OrderPaperToday– The 2017 Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC)’s annual tennis league is set to kick off at the Ikoyi Club 1938 Tennis Section on Friday, June 30 at 3.00pm with a ceremony .
It was disclosed in a release on Wednesday that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung is expected at the ceremony as Guest of Honour while the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta will be the Chief Host.
Director of the International Tennis Academy, Godwin Kienka, the institution which supervises the event, said the opening ceremony will be a celebration of tennis and youths from other fields and entrance would not be restricted.
“We plan to have challenge matches between the top seniors and our best juniors as well as choreography and dance routines from the leading Lagos State Schools in those fields. It will be a very interesting evening and access will be unrestricted for the event” Kienka said.
“However we shall keep details of this year’s package under wraps.
“All we can say for now is that we have new teams and new cities that will be part of this year’s edition.” Kienka added.
The League started in 2015 and gave out mouth-watering cash prizes for the winning teams and took topflight tennis enthusiasts to eight different cities across Nigeria.
A team called Team Offikwu which debuted last year won the trophy with a N7 million cash prize while Team Tombim which was ruunner-up got N5 million. Teams Civil Defence and FCT which came third and fourth got N3 million and N2 million respectively.