Godwin Olofua of Lagos State and Zainab Momoh of Oyo State have emerged winners of the first edition of the Governor’s South West Badminton Tournament, which ended at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos on Saturday.
The championship, which is featured players from the six South West states, included the country’s top 16 ranked players from the region.
In the final on Saturday, Olofua defeated Habeeb Bello of Oyo State 2-1 to win the men’s singles while Momoh beat Tosin Atolagbe of Ogun State 2-1 to win the women’s singles.
The 17-year-old Olofua, who is a former Lagos State junior champion, needed three sets to take the victory as he took the first set 21-18, before losing the second set to Bello 21-11 but he came back to take the last set 21-16 to be crowned champion.
In the women’s singles, the experience of Atolagbe could not come to bear as she lost the first set to Momoh 21-18 before taking the second set 21-17 while Momoh took the third set 21-17.
For the men’s doubles, Lagos duo Olofua and Opeyori Anuoluwapo defeated Oyo pair of Bello and Umar Sadiq 2-0 to win the title while in the U-15 category, Omolade Alade of Ogun State beat Aminat Olatunji of the same state 2-0 to win the girls title while Okunola Roland of Ogun beat Kelvin Sanyaolu of Lagos 2-0 to lift the boys’ event.
Olofua and Momoh won the cash prize of N150,000 each while Bello and Atolagbe went home with N100,000 each.
Chairman, Lagos State Badminton Association, Francis Orbih, told our correspondent that the competition has thrown up new talents for the region to nurture to stars.
Orbih said the competition was organised to improve the sport at the grassroots in the South West.
“The competition is aimed at making the South West the hub of badminton in Nigeria and we have seen the abundance of talents that the region has to offer when it comes to badminton,” he said.
“The country needs more players to enable us to compete favourably in Africa and the world and the South West cannot be left out in the scheme of such good things – hence these talents will be nurtured to become future stars in the sport.”