.Admonishes Nigerian players to work harder
By Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos
Winner in the women’s category of the recently concluded 2nd edition of Chamberlain Squash Open (CSO) held in Lagos, Millie Tomlinson of England has rated the championship high, just as she believes Nigerian players have the potential to make impressive impact at the international scene.
Tomlinson told The Authority after being crowned champion at the expense of Menna Hamed of Egypt,whom she defeated 3-0 in the final that the championship, a Professional Squash Association (PSA) point scoring event was very competitive as achieving victory did not come easy, attributing it to the quality of players that featured in the six day long championship
The English woman, who spent just 35 minutes to dispatch Nigeria’s Rofiat AbdulAzeez 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-6) in the first round noted that Nigerian players lack the exposure to nurture their potential to the fullest.
“Yes, it’s an experience coming to Lagos, Nigeria to compete in the Chamberlain Squash Open and i’m excited to be crowned champion. The victory i’ll say did not come easy. It’s was a very tough championship but I think hard work and the hunger to excel made it possible for me.
“It’s a very competitive championship that attracted quite a lot number of quality players from of course Egypt, France, England, Switzerland and others. The hospitality great as well, so I’m thrilled to be part of it,” she said.
“Nigerian players are good, they have the potentials but they need exposure and hardwork to be very competitive at the top level,” added Tomlinson, who was seeded number one in the championship.
Zahed Mohammed of Egypt took the men’s title after defeating fellow countryman, Youssef Soliman 3-0 in the final.
A total of $25,000 was set aside for grab as prize money in the men’s event, while the women’s category attracted $10,000.
Meanwhile, in his closing remarks, Chamberlain Squash Open (CSO) promoter, Chamberlain Usoh said that the championship which is a Professional Squash Association (PSA) point scoring event has come to stay to help expose Nigerians players.
“It’s my determination to help develop the game of squash in Nigeria, using this championship which offers a lot of opportunity to our players to get more exposure playing against top class players,” he said.