By Ijeoma Okigbo
Gabriel Olufunmilayo and Busayo Olatunji have won the second edition of the Wiser Squash Invitational in Abuja.
Olufunmilayo defeated Adegoke Onaopemipo 3-1 (11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9) on Saturday to defend his title in the men’s category.
Similarly, Olatunji fought hard to see off Rofiat Abdulazeez 3-2 (11/13, 11/6, 12/10, 5/11 11/1) in the Women’s Event.
Olufunmilayo, who is Nigeria’s second ranked male player, acknowledged that the game against Onaopemipo, Nigeria’s number one, was a tough one.
“I tried to give my best. It wasn’t an easy game for me at all because Onaopemipo is a strong player.
“He has beaten me three times this year and I felt it’s time to take my pound of flesh.
“I had to win, I noticed he had a cramp at some point and I guess it worked to my advantage. I had an issue with my groin as well but I just had to win,” Olufunmilayo said.
On her part, Olatunji, the country’s top ranked female player, was thankful with her victory against second ranked Abdulazeez, adding that she lost concentration in the game at some point.
“I am very happy to have won the game. It was a tough game and I lost concentration and was leading 2-1, but it soon became a tie.
“So, I’m happy to have won and gained more Professional Squash Association (PSA) points,” she said.
Fifty players took part in the event, organised to help Nigerian players gain PSA points