Champions at the recently-concluded Headwaters national tournament, Kehinde Samuel (men) and Rofiat Abdulazeez (women’s class), were delighted with how they played at the competition, and believe they are at their best level for a few months after sweeping to victory in Lagos.
Following his triumph, Samuel said the title was “huge” especially as it helped him to earn ranking points to become the new Nigeria No.1 squash player.
The event was put together by Headwaters Sports, an institution run by Oluwaseun Peters. Peters is a former President of the Professional Squash Players Association of Nigeria (PSPAN).
The Headwaters squash tournament had top local players like Samuel, Abel Shedrack, Faruq Suleiman, Isaac Blessing, and Busayo Olatunji competing for honours.
“I’m very happy that it came just within the next two tournaments where I won my first national title. I’ve put it in loads of work in the past and I’m certain it is working well for me now.
“I’m glad it is going smoothly for now, and I won’t relent,” Samuel told Newsbreak.ng.
On his goals for the future, the 24-year-old expressed confidence in his own ability to “go far”.
“I know I have the tendency to go far in the game, but the ability to sustain this goal financially is the real deal, same as my dedication towards it.
“I am already dedicated to making sure I achieve these set goals both locally and internationally. I only hope to be able to get what is needed on the world circuit: talking about sponsorship, good coaching and exposure.”
This medium reports that Samuel collected 75 points from the Headwaters tournament to usurp Adegoke Onaopemipo as the nation’s No.1.
Speaking in similar vein, an elated Abdulazeez, 19, told this reporter that winning the championship “feels like a beginning of a new squash reign”.
The women’s No.1 expressed her wish to start playing international tournaments in order to raise the level of her game.
“I really wish someone or a corporate organization can step in to support my ambition of becoming one of Nigeria’s best-ever squash players,” Abdulazeez said.
Abdulazeez won against her arch-rival, Busayo Olatunji.
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