Tobi Adebakin and Favour Ojo, two talented teenagers, secured victory as the champions of the fourth edition of the Adegboyega Efunkoya Cadet Table Tennis Championships held at the National Stadium in Lagos on Sunday, according to The PUNCH.
The Under-15 tournament brought together participants from 12 different states and 36 clubs, engaging in five distinct events which included singles, doubles, and mixed doubles matches.
Tobi Adebakin displayed an impressive performance in the boys’ final, triumphing over Sodiq Adesanya with a resounding straight-set win (11-5, 11-7, 11-4). Meanwhile, Favour Ojo exhibited her prowess by overpowering the reigning 2022 champion Aishat Rabiu with a commanding 3-0 victory (11-8, 11-5, 11-9), thereby claiming her first championship title.
Although Aishat Rabiu suffered a setback in the singles competition, she rebounded in the girls’ doubles category, clinching the title alongside Musbau Faisa. Furthermore, Rabiu secured the mixed doubles title alongside Tobi Adebakin, earning her a total of two gold medals and one silver medal from the event.
Ranti Lajide, the spokesperson for the Efunkoya Foundation, emphasized that the tournament’s growth trajectory remains significant. He noted, “Our focus this year was directed towards empowering the girls, and we are delighted to have successfully achieved that objective. We initiated coaching clinics and career discussions, and we have identified a promising group of around 10 out of the 64 girls who can be groomed to represent Nigeria in the junior category within the next year.”
Lajide expressed the foundation’s contentment with achieving their goals and the recognition they received from their diaspora members for consolidating their efforts. The event, which is an annual endeavor, is financially supported by former players and enthusiasts of table tennis from both within and outside the country.