Nigeria superlative performance at the just concluded 2017 ITTF Egypt Junior and Cadet Open is a testimony of the recent success in effort at returning Nigeria to her glory days of dominance in table-tennis in Africa.
Esther Oribamise , Mati Taiwo and Azeez Solanke represented Nigeria at the recently concluded event which took place in Sharm El- Sheikh, Egypt on Sunday. The five days event, which featured sixteen countries, saw Nigeria dominate with three Gold and three Bronze medals .
Mati Taiwo , who won two gold medals in both the singles and double event at the third National youth games in Ilorin display a superlative performance at the open by wining two gold and a bronze medal .
The twelve years old , who made his international debut in Egypt defeated two Egyptians enroute the final of the Hope Boys’ single event , he overcame Egypt’s Moamen Salaheldin (11-1,14-12,11-6) to claim the Gold medal . In the final of the Boys’ Cadet Event , he defeated Tunisia ‘s Youssef Ben Attia (11-7,11-3,13-15,11-9,11-7) for his second Gold medal of the event.
The Ondo based Mati ,who won the most improved player award at the recently concluded 2017 ITTF Challenge Seamaster in lagos, won a Bronze medal at the Cadet Boys’ team event.
Nigeria other medals at the Egypt Junior and Cadet open came through the duo of Esther Oribamise and Azeez Solanke , who had already qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina .
Paired for doubles with India’s Selena Selvakumer, Esther Oribamise won a Gold medal in Junior Girls’ double event. Also, she won a bronze medal in the Junior Girls’ team event .
Azeez Solanke won Nigeria’s third bronze medal in the Junior Boys’ double event .