Three Fulani kids, nicknamed the “almajiri boys” playing their first tournament surprised observers with victories in their opening one set round robin matches at the ongoing SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship taking place at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.
Suleiman Ibrahim, playing in the 12 and under category beat Ojoye Qurwiyu 6-1 while Aliyu Sanni beat Usman Kushimo from Ogun State 6-2.
Two brothers, Saminu Abubarkar and Aliyu Abubarkar won their opening matches in the 14s and 12s respectively.
Saminu beat Emeka Chukwu of Lagos 6-3 while the younger Aliyu convincingly dispatched Opaogun Solomon of Ogun State 6-0.
The tournament which has 162 entries and has attracted many new players, is featuring singles competitions in five categories – boys and girls 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.