Nigeria’s former number two squash player and current chairman of Ex-Squash Pros, Yusuf Durosinlorun has declared that the body will continue to support youth development of the sport in the country.
He vowed that they will further boost squad development in Nigeria by organising programs at the grassroots, in order to resuscitate the game.
Durosinlorun made the vow during the 2nd National Ex-Squash Pro U-13 and U-16 Squash Tournament For Boys and Girls at TeslimBalogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
In the Under-16 Boys category, Clinton Iguodala of Headwaters Squash Club defeated DamilareAlabi from Lagos 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-5) in the final.
Musa Aminat beat her counterpart from Kwara State, RukayatOladunmoye 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-4) in the final of the Under-16 Girls category.
Wisdom Nzei from AkwaIbom beat his younger brother, Daniel Nzei 3-2 (4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 6-11, 11/5 to emerge champions of the Under-13 Boys, just as MisturaDurosinlorun won the Under-13 Girl category by beating Chidinma Orji 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-7) in the final.
No fewer than 97 players from 13 states and one academy participated in this year’s edition of the competition.
Durosinlorun said afterwards: “Part of what we can do to promote squash is what we are doing now by trying to promote it at our level.
“We are adding three to four tournaments in a year and we try as much as possible to make sure that every quarter during the holiday, we organize junior tournaments. We cannot do it alone, we need support from the media to promote the game.”
Adding his voice, a board member of Nigeria Squash Federation, Wilson Egberipou said Ex-Squash Pro will continue to monitor developments of the players.
“Squash is a game that goes along with academic and we are very conscious of that. As we are building them in the game of squash, we are also developing them academically.
“So, we are concerned about their academic and that is why we strategically fix this tournament at this holiday period.
“We will monitor them and we look forward to scholarship opportunities for these players. Not necessarily in Nigeria but where they can get the facilities to play the game, while they are also schooling.
“So that is our ultimate because we know that we cannot develop them in Nigeria alone, we might not have the top class or world class facilities.
“We look out to see how we can partner with international bodies and coaches that will help to groom these players from the level we brought them so far,” Egberipou concluded.