12 November 2012

Nigeria: Sheikh Amda Wins Arco Table Tennis Championship

Gbolahan Okuneye was in two finals, but it was Sheikh Amda who stole the limelight at the end of the day. The occasion was the 2nd Arco Petrochemicals Table Tennis Championship held at the Table Tennis section of Ikoyi Club 1938.

In the Veterans final Gbolahan Okuneye played Tony Owolabi, the chairman of the table tennis section. Okuneye took the first two sets, 11/9, 11/6. Just when everybody thought he was coasting home to an easy victory, Owolabi fought back and took the third and fourth sets at 11/5, 10/12.

With scores at 2-2, the fifth set provided all the thrills expected of a closely fought battle. Okuneye won the set 11/3 to carry the day.

The men's doubles saw the pair of Bola Ayorinde and Seye Oke dismiss the pair of Femi Sokoya and Babatunde Adebanjo 3/1 to earn the crown.

The men's singles final saw Honourable Gbolahan Okuneye making his second appearance on the night. Buoyed by his victory over Owolabi in the veterans singles, Okuneye was hopeful, he would take home two titles. Amda won the contest 4-2 to win the title.

Representative of the sponsors, Julie Okoigun expressed satisfaction with the standard of the competition, saying, "It has been wonderful and very encouraging to see that Nigerians still engage in recreational activities.

For us, as a company we are encouraged that we make Nigerians to live a healthy lifestyle. And that is our joy."

She said Arco had a long romance with sports and it would be wrong of anybody to say the company was limiting its effort to the table tennis tournament. "We have sponsored other youth football and tennis tournaments in the past.

Copyright © 2012 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.