Niger wins U-13 maiden Ex-PROS Diaspora Squash tournament
.Squash C’man laments delay in payment of coaches, technical staff
By Ummi Ismaeel,
Niger State, Gideon Bala Ibrahim has emerged winners in the first
Ex-PROS (Diaspora) U-13 (Boys) National Squash Tournament, while Mercy
Afokhai also of Niger State came third in the U-16 (Girls) of the same event.
Gideon Bala defeated Ibrahim Balogun 3-0 to clinch the number one
position during the maiden tournament which held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, and watched by the President Nigeria Squash Federation
(NSF), Comrade Boye Oyelinde, his Vice, Yusuf Umar and other national
During the three-day tournament which 20 states participated,
Odunlade Adeyi of Kwara state emerged first in the U-16 females, while Nasirudeen Abdulrahman also of Kwara State clinched the number one position for the U-16 male category.
President of Ex-PROS (Diaspora), Mr. Shittu Femi Solomon, said that the championship organized by
ex-professional squash players in the diaspora was part of efforts to
plough back what they gained from the squash as a brand of sports over the years.
Shittu who also appealed to weathy Nigerians and philanthropists to support grassroots mobilization for
Squash as a way of discovering talents in rural areas.
Meanwhile, the new chairman of the Niger State Squash Association,
Alhaji Mohammed Babujee, has called on Governor Abubakar Bello to intervene and
unravel the circumstances surrounding non-payment of allowances to
coaches and other supporting staff that accompanied players to the
recent Nigeria Youth Games.
Babujee spoke after receiving the players and coaches who made the state proud in the maiden Ex-PROS Squash
He said that he was worried that failure to pay the coaches could
dampen their zeal to prepare the players for future challenges.