Comprehensive performances on Sunday 9th August at the Table Tennis Section of the Lagos country Club as junior player Muiz Adegoke secured a place in the men’s singles and junior boys’ final.
Similarly, Kehinde Oyeniyi progressed to the women’s singles and junior girls’ final but could only secured the second place in both.
In the preliminary, Kehinde Oyeniyi defeated Emmanuel Joy, but couldn’t repeat the feat in the final as she succumbed 3-1 with the first two set ending 1-1 apiece (12, -4, 5, 8)
Untroubled in her fixtures, tournament favorite and six-time Asoju Oba champion, Bose Odusanya defeated her teammate, Kehinde Oyeniyi ,3-0, (11-3, 11-7,11-8) both met in the final of Asoju Oba table tennis championship last year when the former became the first player in the history of the tournament to keep the title six times in a row.
Elsewhere, Giant slayer Muiz Adegoke defied the odds put his name up in lights as he overcame more experience players to get the final of men’s singles.
At the semifinals, he defeated bronze medalist at the 2021 Aso Table Tennis Club National Championship, Emmanuel Damilare, 3-2, after overcoming the more experienced Ajulo Olakunle 3-1 at the quarterfinals.
Unstoppable two months ago at the NTTF National Table Tennis Championships, where he won his second major title, National Champion Rilwan Akanbi defeated Muiz Adegoke 3-0 (11-1, 11-9, 11-5) as it proved a less stressful final for the 2016 Asoju Oba Cup Table Tennis Champion.
Success for Muiz Adegoke continued as he celebrated his first title of the day after placing second in the highly contested men’s singles, he defeated Aso Table Tennis National Championship most valuable player, Matthew Kuti 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-8) to secure the junior boys’ title.
The other title showdown in the boys’ final came down the cadet boys’ category as Matthew Kuti secured the title defeating Ligai Iyanuoluwa 3-0 (11-3,11-4,11-8) to win his fourth title of the year
Future star Rabiu Aishat couldn’t replicate the performance that earned her a gold medal for Lagos state at the mini-cadet girls’ event at the 2021 Aso Table Tennis National Championship in Abuja as she lost the first place to Taiwo Akanbi.
Taiwo Akanbi was second place at the Cadet Girls’ Singles event at the 2021 Aso Table Tennis National Championship when she lost Hope Udoaka of Cross River.
Dignitaries present at the Championship includes the organizer of the championship, the Chairman of Lagos State Tabe Tennis Association, who is also the Chairman of the Table Tennis section of the Lagos country Club, Alhaji Tunji Lawal, Vice- Chairman of the Association, Honorable Gbolahan Olumide Adegbegba, the Secretary of the Association, Mrs. Ganiyat.
“The tournament is a success, said Tunji Lawal, and the intention is to develop some new players both for the junior, cadet and even the senior, we have been able to see the development in some of the players, who have improved and it is a plus for Lagos, the evident in the entries shows we have a lot of players in Lagos
“The next thing we want to do is to set for another tournament, which would not be too far, if these kids have regular tournament, we would be able to discover what we intend to discover”