The writer writes that at the fourth Adegboyega Efunkoya Cadet Table Tennis Championships, held on Sunday at the National Stadium in Lagos, teenage sensations Tobi Adebakin and Favour Ojo emerged as the new champions.Players from 36 clubs and 12 states competed in five different events during the U-15 competition (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles).
Adebakin defeated Sodiq Adesanya in the boys’ final with a commanding three-set victory (11-5, 11-7, 11-4), while Ojo defeated Aishat Rabiu, the 2022 champion, with a commanding 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-9) victory to win the championship for the first time.
However, Rabiu atoned for her singles loss by teaming up with Musbau Faisa to win the girls’ doubles championship. She also added the mixed doubles crown with Adebakin, taking home two gold and one silver medal.Ranti Lajide, a spokesman for the Efunkoya Foundation, predicted that the competition will keep expanding rapidly.
“This year, we set out to focus on the girls, and we are really pleased that we were able to accomplish that.”Less than ten of the 64 ladies that we can start training and putting into practise to represent Nigeria in another year, especially in the junior category, have responded to our initial requests for them to participate in coaching clinics and career talks.
“Everyone on the foundation board is happy that we met our goal and accomplished it.
Our diaspora members have been requesting that the aim be consolidated for some time now. it’s why we’re thrilled, and I’m glad we were able to accomplish it,” he remarked.The yearly is funded for both domestic and foreign table tennis enthusiasts and retired players.