2022 Aso Table Tennis Championship: six upsets to remember, four caused by Abdulbasit Abdulfatai

2022 Aso Table Tennis Championship:  Six upsets to remember , four caused by Abdulbasit Abdulfatai

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The 2022 Aso Table Tennis National Championship may have ended but the four-day competition enjoyed a fair share of iconic moments.

So, we look back at the competition that ended on Sunday 8th , at the Gymnastic Hall , MKO Abiola Stadium , Abuja , here are the unexpected moments at the championship that wowed the crowds .

 

ABDULBASIT ABDULFATAI GETTING TO THE MEN’S SINGLES FINAL

 

Never in recent time did we have a junior player at the final of the Men’s singles event at a National Championship, at least not as a debutant .

So , all through to the final , on his debut at a senior event , Kwara-born Abdulbasit caused upsets along the way ,  even defeating defending champion , Azeez Solanke at the semifinals , (11-6,11-9, 8-11,8-11,11-5).

Adding to the upsets, Abdulbasit , earlier  accounted for Bayelsa’s Etim Orok 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-5, and 11-8) at the quarter-finals .

Who doesn’t enjoy the excitement and suspense of a set decider, after four sets, with both players in 2-2 major, the fifth set according to spectators was expected to be won by Abayomi Martins of the host city, been the most senior player among the two but the fifth set marked the beginning of upsets by Abdulbasit , as he won the set 11-3 .

Comprehensive performance was also recorded in Table 3 in the round of 32 as the youngster defeated Osedunkwu Joseph of Gombe 3-0 (11-7, 11-8,11-8).

 

MATTHEW KUTI DEFEATS ABDULBASIT ABDULFATAI

It is difficult to say whether the final of the junior boys’ event was an upsets or not, but after Abdulbasit’s unexpected journey to the final defeating Osedunkwu Joseph, Etim Orok , Azeez Solanke , he lost to Matthew Kuti of Lagos 3-1 (3-11,6-11,11-6,2-11) in less than twenty minutes .

Some said it was fatigue but this is not the first time at this championship that Kuti has defeated Abdulbasit, at the 2021 cadet boys final , the Ikorodu born Kuti defeated Abdulbasit 3-2 (11-6, 10-12 ,11-5, 4-11, 11-7) , so is this an upsets or not.

Who could have expected Abdulbasit to lose to Matthew Kuti even he was in one of the best forms of his career .

 

DAVID FAYELE FELL BY SUNDAY AYODELE

Before the spectators noticed Abdulbasit , Sunday Ayodele unexpectedly defeated 2014 Asoju Oba Champion , David Fayele , the four seed, (20-18, 11-5, 15-13) . it was a sweet revenge for Sunday , who lost to David in the round of 16 at the 2020 National Sports in Edo .




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