Nigerians suffer humiliating defeats at Lagos Squash Classics


More Nigerians crashed out in the preliminary rounds of the 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday.

The competition enters its main draw on Wednesday after the completion of the preliminary rounds on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s Adegoke Onaopemipo lost 3-0 in the second round to South Africa’s  Jean-Pierre  Brits   while Abdurahaman Yusuf lost 3-0 to Egypt’s  Ahmed Hosny in the same round.

Femi Shedara lost 3-0 to Pakistan’s  Abdulmalik Khan while Brits    defeated Nigeria’s Sodiq Taiwo 3-2. Kehinde Samuel also lost 3-0 to Sean Conroy of Ireland.

In the women’s category, Yemisi Taiwo lost 3-0 to Idowu Ogunyemi in one of the preliminary rounds.

In the men’s main draw, Karim  Fathi of Egypt takes on Sebastien Bonmalais of France   on Wednesday while Joe Green of England takes on fellow Englishman Angus Gilams.

Brits takes on Mohamed El Sherbini of Egypt in another tie while India’s Aadit Zaveri faces  Egypt’s  Karim El Hammary. Egypt’s Mohamed Reda tackles Portugal’s  Rui Soares.

Conroy battles Switzerland’s  Dimitris Steinmann for a place in the quarterfinals while the only Nigerian in the main draw Babatunde Ajagbe engages  Shehab Essam of Egypt. Hosny takes on countryman Mazen Gamal in the last match.

In the women’s main draw, there are more Nigerians in action as top seed Eva Fertekova of the Czech Republic  clashes against Busayo Olatunji while Veronica Sunday takes on Dunni Okikiola and Salma Youssef of Egypt battles Faidat Soliu. Taiwo Ebilemi is up against Omolola Ajayi.

The Professional Squash Association-certified tournament as a prize money of $20,000 with the men playing for $15,000 while the women will share $5,000. The competition ends on Saturday.



Jibril .O