Players from Delta State and the Federal Capital are among those leading the pack of players gunning for gold medal at the National Youth Games in Ilorin.
They have both recorded a hundred percent in the matches their players have participated in already, and are beginning to look like favourites to win gold medal in the competition.
Saidu Sani from the FCT opened the tournament with a brilliant 4-1, 4-0 win over Kaduna’s Segun Odonofre while his compatriot Lucky Danjuma saw off Wisdom Effiong in a 4-0, 4-0 game as well.
He passed the baton to Delta State’s Abubakary Yusuf who defeated Victor Adai from Kogi State in two quick sets of 4-0, 4-0.
The standout match of the day whose scoreline doesn’t reflect the intrigue and intensity was the tie between Yahaya Sani-Inabo from Delta and Precious Ikeuba of Rivers State.
Yahaya won the match 4-1, 4-1, but people who watched will confirm that it was tension soaked from start to finish.
Only one match for the girls was concluded while the remaining two were suspended as everywhere became dark already.
Below are all the results from today’s matches:
FCT vs Kaduna
Saidu Sani vs Odonofre Segun
4-1, 4-0 (Saidu)
Ekiti vs Rivers
Seyi Ogunshakin vs John Nubari
4-0, 4-0 (John)
Delta vs Kogi
Abubakary Yusuf vs Victor Adai
4-0, 4-0 (Yusuf)
Kwara vs Nasarawa
Abdulkareem Abdul vs Isimail Usman
4-1, 4-1 (Abdul)
Imo vs Ondo
Nwosu Munachiso vs Rahman Zayan
4-2, 4-1 (Zayan)
Taraba vs Ogun
David Isaiah vs Ayo Oduwaye
4-1, 4-0 (Oduwaye)
Akwa Ibom vs FCT
Wisdom Effiong vs Lucky Danjuma
4-0, 4-0 (Danjuma)
Rivers vs Delta
Precious Ikeuba vs Yahaya Sani-Inabo
4-1, 4-1 (Yahaya)
Niger vs Oyo
Elijah Kwange vs Onyekachi Ogumjiofor
4-1, 4-1 (Kwange)
Kogi vs Kano
Danjuma Isaac vs Ahmed Adamu
4-2, 4-2 (Danjuma)
Lagos vs Benue
Nekepkeme Michael vs Orgon Kpum
4-2, 1-4, 14-12 (Michael)
Kano vs Akwa-Ibom
Mohammed Sani vs Joel Ekpenyong
4-1, 4-0 (Sani)
Taraba vs Ogun
Dalyop David vs Ayomide Promise
4-2, 4-0 (Ayomide)
Plateau vs Edo
Nenrotmu Polycap vs Samson Precious
4-0, 4-0 (Plateau)
Lagos vs Imo
Emmanuel Justina vs Ndem Divine
Kwara vs Ondo
Fatima Wuraola vs Adisa Sarah