It is just day two and so many drama have occurred at the Indoor Sports Hall package B of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, venue of the 2021 Aso Table Tennis National Championship.
In the round of 32, Edo 2020 National Champion, Amadi Omeh produced an unforgettable display to scare off what would be the first upset of the tournament to claim his second win in the men’s singles.
The former junior champion defeated Abdulrasheed Siyaka 3-2 (11-6, 8-11, 11-6 ,8-11, 11-8) .
Reverse is the case for Ganiyu Ashimiyu, he lost his first two set (7-11 ,6-11), to Lagos David Faleye, he made a comeback to put the game 2-2 apiece (11-8, 11-9) but in the deciding game, the NCSDC officer lost 11-9.
Hammed Adeyinka was not as lucky as his compatriot from Lagos as he fell to a known foe, Rilwan Akanbi of Delta 2-3 (11-13, 11-, -11, 11- , 17-19)
No doubt, a rising star is emerging from the Oyo table tennis set up, no.10 seed Usman Okanlanwon is proving he has what it takes to compete at senior level with the 17-year-old ensuring his qualification to the round of 16 defeating Omoniyi Kayode from Ondo (11-4, 11-4, 11- )
While Omoniyi Kayode couldn’t scale t the next round, his teammate, no 1 seed Mati Taiwo went through defeating Abayomi Martins of Akwa Ibom 3-0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-5).
Etim Orok second success came against Friday Audu of FCT, the Cross River payer defeated his opponent 3-1 (11-3, 11-5, 11-3) the no 3 seed overcame Friday Audu with little effort.
Self-proclaimed “eruku Mushin” Qudus Oladejo of Ogun, who survived a scare in his first game, saw an easy prey in Tunji Olateju from Niger to keep his hope alive, the game ended 3-0.
The Round of 32 at the 2021 Aso Table Tennis National Championship has proved to be very unpredictable just as the round before it.