Three members of the eight-man Team Nigeria listed for the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championships, Azeez Solanke, Alimot Ayinla and Rilwan Akanbi have advanced in the singles event of the 48th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Cup holding at Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Solanke and Akanbi continued their unbeaten run in the men’s singles breezing into the last 16 of the men’s singles while southpaw Alimot Ayinla also scaled through to the quarterfinal round of the women’s singles.
A determined Solanke believes the tournament would aid his preparation for the World Junior Championship as he is expected to compete against some of the experienced players in Lagos State.
“I am using this competition to tune up for the South Africa championship and I know it is not going to be easy but I will give my best to finish among the top players in the singles. I can also admit that the standard this year is high because most of the players taking part have featured in the just concluded NTTF National Championships,” Solanke said.
Meanwhile, men’s singles number one seed, Ahmed Adeyinka continued his good form as he qualified for the last 16 of the championship, while two members of the Team Nigeria to the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship, Azeez Solanke and Rilwan Akanbi also secured their places in the last 16.