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National Youth Games: Delta, Ekiti Gun For Boys, Girls Singles Gold

Team Delta and Ekiti are overwhelming favorites to clinch gold medals in the boys and girls Singles final matches at the ongoing National Youth Games in Ilorin.

The tennis event which is reaching its finale is expected to be concluded on Monday, 18 October, and both Delta and Ekiti States stand a chance of winning gold medals in both boys and girls categories.

Oluwaseun Ogunshakin ensured that Ekiti moved on from last year’s disappointment to thrash Lagos’s Michael Nekepkeme who has had an amazing tournament, 4-1, 4-2 while his opponent, Abubakary Yusuf battled hard to earn his win against number one seed, Mubarak Ganiyu in a 1-4, 4-2, 10-4 game.

Abubakary Yusuf is now a clear favourite for the gold medal after some impressive performances at the National Youth Games in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital. Photo Credit: Nigeria Tennis Live.

The match between Yusuf and Mubarak was extremely tense as the Delta player, coupled with the support of his team, won his second consecutive long match at the Games, and will now be a clear favorite for the gold medal .

Thus, Mubarak, a national player, had to settle for bronze medal at the 2021 edition of the competition.

The finals of the Singles matches will be played on Monday morning, followed by the Doubles Semis and Finals before the Mixed Doubles event will follow suit.

Below are the results from other matches played on Sunday, 17 October.

Singles Quarterfinals

Delta vs Ekiti
Blessing Otu vs Success Ogunjobi
4-2, 4-2 (Blessing)

Benue vs Ekiti
Eunice Iorlumun vs Iretomiwa Oni
4-1, 4-1

Lagos vs Oyo
Justina Emmanuel vs Imole Afolabi
4-1, 5-4(3), 10-5

Salamatu Haruna vs Naomi Sunday
4-2, 4-2 (Salamatu)

Oyo vs Ondo
Mubarak Ganiyu vs Rahman Zayan
4-1, 4-1 (Ganiyu)

Lagos vs Niger
Michael Nekepkeme vs Elisha Kwange
4-1, 4-2

Delta vs FCT
Abubakary Yussuf vs Saidu Sani

Ekiti vs Delta
Oluwaseun Ogunshakin vs Yahaya Sani
4-1, 4-2 (Ogunshakin)

Singles Semis

Oyo vs Delta
Imole Afolabi vs Blessing Otu
4-0, 4-1 (Blessing)

Ekiti vs FCT
Iretomiwa Oni vs Salamatu Haruna
4-0, 4-2 (Iretomiwa)

Oluwaseun Ogunshakin vs Michael Nekepkeme
4-1, 4-2 (Ogunshakin)

Ganiyu Mubarak vs Abubakary Yusuf
1-4, 4-2, 10-4 (Yusuf)


First Round:
Wuraola Fatima/Wuraola Shakirat vs Adai Blessing/Adeniyi Bukola
4-1, 5-4(1) (Adai/Adeniyi)

Salamatu Haruna/Naomi Sunday vs
Suwa Nenrot vs Monday Blessing
4-2, 5-3 (Haruna/Sunday)

Iretomiwa Oni/Success Ogunjobi vs Mary Ekpenyong/Etoro Bassey
4-0, 4-0 (Oni/Ogunjobi)

Sunmisola Okajare/Justina Emmanuel vs
Sarah Daini/Gloria Oladipo
4-0, 4-0 (Okajare/Emmanuel)

Favour Amaeshi/Ayetuoma Fego vs Eunice Iorlumun/Mary Iorlumun
4-0, 4-2 (Iorlumun)

Osato Okiri/Precious Samson vs Blessing Otu/Favour Godwin
4-0, 4-0 (Otu/Godwin)

Ajulo Niniola/Ijaola Favour vs
Blessing Otu/Favour Godwin
1-4, 4-1, 10-8 (Otu Godwin)

Sunmisola Okajare/Justina Emmanuel vs Adai Blessing/Adeniyi Bukola
4-0, 4-0 (Okajare/Emmanuel)

Iretomiwa Oni/Success Ogunjobi vs
Eunice Iorlumun/Mary Iorlumun
5-3, 4-1 (Oni/Ogunjobi)

Imole Afolabi/Rokibat Taiwo vs Salamatu Haruna/Naomi Sunday
4-2, 4-0 (Haruna/Sunday)


Oluwaseun Ogunshakin/Oluwaseyi Ogunshakin vs David Dalyop/David Isaiah
5-3, 4-0 (Ogunshakin/Ogunshakin)

Elisha Kwange/Yahuza Bello vs Sani Yahaya/Abubakary Yusuf
4-0, 4-1 (Yahaya/Abubakary)

Lucky Danjuma/Saidu Sani vs Sodiq Kushimo/Ayomide Oduwaye
2-4, 4-0, 10-4 (Danjuma Sani)

Onyekachi Ogumjiofor/Ganiyu Mubarak vs John Nubari/Precious Ikeuba
4-1, 2-4, 10-8 (Ogumjiofor/Mubarak)

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