Rofiat Beats Busayo To Win Prime Atlantic National Squash Open Title
Squash talent Rofiat Abdulazeez is the 2019 Prime Atlantic National Squash Open champion after defeating Busayo Olatunji.
Rofiat, who hails from Kwara state defeated Lagos-based Busayo 3-0, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 in the final played on Saturday at Ikoyi Club 1938 squash court.
The title is Rofiat’s second title in recent time, as she produced some stunning squash throughout the encounter to knock out tournament favourite.
Busayo, looked nervy throughout the 35 minutes encounter as Rofiat opened up a two-game lead.
The start of the third set, Busayo came out fighting but it wasn’t meant to be for the top seed as Rofiat resisted her attempt to win a game.
However, Busayo spirited showing wasn’t good enough to dislodge a determined Rofiat.
In the Men’s final, Sodiq Taiwo defeated Kehinde Samuel in three straight sets of 11-6, 11-9 and 11-5 to emerge champion.
In the Under-16 categories, Favour Utukpe defeated Mistura Durosinlorun 11-9, 12-10 and 11-9 to emerge champion while Fortune La’ah beat Dominion Utukpe 10-12,11-9,11-5 and 11-7 to claim the boys’ title.
Speaking after the finals, Marketing and Communications Manager, Prime Atlantic, Aderonke Adebanjo said the company commitment to development of squash is the central motivation.
“We are delighted that the players turn out en masse to take part in the Prime Atlantic Squash Championship. Our vision as a company is to see that sports develop in the country.
“With the abundant talents seen in this championship, I believe Nigeria has a future in squash. All the players need is continuous competitions to sharpen their skills,” she said.
Mr. Boye Oyerinde, commended the sponsor of the championship for their sacrifice and support.
The Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) President noted that “2019 has been good for squash based on the various tournaments the players are exposed to in the country.
“The Prime Atlantic Squash Championship gave the players the chance to raise the standard of their game. The federation is looking up to organise more quality championships to keep players in top form. “Getting Nigeria to the top in squash is a continuous process which needs more sponsorship,” he said.
Over 50 players participated in the competition.