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Club tennis came to its best on Saturday at the weekend inside the Lagos Country Club (LCC) Ikeja, where finalists in the two-week event that saw players in different categories filing out to compete for honours and trophies.
It was a day that saw the men’s single ending in an upset, when unseeded Matt Holmes, defeated the seeded Akin Akirinmisi, former captain of the section, who had been winner of many tournaments within and outside the club and eventually lifted the trophy, in a sweaty, tension-soaked encounter.  
At first, the game appeared to be going towards the expected, when Akirinmisi took the first set 6:1.
Homes came back to win the second set at 6:4, setting the stage for the third and final set, where both players gave all they got to win.
Full of intrigues, a combination of power serves and strokes, the third set, took the game into the night, just as it got the spectators on the edge of their seats, as they cheered and clapped.
With the display of resilience, surprise moves and return of almost impossible shots, Holmes eventually subdued Akirinmisi 6:4, to emerge winner.
He later told the audience that the victory was the climax of the great work he had put in his tennis over the years to improve his game, adding that he particularly trained for the tournament and was happy that his efforts had been crowned with victory.
He also said he would continue to work hard to ensure that he improved by the day in order to win more tournaments, within the club and outside.
Akirinmisi, who was full of praises for the winner, said he did not expect it, but was happy that it went to a better player of the day and that spectators were not treated to low quality tennis.
“Matt was a determined underdog and was not expected to win. But it is great he won and I congratulate him. I am also quite happy that we were able to give our best and did not disappoint the spectators. It is not all about winning, but playing to enjoy ourselves. This is a family club and the emphasis is getting together, letting of the heat and generally enjoying ourselves,” he said.
The women doubles was also very competitive. The pair of Dolapo Holmes and Tosin Oshikoya won the first set 7;5. But the Mrs. Lola Aluko and Ayo Odia took the second set in a superb fashion at 6:2, which took game to a Super Tie-break for the third set and eventually taken by Holmes and Oshikoya at 10:6. Overall there was suspense and excitement with the entire club filled with spectators and lots of cheering. Sponsors and tournament partners where very satisfied and pleased with the tournament.  
Captain of the club, Mr. Segun Aluko, was quite happy, saying a lot would be invested to make the tournament better. “I am quite happy at what happened today. It was the climax of a two-weeks of very competitive tennis and funfair. I don’t think that anybody would be disappointed at what happened today. It is a championship for players in the Tennis section participating in events which include men’s singles, men’s doubles, ladies doubles and veterans doubles for over 60 years and above.

“This is the flagship annual tournament of the tennis section, which features the best players on the ladder and the one with the biggest prizes from the other competitions held all year round at Lagos Country Club Tennis section. Apart from the competitiveness of the tournament, the major goal of fitness and bonding amongst members remains the ultimate aim of the championship, in a fun and friendly environment. There are over 80 players participating in this two-week activity with great display of skills and experience. 

“The Chairman of the section, Dr. Arinze Onubogu corroborated that all members of the section look forward to the annual tournament due to upsets and comebacks with members showing determination to raise their game and take on any challenge. Each  edition is becoming bigger and better with more participants, sponsors and spectators.

“Lagos Country Club is a recreation club which encourages its members to stay healthy by being active in an inclusive environment.”

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Edo 2020: Kogi Commissioner boosts athletes moral with visit to camp

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*As DOS reaffirms athletes dedication

By Aturu Bishop

Poised to supporting and encouraging the Kogi State contingent at the ongoing National Sports Festival holding in Benin, Edo State, the Kogi State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Idris Musa made a surprise visit to the camp of the state contingent.

The commissioner who was accompanied by administrative members of the ministry and Sports council thanked the contingent for enduring all the challenges faced so far.

Musa who addressed athletes and official welfare made known that the State government under the leadership of His Excellency, Yahaya Bello is working round the clock to ensure the state contingent are comfortable and well motivated.

He urged all athletes to be focus and not be distracted by any circumstances, adding that theer is always reward for hardwork.

While assuring that the state government will recognise and reward all medalist, he added that he would personally give cash gifts to outstanding athletes.

Similarly, the Director of Sports, Onipe Obakachi in his remark at the meeting thanked the Commissioner for his visit, stressing that his visit has changed the mood in the camp of Kogi.

He further disclosed that prior to his arrival, their was serious unrest as regards internal issues and some of the challenges faced by the athletes and officials as regards the festival organisation.

Onipe however promised the state athletes and officials unflinching resolve to perform well and deliver beyond expectations.

Speaking on behalf of the athletes, one of Kogi boxing medalist, Ekele thanked ths State government and the Commissioner while assuring the State of athletes dedication to deliver medals.

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Omo-Agege describes Pinnick’s Election as victory for Nigeria, glory to Delta

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Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the election of Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) into the FIFA’s highest decision-making organ in global football is a victory worth celebrating by Nigeria,

This contained is a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Friday.
He noted that Pinnick is yet another Deltan rising further in prominence, Senator Omo-Agege also described his victory as an additional glory for the people of Delta state.

“Amaju Pinnick ably reflects our people’s traditional values such as resilience, commitment to duty and fairness; it is no wonder that his acknowledged competency in football administration has further culminated into his election into FIFA’s Executive Council along with new responsibilities as one of the Vice Presidents of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

“As we all continue to pray for his success and that of all our sports administrators and sports people, we must continue to inspire our young ones in Delta state and all other parts of Nigeria towards true greatness in various endeavours,” Senator Omo-Agege stated.

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From Daniel Abel , Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government says it would reinvigorate sporting competition in the state with the view to giving platforms to athletes to excel in their chosen carriers.

Nasarawa State Deputy Governor Dr Emmanuel Akabe, made the disclosure on Thursday in Lafia while playing host to Nasarawa State Council of Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

Akabe noted that importance of sports cannot be overemphasise, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to revive it in the state to enable athletes move up to the peak in sports.

Dr Akabe said he would collaborate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to ensure that all moribund sporting competition were reinvigorated and played annually or quarterly.

The Deputy Governor also promised to collaborate with SWAN towards promoting sporting activitied in the state by improving the welfare of sports writers.

Earlier, SWAN Chairman, Isa Mohammed, in the state who led other members on a courtesy call said the visit was aimed at partnering with the state government towards sports development.

Muhammed appealed to the government to reintroduce sports competition in schools as well as governor’s cup among others.

He also appealed that the association is been faced with logistics challenges and appealed that the state Deputy Governor should assist them.

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