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2015 most terrible for Squash, says Nigerian player


Babatunde Ajagbe, the Nigerian-number-one-ranked-squash player, on Friday said the outgoing year was the “most terrible’’ in the history of the Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF).

Ajagbe told the News Agency of (NAN) in Lagos that there was no remarkable event in the sport throughout 2015.

“Looking at other countries and there squash programmes, you will see that the Nigerian squash is still way behind, squash in Nigeria has not developed.

“I can’t remember the last time a tournament was organised in Nigeria. I was out of the country for some months and I saw the junior and senior programmes in countries like the USA and Canada.

“We still have a long way to go in this country.

“There are tournaments every week at different levels in different clubs abroad.

“The world teams’ championship is ongoing now in Egypt and we are not there,’’ he said.

Ajagbe said that one of the factors responsible for the current poor state of squash development in the country was lack of unity among stakeholders.

“ The board needs to have a common goal to work toward achieving the desired goals for the development of the game.

“If there is no unity among the stakeholders, nothing can be done.

“The time that should have been spent to write for corporate sponsorship is being spent on frivolous things that are setting us back.

“No sponsor will want to invest his money when we don’t have a united house, sponsors don’t want to be associated with scandals,’’ he said.

The player lamented that the federation had not had it so bad in its history.

“NSF has never had it so bad like this outgoing year; we need to restructure and reposition the federation in order to regain our lost glory.

“The board should stop pointing accusing fingers at one another because it is we, the players, that are suffering from the disunity among the board members,’’ Ajagbe said.

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