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Two Nigerians put on Mesmerizing Display in Togo, Emerge West African Champions

Posted : 30 April 2024

The Nigerian national champions were among the more than 32 men and 29 women from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, and host – Togo, who participated in the championship.


They competed in four events (team and singles for men and women).


The three-day tournament was organized to select teams that will represent the region at this year’s African Championships taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Despite not playing his best in the team event, which allowed Togo to dethrone Nigeria as the regional champions, Kuti ensured he was flawless in the singles event.


He defeated some established players, including the former regional champion – Oba Oba Kizito of Cote d’Ivoire, in the final.


Starting his campaign from the group where he dropped a game against Benin Republic’s Kossi Akakpo, Kuti breezed into the knockout round to make up for the loss in the team event.


From the round of 16, he defeated Togo’s national champion Kokou Fanny, 3-0, to advance to the quarter-final.


In the quarter-finals, he edged out his compatriot – Matthew Fabunmi 4-2 to set up a semi-final clash against the player that defeated him in the team event – Mawussi Agbetoglo of Togo.


With the mind of avenging the defeat, Kuti humbled the Togolese 4-2 to reach the final where he faced former champion, Oba Oba Kizito of Cote d’Ivoire.


Like the true champion he has been, Kuti mesmerized Kizito with a 4-1 victory to be crowned the new regional champion.


The win ensured that Nigeria held on to the title, which was won by Taiwo Mati in 2023.


Udoaka dominated the women’s singles, beating compatriot – Ajoke Ojomu 4-0 to claim the title.


In the team event, Nigerian ladies led by national champion, Hope Udoaka, dominated without dropping a game and beat Ghana 3-0 in the final to retain the title.


But the host team gave the fans something to cheer for with a 3-2 win over Nigeria to emerge as the regional powerhouse in the men’s team event.


Meanwhile, Madagascar reaffirmed its dominance of the East African region after claiming three of the four events at stake at the ITTF East Africa Regional Championships held in Kampala, Uganda.


Forty-one men and 29 women from Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and host Uganda converged in Kampala to compete in four events (team and singles for men and women).


Madagascar, led by Antoine Razafinarivo, emerged champions.


In the team event, the host – Uganda -were at their best in the women’s categories with the trio of Jemimah Nakawala, Judith Nangonzi, and Shanitah Namaala defeating their Kenyan counterparts to emerge champions.


In the men’s team event, Madagascar repeated their 2023 feat in Djibouti with a 3-0 victory over Uganda in the final.


They continued their reign in the singles as the duo of Razafinarivo and Hanitra Raharimanana claimed the titles ahead of their Ugandan counterparts.


Uganda’s Nangonzi wanted to repeat what they achieved in the women’s team with huge home support, but her efforts were thwarted by Raharimanana who claimed a 4-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10) victory to lift the trophy.


In the tension-soaked men’s singles final, Madagascan Razafinarivo was emphatic in his 4-1 (14-12, 11-5, 11-2, 12-10, 14-12) victory to end the tournament on a high note for the visiting Madagascan team.


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