Abeokuta – A coach with the Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF), Friday Omeben, on Tuesday in Abeokuta described the standard of play at the ongoing second edition of Olusegun Obasanjo Squash Tournament as impressive.

Omeben, a former number one ranked player in the 1960’s, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ogun capital that players were playing “so intensely.’’

The tournament is being held in commemoration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s birthday.

“The quality of play is good. The players are in good form. It is interesting seeing young boys and girls playing so intensely.

“We have seen a lot of players with potential here and with more exposure, it will get better,” he said.

In the U-21 category, 16 boys will slug it out at the Alake Sports Complex, Abeokuta, venue of the tournament, while 16 U-23 girls will have a faceoff for the trophy.

Yemisi Olatunji defeated Falilat Lasisi 2-0, while Rebecca Auta also crushed Ibukun Ajani 2-0 in a game of best of three.

On the level of preparations for the forthcoming Africa Squash Open scheduled for May 4 to May 9 in Abuja, Omeben called for early camping of qualified players.

“I believe that with early camping we will do better and we should not wait till May to start camping.” (NAN)

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