Kunle AdewaleThe Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh has hailed the new champion in the Men’s Singles of Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championship, saying that his victory has further proved that the state is on course in its developmental programmes.The 50th edition of the Asoju Oba Table Tennis Molade Okoya-Thomas Championship ended at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Friday with David Fayele, who can be regarded as a local boy, taking the shine off Europe-based Olajide Omotayo in the final that ended 4-2. Fayele of the Nigerian Army was presented with the star prize of the competition, a brand new car courtesy of the family of the late Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas, the sponsor of the oldest running competition in Nigeria.To Tandoh, Fayele defeating an experienced Omotayo who is based abroad was a testimony that Lagos is a breeding ground for upcoming talents, who would take over from the ageing athletes very soon.He said Fayele will be one of the several youngsters Team Lagos will parade at the 19th National Sports Festival, which holds in Abuja from 6-16 December, adding that the commission would leave nothing to chance to ensure Team Lagos have good outing in Abuja.Reacting to his victory over Omotayo, the new champion said that he was able to overcome the challenge of his opponent with determination and focus.“When I discovered that I would be playing Omotayo who is based abroad, I had to double up my training and as a soldier, I have this strong belief that a civilian cannot defeat a soldier in any contest. I want to assure that I will repeat this feat at the Sports Festival in Abuja,” said Fayele, who won the mixed double event with Nimota Aregebsola.In the women’s singles, Bose Odusanya defeated Aregesola in a game that ended 4-2. Odusanya was also a proud owner of a brand new car.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In Umudike, ESUT Explorers topped Group D by securing seven points to go through to the Round of 16, after outclassing their opponents to outline their intentions as contenders for the trophy. The other qualification spot in the group however went down to the wire as RSU Dolphins emerged after garnering 5 points from the group.The 16 teams that have all qualified for the knock out stage include; Super Four teams from the 2018 season, UAM Tillers, Unilorin Warriors, UNICAL Malabites and OAU Giants.Others Are UI Pioneers, LASU Blazers, FUTA Tigers, UNIBEN Royals, BUK Stallions, ESUT Explorers, RSU Dolphins, UNIUYO Tuskites, FUOYE Dazzlers, FUTMINNA Transformers, KUST Pyramids and ABU Nobles.Round of 16 games are to kick off on the 24th of July, with OAU Giants renewing their rivalry with UI Pioneers in a battle for the ages in Ile-Ife.The league is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The league is proudly sponsored by Stanbic IBTC, Premier Cool and Indomie Nigeria.The top 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions will play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four billed for the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As South-west derby between OAU Giants, UI Pioneers headlines fixturesUAM Tillers, BSU Weavers, ESUT Explorers and RSU Dolphims have all advanced to the Round of 16 stage of the ongoing 2019 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) 2019 season. UAM Tillers yesterday emerged as Group H winners after qualifying automatically due to their outstanding performance as winner of the 2018 season while BUK Stallions went through as runners up after securing a tough 3-3 draw against BSU Weavers in the final game of the group.BSU Weaver’s Silas Aondover’s stellar performance certainly pleased the cheering crowd but was not enough to see the Makurdi side qualify despite his hat trick. BUK Stallions leveraged on a tight final day draw to clinch 4 points after an opening game win against NSUK Miners.UAM Tillers are paired in Group H with BSU Weavers, BUK Stallions and NSUK Miners.