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Oyebanji sets pace for Euro chase in Cameroon

Nigeria’s Gboyega Oyebanji      has taken the mid way lead at the first Cameroon International Golf Championship going on at the Yaoundé GolfClub.

His level par carding on Thursday leaves him one shot ahead of the field that comprises top professional golf players from Cote d’Ivore, Gabon, Morocco, Nigeria and host Cameroon. He shot two over par on the opening day.

Oyebanji said he is feeling great and believes that he has great rounds ahead; “I am happy with my swing and I am taking the game as it comes. The next two rounds are very crucial and I believe they will go well as expected”

The Nigerian team comprises of eight players and all the players are well placed for the prime prize of ten thousand Euros (10, 000 Euros). Cameroon’s best player, Ebela Desire is lying one shot behind Oyebanji after carding 71, one under par at the four day event, while Nigeria’s Abdullahi Ali  and Gift Willy holds the third  and fourth spot after the 36 holes of play.

Gift Willy  and Seventh placed Mike Ubi both blew their second day brilliant show on the back nine, but while Ubi coasted home with 71, one under par, Willy signed off a 74, two over to set the tone for a Nigerian dominance at the last three flights of the weekend game.

Oche Odoh, Christian Godfrey  and Basiru Bakare are all evenly placed and are only looking to better their chance as the crucial rounds tees-off on Friday though Saturday.

Odoh, three-time Nigeria number one said of the event; “I think it has been a tough setting for all the players, the course has been playing tough, the putting green has not been in good shape.

And that on its own has had it set back for how the Nigerian players has fared in this championship not minding that we are still very favourably positioned; we could have done better” he said.

He went on to say that, given how the players has survived the tough rounds; “I believe the next two rounds can be better”


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