NSF: 19-year old rising star knocks out Funke Oshonaike

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Veteran Table Tennis queen Funke Oshonaike has suffered yet another loss as she was on Monday evening knocked out in the quarter-finals Women’s single by 19-year-old Nimota Aregbesola in the ongoing National sports festival in Abuja.

The quarterfinals game which was played at the Indoor Sports Hall package B of the National stadium yesterday saw Aregbesola representing Lagos State defeating Oshonaike 4-3 (11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3, 10-12, 14-12).

The defeat came just a day after former African champions Funke Oshonaike and Segun Toriola who are representing Akwa Ibom were knocked out in the mixed doubles quarter-final by Team Oyo which had the duo of Ajala Fumilola and 56-year-old Taofeeq Maya in action on Sunday

Aregbesola who against all odds expectedly was overjoyed at the feat she has achieved.

She couldn’t believe she had beaten one of the best tennis players in Nigeria, added that she was aiming for the gold medal.

“I couldn’t believe I will beat Funke. I was confident at the beginning but I lost hope as the game progressed. I just listened to my coach and teammates cheering me on to pull my last point.

“This is my first participation at the NSF, and I am aiming for the gold medal,” she managed to say as fans hurried to celebrate with her,” she added


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