NTF laments McLeod’s killing

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee @shagcy

The Nige­ria Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (NTF) has ex­pressed shock over the killing of Beauty McLeod, a Nige­rian ten­nis player on Mon­day.

The 36-year-old, who along­side her daugh­ter An­gel, 14, moved to Nige­ria from their base in Dubai last year, died of gun­shot in­juries she sus­tained from a trig­ger­happy mobile po­lice­man in a Vic­to­ria Is­land, Lagos ho­tel on Tues­day dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion. It calls for the pros­e­cu­tion of the killer cop.

Beauty’s demise is the lat­est in the se­ries of deaths recorded in Nige­rian ten­nis in re­cent months fol­low­ing the demise of an­other player, Glady’s O’Mal­ley, who gave up the ghost af­ter child birth while Cos­mos Nte­muse, a referee also died re­cently.

“This is a very dark pe­riod for Nige­rian ten­nis be­cause Beauty is one player that has been help­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of Nige­rian ten­nis through the sup­port she has been giv­ing to her daugh­ter, An­gel, who is one of our bright­est ju­nior ten­nis play­ers. We are deeply shocked by her death” NTF boss Sani Ndanusa said.

“Beauty has been a clear ex­am­ple of NTF’s cru­sade of par­ents’ sup­port for their kid(s) in ten­nis; some­thing that has helped the top stars of ten­nis glob­ally. She takes re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the ca­reer of her daugh­ter fol­low­ing her to tour­na­ments within and out­side Nige­ria which has re­ally helped her to be­come one of the most promis­ing ju­nior play­ers in Africa.

“Be­sides, she is known as a straight­for­ward per­son and only God knows why her life was cut short this way. How­ever, we are sure that her killer will be brought to jus­tice,” Ndanusa lamented, as he prayed for the re­pose of the de­ceased’s soul while he also prayed for her fam­ily the for­ti­tude to bear the loss.

In Au­gust, Beauty ac­com­pa­nied four Nige­rian play­ers, in­clud­ing An­gel, to the West African Ju­nior ten­nis Cham­pi­onship in Lome, Togo. She was also with her daugh­ter when she went for a month-long ITF schol­ar­ship train­ing in Nairobi, Kenya in June.

Head coach of the Nige­ria ju­nior ten­nis team, Mo­hammed Ubale, noted that the vac­uum cre­ated by Beauty’s demise will be felt by Nige­rian ten­nis.

“She was every­thing to her An­gel; she is her mother, she is her coach, and she serves as a great mo­ti­va­tion to her. She will be missed by all.

Still an ac­tive ten­nis player, Beauty reg­u­larly fea­tured in na­tional tour­na­ments across Nige­ria. She took part along­side her daugh­ter at this year’s Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria Open, the big­gest do­mes­tic tour­na­ment in the NTF cal­en­dar.

Bernard Parker of South Africa evades chal­lenge from Kunle Odun­lami of Nige­ria dur­ing the 2014 CAF African Na­tions Cham­pi­onships (CHAN) Group A foot­ball match at Cape Town Sta­dium, Cape Town on 19 Jan­uary 2014.

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