Fayele, Odusanya hold sway at 50th Asoju Oba Cup

 Fayele, Odusanya hold sway at 50th Asoju Oba Cup

David Fayele and Bose Odusanya reigned supreme in the men and women categories of the 50th anniversary Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup held at the Sports Bar of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State during the weekend.

Last year’s finalist, Fayele came from a first match loss to beat favourite, Olajide Omotayo, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10 (4-2) result, while Odusanya retained her title for three years in a row, after defeating Nimota Aregbesola 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10, (4-2).

Just as the organisers promised, both Fayele and Odusanya were each awarded a brand new Peugeot 306 saloon car to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the championship, and also giant trophies for their hard-earned efforts.

Speaking on his stunning win over much-favoured opponent, an ecstatic Fayele said he was pleased over winning the championship for the first time.

“Finally, I feel so delighted wining this title, especially the car because I was so afraid when I heard Olajide Omotayo was going to participate in the competition. This made me to add two more hours to my training time. I already had it in mind that I will surely win this year, because a civilian cannot come from somewhere else to come and beat a military man.

“I want to say a very big thank you to the organisers and family of the late Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas for keeping this competition running and for developing young ones and table tennis in Nigeria. I have never dreamt of having a car at this stage of my life, so I am grateful for this very special gift I have received,” said Fayele.

Tolani Giwa

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