Taofeeq Maya, 59, Shakes National Sports Festival

A 59-year-old table tennis veteran, Taofeeq Maya is now talk of the town at the 19th National Sports Festival, after helping Oyo State pull off a huge win in the doubles events of the ping pong sport.

Maya was the cynosure of all eyes, as he combined with Funmilola Ajala to send Akwa Ibom State’s mixed doubles partners Segun Toriola and Funke Oshonaike packing with a result of 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8.

Team Oyo that took the first set 12-10, but Toriola and Oshonaike, who have a combined 13 Olympic Games’ appearances between them, leveled at 1-1 by winning the second set 7-11.

However, Team Oyo took the third 11-9 and while Toriola and Oshoniake took the fourth set 7-11.

In the decisive set, Team Oyo won 11-8 to create a major upset so early in the table tennis event at Abuja 2018.

After making history in Abuja, Maya said he never haboured any fear for Toriola and Oshonaike despite their international exploits in the sport.

Maya beamed with delight, saying: “I am the oldest player here, they are the ones to fear me not the other way round.”

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