The two-day Algiers 2018 African Youth Games National men and women table tennis trials ended in Lagos on Tuesday with Lagos and Kwara states emerging tops in both the men and women categories.
The trials exercises which was decided on round robin format, saw Oyenekan Ololade of Lagos State winning, the men’s category with 16 points ahead Sholanke Azeez also of Lagos State who finished second with 15.4 points, while the third position went to Mati Taiwo from Ondo state.
Amadi Omeh (Ondo State) Augustine Emmanuel (Lagos) Orok Etim (Cross Rivers) and Abayomi Animashaun from Ekiti state finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
In the women’s category, Rofiat Jimoh from Kwara State and Iyanuoluwa Falana also from Kwara State surpassed all oppositions to emerge first and second respectively while Aiyelabegan Sukurat came third thereby leaving the fourth and fifth positions to Oku Vivian from Cross Rivers and OyoA�A�Statesa�� Akeem Shadia
Meanwhile the Deputy Director of Sports in charge of the Lagos Liaison Office, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Bode Durotoye who was theA�A�special guests at the finals, commended the Ishaku Tikon led Executive Board of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) for organizing the two-day competition which he said has helped the technical officials in knowing the present status of the junior National team as well as picking the right players for the Algiers 2018 African Youths Games camping exercise.
He added that with this, the junior Team Nigeria Table Tennis is good to go.
Meanwhile the Secretary General of the NTTF, Tony Idaye said the just concluded trials is the first phase of the exercise as there will be more trials before the final team is selected.
Head coach, Nasiru Bello said the federation has set machinery in motion to monitor all the good junior players discovered at the last National open championship held in 2017 for onward development.