, 6-3 to make it a double for Nigeria in the category.

The heroics of the duo, ensured Nigeria shot to the summit of the medals’ table at the expense of Cote d’Ivoire, which is fast emerging as the major threat to Nigeria’ s dominance of the annual regional championship.

The star player and top seed of the Francophone nation, Eliakim Coulibaly, proved phenomenal against Nigeria’s Gabriel Friday in the boys’ 16 and under final decided at the Stade Omnisports, Lome.

Nigeria also had to settle for less in the girls’ 16 and under, as Oyinlomo Quadri, who won gold last year had to settle for bronze after fending off the challenge of Serena Geli of Togo.

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