Until a new generation of tennis stars worthy of replacing the aging ones emerge, I won’t give up the fight to develop the sport, Nigerian Tennis Legend Funke Oshonaike has vowed.
Funke who turns 42 in October has been an active national player for almost two decades, winning many laurels including gold at the 2007 African Games in Algiers.
However, She admits there is a major structural problem with Tennis in Nigeria and whilst the Country boasts of “many wonderful talents” they don’t also get to shine.
Speaking with brila.net, Funke Oshonaike said, ‘Until we find players better than me, better than Aruna (Quadri), better Segun (Toriola), I won’t quit.
‘ I won’t turn my back on Nigeria or the sport that has given everything and made me the person I am Today.’
‘We have those talents in this Country. Wonderful players who are ready to learn and grow, but many factors limit them.
‘They need competitions to grow, they need proper coaching and the Sport needs genuine administrators ready to do the right things,’ she quipped.