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39th ITF/CAT: Osewa Dispatches Kenyan For Final With Seychellois

Nigeria’s Micheal Osewa continued his determined march to the final of the U-14 boys category of the 39th ITF/CAT African Junior Championships in Pretoria, South Africa, after he fought back from a set down to bundle out his opponent in the semi-final of the category to book a place in the final which will hold today.

Osewa registered a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Kenya’s Ryan Randiek.

The semi-final clash at the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre saw the two players go head-to-head for the second year in a row, with Osewa outplaying his East African rival with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at the quarter-final stage of the tournament held in Tunisia in 2015.

The match was going with the serves until the ninth game when Randiek broke the Nigerian before sealing the set 6-4 on his serve.

Nigeria’s coach Mohammed Ubale had expressed worries over Osewa’s inability to win the opening game which he pointed puts him under pressure, but, just like he did in the round of 16 clash against the number one seed and Morocco’s Younes Adnan and Jason Espitalier of Mauritius in the quarter-final, Osewa kept his composure to level the match by winning the second set 6-4 to force the game into a rubber decider which he won 6-2.

He will now meet Damien Laporte of Seychelles, who defeated South Africa’s Khololwam Montsi in today’s final.

President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Sani Ndanusa, who watched the match alongside several other federation bosses who are in Pretoria for the annual general meeting of the eaConfederation of African Tennis (CAT), said Osewa’s feat has helped break the jinx of players from North Africa who always proved a barrier to Nigeria’s quest to rule the continent.

 

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