03 Apr 2019

Impressive performances, Nigeria emerged successful in both the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events at the 2019 Ghana Junior and Cadet Open in Accra on Tuesday 2nd April.

Azeez Solanke and Abayomi Animasahun combined to win the junior title; in the cadet event, Taiwo Mati and Jamiu Ayanwale secured the top prize.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After recording a 3-0 penultimate round success against the host nation’s Augustine Baidoo and Samuel Hagan, the same margin of victory was recorded in the final when facing the Congo Democratic formation comprising Christian Mbongia and Exauce Ngefussa.

Azeez Solanke gave his team the perfect start by beating Exauce Ngefussa (11-9, 11-7, 11-6), before Abayomi Animasahun overcame Christian Mbongia to extend the advantage; matters concluded with a four games doubles win (12-14, 11-6, 14-12, 11-5).

One contest earlier, at the semi-final stage, Christian Mbongia and Exauce Ngefussa had accounted for the partnership comprising Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez and James Smith; a 3-1 verdict was the end result, the one win for the defeated being recorded by Alfredo Sanchez. In the opening match of the fixture, he beat Christian Mbongia (11-6, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Comprehensive performances, Azeez Solanke and Abayomi Animasahun struck gold without being stretched the full five match distance at any stage of proceedings; it was the same for Taiwo Mati and Jamiu Ayanwale in the cadet boys’ team event.

A 3-1 success was the margin of victory in the final in opposition to India’s Mainak Nistala and Arnav Manoj Karnavar; after in the semi-final round a 3-0 victory had been posted against Saudi Arabia’s Salem Alsuwailem and Khalid Alshareif. An imposing performance from Taiwo Mati and Jamiu Ayanwale to book their place in the final, it was the same from Mainak Nistala and Arnav Manoj Karnavar. They posted a 3-0 win in opposition to Ghana’s Godwin Aseku and Godsword Daniel Tawiah.

The junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events concluded, attention now turns to the individual competitions.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Ghana Junior & Cadet Open Azeez Solanke Taiwo Mati Jamiu Ayanwale Abayomi Animasahun

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