Nigeria’s Tennis Star Shonaike Beats Africa’s Number One To Become African Champion

By Ikenga Chronicles October 31, 2016

Nigeria’s Tennis Star Shonaike Beats Africa’s Number One To Become African Champion

Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike reclaimed her stance as the Queen of Africa at the ITTF African Senior Championships on Sunday in grand style by beating Africa’s number one seed and Egypt’s Dina Meshref 4-2 in the final of the women’s singles.

The Egyptian has been unbeaten in the last two years, but Oshonaike with her experience and focus whipped the North
African to emerge as the new continent’s number one star.

To emerge as the new African Champion, Oshonaike won (7-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11).

The table tennis queen was in tears while speaking to our correspondent on the telephone.

She said: “I knew it was going to be tough because being the African champion and she has been unbeaten in the last two year.

“I just told myself to go out there and have fun and show my experience and when it started working I gained more confidence. But when the match was 2-2, my coach, Segun Toriola, told me not to give up and I kept on going and it worked for me at last.

“This victory means a lot to me that I can still become African champion despite my age. It shows that nothing is impossible regardless of age inasmuch as you put your mind to it.”

“I am so happy despite the challenges of making it to Morocco. I feel great and I am so excited that I can still do it and this is also an inspiration for girls that no matter your age, you can achieve whatever you put your mind into in life.”

“However, Aruna Quadri’s efforts of becoming the continent champion failed as the Nigerian fell 4-3 to defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, in an entertaining final. An elated Omar Assar said after the match,

“It was really a crazy match because against Aruna is always very exciting. I gave my 100 per cent concentration and I listened more to my coach, Helmy Ashraf. ”

“Aruna played very well because he was always changing service and he was more aggressive on his forehand. I am so happy retaining the title and I hope I can play better than this in future tournament.”

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