Nigeria’s Samuel Boboye was dealt unthinkable quarterfinals exit at the ITTF Africa Western Championships taking place at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Telsim Balogun stadium in Surulere , Lagos .

Boboye’s stellar display cause major upsets

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DAY 1 : ITTF Africa Western Region Championships :

Action started today at the ongoing second edition of the the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Africa Western Region Championship  at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.  as Nigeria’s Men Team A  qualified for the semi-finals of the Men’s team events .

The duo of Azeez Solanke and Samuel Boboye defeated the Men’s team from Cote d’voire  and Benin Republic to make Nigeria the first nation to qualify for the semi-finals .

In one of the highlight of the singles match of the team events , Samuel Boboye , who made his senior debut as a member of the Nigerian team at the 2021 ITTF African Championships in Yaoundé, Cameroon defeated top seed and Cote d’voire’s  Oba Kizito 3-0 ( 11-8 , 13-11 , 11-9) to qualify Nigeria’s team A for the semifinals  of the men’s team events .

Boboye , who is being mentored by the newly elected South-south zonal representative on the board of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ama-Ebi Ebikpolade , convincingly defeated the defending champion .

Just two months ago at the 2021 African Championships , the 17-year-old overpowered  Algerian Olympian Larbi Bouriah, the no.19 seed, in the opening round (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5) of the events .

Nigeria and four other  Africa countries are competing  for seven medals in the four-day championships.

The final of the Men’s team events will be decided tomorrow .

 




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