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2016 ITF/CAT Circuit:

Poor start for Salone youngsters

January 13, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leonean tennis players got-off to a poor start in the ongoing 2016 ITF/CAT Africa Junior Championships West & Central Africa qualifiers in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Sierra Leonean duo, Mattu Kamara and Amza Kabba both lost their opening matches to Angel McLeod and Ibrahim Souleyman in the U-16 and U-12 categories respectively.

It was a winning return for the Nigerian youngster Angel McLeod whose mother passed-away days before the competition. McLeod defeated Mattu 6-2, 6-3 in a two straight sets encounter.

The right-handed 15-year-old however endured a torrid start to the round-robin girls with the Sierra Leonean Thailand-based Mattu hitting some early winners in the match but the Nigerian responded with great effect with a couple of aces.

In the boys’ U-12 category, Ibrahim Souleyman also did the double against his Sierra Leonean opponent, Amza Kabba by recording a 6-0, 6-2 win.

The tournament’s opening ceremony proved a total dominance for the host, Nigeria, as several players recorded victories at the National Stadium in Abuja.

There was also win for Adetayo Adetunji who registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fatoumata Kaita of Mali, while Christopher Bulus and Christopher Itodo both secured wins over Fetege Coulibaly  of Cote d’Ivoire and Felix Hammong of Ghana 6-2, 6-1 in the boys U-16 category.

However, Nigeria’s dominance met some resistance as Benin’s N’tcha Delmas defeated David Amusu 6-3, 6-4, while Chidinma Eze and Favour Moses were beaten 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 7-5 by Aichata Keita of Mali and Vania Dotze of Togo respectively.

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