By Sunny Canto
Elite athletes and able challenge Tennis players, who featured in a weeklong wheelchair event, were given various awards yesterday as the Puma Engineering National Open finished in style at MKO Stadium, Abuja.
Kafayiat Omisore claimed the women single champion, while famous Adewale Wasiu won the men single category of the well-organized sporting event.
Nigeria top seed, Adewale Wasiu beat his compatriot Wasiu Yusuf 6-3, 6-2 to retain the title for the third time, and Kafayiat Omisore dethrone Nwaozuzu Chituru 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 to record her first PUMA Engineering Wheelchair championship.
According to her, "Its a fierce challenge, though i'm attaching the success to my constant practise, because God helped me to win, also hoping to participate in future tournaments" she added.
While three times champions, said "I've seen so many fantastic players here, my opponent gave me a tough fight, although my triumph is as a result of my vast experience; will do more exploit in subsequent edition. Adewale assured.
Speaking to news men, Nigeria Tennis Federation President, Mr. Ifedayo Akindoju said, "I'm elated everything went fine also, we want to continue as our major aims and obligation is to engage the players, grow the game of Tennis" he summarized.
The third edition and international event that featured several athletes from Ghana, Kenya, host Nigeria among others had so many dignitaries from all works of life.
Meanwhile, in the women's double finals, Kenya pair of Asiya Sururu and Jane Ndega edged past Nigeeria duo of Kemi Oluwaseyi and Kafayiat Omisore in a 7-5, 6-3 keenly contested match.
In the men's double finals, Kazeem Akanji and Willams Ukari fall short to more determine Ajani Idowu and Adewale Wasiu in a 6-0, 6-3 encounter.
In summary, NTF leadership and board has been in top of affairs with a busy Calender since the sporting inauguration by honorable Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare.
Sunny Canto the Sports enthusiast.