Olapade, Willy headline Gabon’s Moanda Open
Two Nigerians, Sunday Olopade and Gift Willy, have been noted by the organisers as top contenders among the country’s four entries at the 2015 Moanda Open in Gabon, an annual international championship. Olapade, rising from his maiden win on the Nigerian PGA Tour at Oturkpo a forthnight ago, has been given a look-in along with former Nigeria number one, Willy Gift, who has finished runner-up in the last three editions of the event. “The Nigerian players are a strong force in this region,” says Leon Paul Lobo, a member of the organizing committee of the event.
No Nigerian player has won the Moanda since 2010 when late Ali Abdullahi won the event on his debut appearance with a six-shot margin and equaling the course record on the final day. “Ali left an impression with us in 2010 and other players have never left us in doubt of what they are capable of,” Lobo added. Ghana’s Vincent Torgah has made a treble win since 2012 and will be making a strong title defense appearance when the event tees-off from April 2 to 5 at the Manga Golf Course, nestled in the huge CAMILOG’s manganese in Moanda.
Other Nigerian players that that would making a chase for the event includes, in-form UBTH Golf Course assistant professional, Chukwudi Okoro and respected international player, Basiru Bakare from Lakowe Lakes Golf Estate Lagos. The top six finishers at the event will card home; 10, 000; 6,000; 4, 000; 2, 000; 1,600 and 800 dollars equivalent respectively. Togo’s Agbavon Kosivi, who won the event in 2011, three-time Nigeria Tour leader, Emos Korblah and Gabonese star, Brice Moukagni, are also rated for the 72 holes championship.
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