In a rare show of sportsmanship, the immediate past-president of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) Sani Ndanusa has thrown his weight behind the newly-elected board to be headed by Dayo Akindoju.

Ndanusa, a former Minister of Sports, commended Yemi Owoseni, who contested with Akindoju, for displaying maturity in Tuesday's Federations' election in Abuja.

He said, "We are one big family as far as tennis is concerned and this was clearly demonstrated in the matured and peaceful manner in which the election into the board and that of the President and Vice-president were conducted. With this type of spirit, we are confident that significant growth will be achieved in the next few years."

The former Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) boss described his tenure as the NTF helmsman as successful and eventful with the solid foundation laid in infrastructural provision, general development and cordial relationship with international and continental bodies urging Akindoju to 'keep the fire burning'.

"Akindoju carries a lot of expectations because he has been making giant strides in the last few years that he came into administration of tennis. His passion and commitment for the sport will be a significant factor in elevating the game to a very high standard and we are confident of him to deliver."