Team Nigeria travels to New Zealand for World Squash Team Championship

Posted : 05 December 2023

A four-member team from Nigeria jetted out of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Tuesday to participate in the Men's World Squash Team Championship organized by the World Squash Federation (WSF) in Tauranga, New Zealand.

The team, comprising Tunde Ajagbe, Onaopemipo Adegoke, Olufunmilayo Gabriel, and Kehinde Samuel, is one of 24 teams that have confirmed their participation in the championship.

The biennial tournament, which features four-man squads from national federations, provides a platform for the teams to battle it out for the title of World Squash Team Champions.

The tournament will begin on December 11 and run until December 17 at New Zealand's Mercury Baypark Arena and the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre in Tauranga.

Yusuf Durosinlorun, the Technical Chairman of the Nigeria Squash Federation, revealed that the tournament was part of the federation's program to ensure that players were exposed to international competitions.

"The federation is focused on ensuring that our players not only participate in international tournaments but also perform well," he said.

"We're hopeful that these men will deliver. Most of the top 10 male players in the world will be competing, so there will be a really high level of competitiveness on the court. We wish our players the best," he added.

The tournament will be one of the largest sporting events of the year in the region, featuring around 100 of the world's best squash athletes.

This year's event marks a welcome return for the championship, which has not been played since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participating countries are:

Australia
Brazil
Canada
Czech Republic
Egypt
England
France
Germany
Hong Kong, China
India
Japan
Kuwait
Malaysia
Netherlands
Philippines
Republic of Korea
Scotland
South Africa
Switzerland
USA
Wales
In the last edition in 2019 in the USA, Team Nigeria finished 21st, while Team Egypt won the tournament.

 

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