Bose Odusanya and Ahmed Adeyinka have emerged champions of the 52nd version of the Asoju Oba desk tennis championship in Lagos.
Odusanya, the ladies’s champion, set a brand new match file after she claimed her sixth girls’s singles title of the oldest sporting occasion in Nigeria.
From 2015, Odusanya had been unbeaten within the ultimate and once more this yr she reclaimed her title after beating Kehinde Oyeniyi 4-0 (11-1, 11-6, 11-4, 13-11) to emerge as champion on the two-day match held on the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
She is the primary participant within the historical past of the match to maintain the title six occasions in a row.
With the quarterfinal exit of males’s singles defending champion David Fayele within the quarterfinal, 2015 champion Ahmed Adeyinka reclaimed his title.
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Fayele who had boasted of his intention to retain his title was shocked within the quarterfinal by Augustine Emmanuel who put an finish to the dream of the soldier man with 4-2 end result (5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8).
Despite working his technique to the ultimate, Emmanuel was no match to Adeyinka within the males’s singles ultimate as he was overwhelmed by the skilled opponent.
From the beginning of the match, it was as if Emmanuel was going to humble one other former champion however from the way in which and method Adeyinka approached the match, it was clear that he had learnt from the downfall of Fayele within the quarterfinal.
In lower than 30minutes, Adeyinka had defeated Emmanuel 4-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5) to wipe off the tears of shedding within the ultimate final yr.
48 males and 25 girls competed within the match which has continued to supply desk tennis stars for Lagos and Nigeria.
The Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Gafar Bolowotan, confirmed the staging of the match by the household of late Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas was a affirmation of their dedication to grassroots improvement.
“I am happy that the family decided to stage the tournament this year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and we are happy that new players have emerged and we believe the Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSSC) would take up some of the discoveries from there. I must also commend the players for conducting themselves throughout the tournament by following the laid-down Covid-19 protocols and that is a confirmation of the state’s commitment to protecting the lives of athletes,” he stated.