ITTF blue badge umpire and referee of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) national league held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, John Peters, has lauded the participating teams for putting up good performance in the championship.
At the event, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) emerged as the overall champions in the men and women categories.
The umpire said: “We are indeed thrilled by the performance of all the teams especially teams that took part in the grand finale. One thing that made this tournament distinct was that from the start of the championship, no team was sure of winning the competition.
“Even the teams that won were initially defeated. So for us, this has achieved its aim of bringing out the best in the players. We are very happy that the best teams emerged as champions and we look forward to some of these players making their way into the national teams. With this kind of programme, I am sure that the dominance of Egypt will surely be halted in no distance time”.
The Kazeem Makanjuola-led NSCDC male team conquered Union Maritime 3-0 to be crowned the champion, while Rashidat Ogundele-led female team rally from behind to beat Union Bank Sports Club 3-2 to take the title.
Also for their efforts in the one-week league, Makanjuola and Ogundele were named at the most valuable players (MVP) of the competition.
For their feat the male team carted home N.4m, while the female team took away N.25m.
Individually, Makanjuola and Ogundele were rewarded with N50,000 and N25,000 respectively for their performance in the tournament.
Also, two junior players – Abayomi Animashahun and Michael Obayomi were given full sponsorship to attend the 2015 Egypt Cadet and Junior Open by Friends of Table Tennis.