Nigerian players participating in the 1st Governorâ€™s Open Squash Championship which strokes off today across four centres in the state have promised to shock international players also featuring in the championship.
Nigeriaâ€™s top seed and second ranked player in the female category, Kafayat Favour Idris and also Nigeriaâ€™s 5th ranked female player Dunni Okikiola told journalists yesterday at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos while registering for the championship that they would not sit back and watch the international players also featuring in the championship clean up all the prizes. Kafayat said though, the foreign players may have better facilities and training conditions than Team Nigeria, she was ready to fight them ball for ball and tactics for tactics.
Her words: â€œWe are ready for the challenge ahead. I can also assure you that we are not here for a tea party. We have participated in some international championships and I can assure you that we are not going to disappoint Nigerians.â€
Already, representatives of South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Ghana arrived Saturday night and are eagerly waiting for the championship to stroke off. Some of them that spoke to our correspondent expressed satisfaction at what they described as â€œworld classâ€™ facilities presented by the Main Organising Committee of the championship.
Speaking on the readiness of the MOC for the event, the MOC chairman, Hon. Deji Wellington, assured players and officials and spectators at large of a memorable championship. He urged Lagosians to troop out in their numbers to savour the championship.