Fatimo Bello has emerged the winner of the maiden Nigeria Table Tennis Federation National Women Singles Open Championship concluded at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Sunday.
Bello, champion at the African Games trials, defeated Tosin Oribamise in four straight sets 11 -7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 .
She had earlier edged Cecilia Otu-Akpan and Ganiat Aruna in the semi-final and quarter-final respectively, before carting home the N200,000 prize money after her win over Oribamise.
“I’m very happy and excited about the victory. This is going to help me a lot because I won’t stop training and continue to work hard,” she told
“Training is the key to my success and hopefully I will continue to win. I actually started training two months ago for the trials and this women’s singles championship, and I was expecting to win, so it is not a surprise.
“As the first winner of this tournament, which means I’m one of the best players in Nigeria, I will like to play abroad and do all my possible best if I get the opportunity. I’m looking forward to playing for the national team and excel with the team,” she said.
The tournament, sponsored by the NTTF president, Ishaku Tikon, was to rate female players and select team for major championships.
“We have gotten the result of why we staged the competition. A new queen has emerged and the line-up according to their ranking have also been established. We are good to go and we are prepared to conquer Africa and we are on our way to dominate table tennis in the region,” Tikon said.