This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Old Trafford Trounces Ikoyi Club in Squash Friendly

The popular Old Trafford Squash Club, Ikoyi was a beehive of activities over the weekend when the club took on the Ikoyi Club Squash Section in a friendly match that had the trappings of a tournament.

The match which began at about 10am on Sunday featured the finest players from both sides who locked horns in very gruelling encounters to garner maximum points. After hours of energy-sapping high class games, the Old Trafford team handed down defeat to Ikoyi Club, beating its visitors 5-4 to emerge winners.

It appeared initially the host would have a smooth sailing when the Chairman of the Old Trafford Squash Club and Group Managing Director of UAC of Nigeria Plc, Larry Ettah, wasted no time in conquering Biyi Mabadeje in their first game. Every member of the host team was however put on the edge when Sope Roberts and Olumide Sojinrin of Ikoyi Club defeated Chike Eze-Agbabu and Funmi Bamkole in quick succession.

Ettah expressed satisfaction with the level of the friendly match and commended all the players for displaying incredible dexterity game after game.

"Everybody put up a very good performance. The standard of the game was high. It was a tight one but we were able to confirm our superiority over our visitors. I commend their effort," Ettah said.

He further explained that the friendly match was conceived to provide a platform for members of the two clubs to sharpen their skills and also engender camaraderie.

Chairman of Ikoyi Club Squash Section, Sanya Akindele, said his team would avenge the narrow defeat in the return leg of the friendly match which would be fixed for a later date.

The Old Trafford Squash Club is a melting pot of high-flying professionals where members engage in rigorous matches at weekends.

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