Bello displays class as Akanbi clinches Men's Singles title

Bello displays class as Akanbi clinches Men’s Singles title

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Fatimo Bello from Nigeria stormed to victory in the women’s singles final by wining all her matches  to claim her second Women’s singles title at the  ITTF Africa Western Region Championships at Indoor Sports Hall of the Telsim Balogun stadium in Surulere on Thursday , 4th .

The Nigerian was in an unstoppable form right from the beginning of the competition where she won her first title in the mixed doubles with Azeez Solanke , the final showdown in the women’s singles was a straight forward affair as Bello outplayed her compatriot to defend her title successfully .

For the second time in a row, Fatimo Bello of Nigeria retained her Women’s Singles title after beating compatriot  Aminat Fashola 4-0 in the final of the ITTF Africa Western Region Championships concluded in Lagos on Thursday November 4.

Also, a new champion emerged in the Men’s Singles after Rilwan Akanbi dazed compatriot and tournament’s favourite Azeez Solanke to become the Men’s Singles regional champion.

Bello who won the maiden edition of the championships in Abidjan 2019 was unbeaten in the singles event and she completed her good run with a convincing 4-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9) win over Fashola.

In the entertaining Men’s final, the calmness of Akanbi paid off for him as he humbled Solanke 4-3 (7-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8).

The four-day event was dominated by Nigeria ahead of participating teams like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Togo and Benin Republic.

Nigeria’s dominance started in the team event with the host claiming the men and women titles in team.

Like the team event, Nigeria also defeated Ghana to clinch the Men’s doubles title after Amadi Umeh and Orok Etim came from 2-0 down to beat Ghana’s Derek Abrefa and Emmanuel Commey 3-2 (4-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7).

The Women’s Doubles event was won by Nigeria’s duo of Bello and Bose Odusanya after they defeated their compatriots – Hope Uduak and Vivian Oku 3-1 (11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9).

For the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation , Engineer Ishaku Tikon , who is also a board member of Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation,  the performance of Nigeria and other nations in the competition showed that the region would continue to churn out top players like Quadri Aruna with the hope that the region would become a force to reckon with in the continent.

“I believe with what we have started in the region, we can continue to become competitive in Africa and the world at large. There is no doubt that the region would not relent in its efforts to produce world beaters and there are plans to make the tournament a permanent feature in the ITTF calendar. I must commend all the players and the delegates for their understanding, and we hope we can continue to raise the profile of the sport in the region,” he added.




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