Former Nigeria national football team captain, Segun Odegbami, has been listed as one of the players to take centre-stage during the first media tennis exhibition game as part of the ongoing 15th Lagos Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos.
Odegbami, a celebrated sports columnist cum analyst is quite famous for his exploits playing football, but the former Green Eagles captain will be out to show he could also swing the tennis racket this Saturday at the finals of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.
According to the tournament’s director, Wale Oladunjoye, the media tennis tournament will henceforth be an annual event along the Governor’s Cup.
He stated that this initiative was part of efforts to encourage media professionals to play tennis as a form of recreation, and to add glamour to the reportage of the Governor’s Cup proper as well.
The media tennis tourney is scheduled between 9am an 11am on the final day of the Lagos Governor’s Cup,Saturday, December 19, 2015, while the presentation of prizes to the winners will hold during the closing ceremonies the same day.
The exhibition game will involve some sports journalists before the men’s singles final to entertain the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and other guests.
Already, some corporate organisations and individuals have pledged support for the media tennis tournament.
Aside Odegbami, organisers hinted that efforts to get ex-international, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, and the current Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, to make special appearance at the media tourney is also been explored.
Sports analyst and presenter, Ejiro Omonode; chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Fred Edoreh; Group Sports Editor of the Nigerian Tribune, Ganiyu Salman, and Ifeanyi Ibeh of the New Telegraph’s sports desk, are among the other players listed for the media tournament.