Abdulfatai Abdulbasit emerged the biggest surprise name to book last eight places in the men’s singles.
After his excellent performance at the 2021 Aso Table Tennis National Championship, where he placed second in both the Cadet and junior category, losing to both Matthew Kuti and Ayanwale Jamiu respectively in the final, Abdulfatai Abdulbasit has continued on a positive note at this year’s edition
The 13-year-old is not afraid of any player in the tournament having booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Juniors Boys and Men’s Singles.
In his first major senior championship, the kwara based youngster defeated Abayomi Martins of the host city 3-2 (11-5, 14-12, 11-8, 2-11, 11-3,) to book his place among the top eight players at the tournament.
He has earlier defeated Atunwon Quadri 3-1 in Round 32 in the Juniors category
The teenager is not new to slaying giant, he defeated Usman Okanlanwon (per plate) 4-2 (11-4, 11-5, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11) en-route to last year juniors final.
Abdulbasit, who is known for his trademark of pointing his finger to the sky during games believes that he can win the men’s singles title , which will be a major surprise to him , now based in Abuja , Abdulbasit will face Orok Etim in the Quater-finals .
Another player excepted to cause upset is Hope Udoka of Cross River, who won the Cadet Girls Singles title last year, she believes she can win the Junior Girls title having lost to the eventual winner, Falana Iyanuoluwa of kwara state in 2021.
Hope is the only junior player that qualified to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming Africa Championships in Lagos .