LIKE SUPER FALCONS, LIKE BOSE ODUSANYA
The story of the Super Falcons can be used as a colourful narrative in the world of women’s table tennis in Nigeria. Like the Super Falcons that have completely dominated women’s football in Africa, having won 9 officially organized women’s African nations cup with 2 unofficial wins to make it 11.The challenge is that they haven’t been able to translate their dominance on the continent to any meaningful advantage of note on the world stage. In all their world cup appearances they have flattered to deceive except in one.
FAVOURITES TO THE CORE
In table tennis in Lagos State defending champion Bose Odusanya can easily be referred to as Miss Asoju Oba Cup because before the 50th edition of the longest table tennis competition in Africa and one of the longest in the world she had won 3 consecutive trophies from 2015-2017, so all eyes were on her to beat all comers and do the impossible; set a record of winning 4 straight finals and also cart home the prestigious prize of a car.
Last year she defeated lefty Alimot Ayinla in a one sided final, a gifted lefty who I refer to as the Nigeria’s Meshref, has since “decamped” to represent another State especially at the National Sports Festival (that was why she didn’t participate in the golden jubilee edition) States they believe pay well and have better welfare package for their athletes. Majority of the table tennis players that will be representing other States at the NSF were actually rooted in Lagos.
WE HAD A CHAT WITH BOSE…
Before the commencement of the singles event, Sportsdiscourse sat with the defending champion Bose Odusanya and asked her what are goals were at this year’s tournament, she was emphatic – “to win the competition, set the record and go home with the ultimate prize” which she said she heard about but no concrete confirmation from the organisers. She believed that despite the fact that her rival and defeated finalist had left for another State, there remains one or two players that can stand as stumbling block.
TO THE FINAL
So she went through everyone like wildfire, a feat she had been unable to replicate at the national level. After her triumph last year at the Asoju Oba tourney, she flattered to deceive when the crème de la crème of Nigerian female ping pongers gathered at the National Stadium in December 2017 for the National competition which served as trials for the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia.
THE FINAL …
Standing between Bose Odusanya and history was Nimota Aregbesola the “carefree” lady who isn’t overwhelmed by the magnitude of any occasion, she just plays her game to her capacity and enjoyment,
So like the Super Falcons whose dominance on the continent is never in doubt, Bose has dominated Lagos without any hassles but also like the SUPER FALCONS who haven’t been able to translate their dominance to the world stage Bose has always failed to shake the order at the national level. A situation she said she is working hard to correct and improve her game. She went home with the grand prize of a car after beating Nimota in a keenly contested 4 games to 2 (11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10, (4-2).), a final match that lived up to expectation, threw the crowd into diverse frenzy and made many converts for the beautiful game of table tennis.
Congratulations to Bose Odusanya for her record four straight Asoju Oba Table tennis TITLE.
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