By Tony Nwanne
Sola Oyetayo and Cecilia Otu-Akpan claimed the singles titles at the final of the maiden Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships held at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.
National junior sensation, Ajoke Ojomu was also adjudged the most valuble female player of the competition while other awardees were also honoured by the organisers of the five-day N2.8m prize money championship
The climax of the competition was the comeback of Sola Oyetayo in the men’s singles final against Azeez Jamiu while experience came to fore when Otu-Akpan defeated Fatimo Bello 4-2 in the women singles final. From 3-0, Oyetayo stunned Jamiu 4-3 to throw in the venue into ecstasy.
For the Tournament Director, John Peters, the tournament would assist the members of the Nigeria junior team going to the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championships holding in South Africa later this month to shape up.
His words: “The championships served as a final training session for our South Africa- bound junior players. Happily, the young lads and lasses lived up to expectations. They not only won several prizes, but also won awards as the players of the championships in both female and male categories. The organisation was super and praise worthy. I wish our ambassadors to the ITTF Junior World championships a good outing. I must also give kudos to the NTTF President, Wahid Oshodi for rallying his friends to sponsor the competition. I call on al lovers of table tennis in Nigeria to support him to ensure that there are top performing players to succeed the Toriolas, the Oshonnaikes and the Arunas when they retire,” Peters said.