The status quo remains intact at the 50th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup as top seeds lived up to their billing after securing their places in the last eight of the competition.
Olajide Omotayo and Bose Odusanya worked their way into the quarterfinal of the men and women singles after recording easy win from the first round of the championship.
Also, second seeds – David Fayele and Nimota Aregbesola also marched into the last eight as winners emerged in the mixed doubles event of the competition.
The pairing of Fayele and Aregbesola claimed the first title after emerging winners in the mixed doubles event.
Fayele and Aregbesola convinced the fans with their victory over highly-rated Omotayo and Tolu Durosimi-Etti. The duo won 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-9) to lift the trophy this year.
An exited Fayele admitted that the win was not without its challenges: “I feel so delighted and great winning this title with my partner. It was not really easy beating our opponent. I thank God for this great achievement,” said Fayele.
Meanwhile, the family of the late sponsor of the competition has promised to make the final on Friday an elaborate one. They however, ruled out making the tournament a national event.
“There is no immediate plan to make the competition national. The relationship with the Lagos state government and the people of Lagos has been very good and one we will like to continue in the years to come. We must remember that Lagos is a cosmopolitan state, so I am sure the benefit of the competition would have gone beyond the indigenes of the State,” said Deji Okoya-Thomas.
He added: “This year being the golden jubilee is unique and the arrangement is much more than last year, and we hope this will translate into a memorable event. Fifty years is a very long time, so the achievement of hosting this competition for that long must be well celebrated.”