Uchechi Okere retains El-Marino table tennis title
The tournament was sponsored by Otunba Toyin Odunowo supported by Designers Affairs and N2i collections.
El-Marino is a Lagos-based sports club that promotes physical development of members and healthy living through participation in sporting activities.
It is a non-religious, multicultural and non-governmental club that also develop and contribute to charitable causes in various parts of the country.
The third-place match between Dapo Fashogbon and Alex Agbotia was won by Dapo Fashogbon.
Earlier, Paul Asemota defeated Alex Agbotia in one of the semifinals 11 – 7, 11 – 6, while Okere beat Dapo Fashogbon in the second semifinals 11 – 4, 11 – 5.
The tournament, which is the seventh edition of the El-Marino Sports Club ‘Alukimba Table tennis competition took place at the Alfred Gardens Recreation Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking at the end of the rivalries, the Team Manager of El-Marino Sports Club, Anthony Akamagwuna commended the organising Committee of the tournament for a job well done.
“We had a successful tournament. A winner has emerged in the person of Uchechi Okere, he is a perennial winner, other members must look for ways to improve themselves so that he could be knocked out of that first position stool.
All in all, it was a good tournament and we hope that next year’s tournament will be better than this one,” he said.
Also speaking during the post-match interview, Uchechi Okere said, “Sincerely speaking, this year’s Alukimba table tennis tournament of El-Marino Sports Club was very very interesting. Bringing it to this venue also made it more interesting.
Unlike previous editions, I think the participants did more preparation for this tournament.
That is why, this year, the table shifted a bit; our usual second position player was knock-off at the quarterfinal stage and we had two new participants clinching the second and third positions. I am very happy at that.
Even the final game was not very easy for me but by the grace of God and focus on what I was doing, God granted me victory”.
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