Okanlawon Usman from Oyo State stole the show by coming from three sets down to win 4-3 against Adegoke Muiz of WACO table tennis club, Lagos to emerge as the Junior Boys champion at the 2nd Anthonia Akiode South West Cadet and Junior table tennis Championship at the indoor sports hall of Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja Abeokuta, Ogun State

Okanlawon defiled all odds and produced an outstanding performance to win 9-11, 3-11, 11-12 11-7 11-9 11-3 11- 9 (4-3) to win the coveted trophy and the twenty thousand naira prize money.

Earlier in the day Oyeniyi Kehinde defeated Akeem Shadiat 4-2 to clinch the Junior girls singles.

Okanlawon Kadijat had the better of Olorunfunmi Adekoya with a 3-2 Victory to win the Cadet girls category, just as Adeyemi Olamide ran riot over Fasasi to win the Boys Cadet title 3-0.

The second runner up in the Cadet category went home with five thousand naira each while the first runner up got seven thousand five hundred naira and the champions fifteen thousand naira each.

In the Junior category, the winners went home with twenty thousand naira, the first runner up got fifteen thousand naira and the second runner up seven thousand naira.

Apart from the prize money, they also got medals to show for at the end of the three day event.

Chairman of the occasion who is a former sports commissioner in Ogun state Hon. Afolabi Afuape gave kudos to the financier Mr Dapo Akiode for his giant strides towards developing sports in the state.

Hon. Afuape expressed optimism that the brain behind Hoffnung Sports foundation will be extremely useful to the development of sports in Ogun state when the Ogun State sports Commission bill as well as the trust fund bill scales through at the House of Assembly.

Present at the Grand Finale were Chairman House committee on sports Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Sola Adams, former chairman House committee on sports, Hon. Allen Taylor, Director Ogun State Sports Council Mr Sola Faleti and a host of other top guns in the sports sector.

Members of the Dapo Abiodun Sports group also came in numbers to grace the epoch making Occasion

Bayo Adegboyega

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