Cross Riverian Wins Inaugural National Open Table Tennis Tourney In Lagos

Cecilia Otu Akpan

By CrossRiverWatch Admin

Cecilia Otu Akpan
Cecilia Otu Akpan

Cross River born Cecilia Otu-Akpan claimed the singles title at the final of the maiden Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships (women category) held at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.

The Cross River State Canaan Queens Table Tennis Club also came second in the Club Championships while the pair of Cecilia Otu and Affiong Agbor came second in the Women’s Doubles category in the event meant to assist the members of the Nigeria junior team to the 2016 ITTF World Junior championships holding in South Africa later this month to shape up.

Cecilia who won the national tourney in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital in 2013 was also the winner of the first Lagos International Table Tennis Classics, were she conquered the continent’s junior favorite, Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing and compatriot, Edem Offiong.

Director of the just concluded Lagos tournament, John Peters told journalists that he was satisfied with the level of organization: “The championships served as a final training session for our South Africa- bound junior players. Happily, the young lads and lasses lived up to expectations. They not only won several prizes, but also won awards as the players of the championships in both female and male categories.

“The organization was super and praise worthy. I wish our ambassadors to the ITTF Junior World championships a good outing. I must also give kudos to the NTTF President, Wahid Oshodi for rallying his friends to sponsor the competition.

“I call on all lovers of Table Tennis in Nigeria to support him to ensure that there are top performing players to succeed the Toriolas, the Oshonaikes and the Harunas when they retire.”

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