21st December, 2010
By Sunday Akintoye
Defending Champions, Temiloluwa Adegoke, was sad when he lost his title to Lanre Pratt in the final of the third edition of the U-14 Grassroots SquashÂ Tournament held last Saturday at the Squash Court, of the Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Pratt defeated Adegoke 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 in a pulsating encounter which was watched by a mammoth crowd. The final was was witnessed by Prince WaleÂ Oladunjoye, Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Raji Fashola.
Adegoke said he will not congratulate his opponent because he did not deserve to win the encounter.
He said it was unfortunate that he lost to an average player, whom he normally beat during trainings. Adegoke said he wouldÂ be happy if both of them meetÂ again inÂ future competition.
â€œIt was a bad day for me because I lost to an average player. Pratt and I are in the same club. I always beat him at trainings, but today (Saturday) I lostÂ focus which gaveÂ him chance to beat me andÂ emerged as the champion,â€ said Adegoke, who called for a rematch against his opponent
Pratt was delighted with the victory. He said that the victory was well deserved.
â€œIt was a tough match for me, but I tried to remain focus throughout the encounter,â€ he said.
Prince Oladunjoye expressed satisfaction with the organisation and standard of the game. He said the Lagos State Government will continue to supportÂ grassroots sports in the state.