Nigeria’s Table Tennis queen, Funke Oshonaike has blamed her loss at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival on the facilities at the stadium claiming she was forced to play under a very harsh conditions.
The former African champion was defeated in the quarter-finals Women’s single by 19-year-old Nimota Aregbesola on Monday at the Indoor Sports Hall package B of the National stadium.
The loss came just a day after she and Segun Toriola who represented Akwa Ibom were dumped 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.
In a chat with www.thesportsbay.com , Oshonnaike said she is glad someone she is mentoring defeated her.
“I was very happy for Rimota. She is under my foundation. She is someone I am grooming. I felt like a mother to her when I was the happiness in her. But I felt bad because I lost and had promised my state medals.
“I am happy I have been able to motivate somebody and for her to feel she is good after beating a legend.
“I came to Abuja a day before the National sports festival competitions which affected me apart from that, the floor is not good enough and it is slippery, the lighting is very poor and the tables are very old.
“It’s very hard for me as a professional to be playing under such bad condition.
“Segun and I lost the mixed doubles due to the rigors we underwent before arriving at the game, we were experiencing severe bouts of jet lag, so when we were called for the game we were almost asleep on our feet, which did not go well for us.”
According to her “Even for an amateur, it is not easy but you know in Nigeria, a lot of athletes are used to the system but we are not used to it.
“Also we also have to state that it was also a fair win as our opponents played well and they deserved the victory”, she said.