The captain of Will-B Excellence Secondary College, Ikotun’s junior soccer staff, Daniel Hassan has sensationally opted to hunt a profession in desk tennis as a substitute of soccer, and he takes a few of his colleagues together with him.
The fair-skinned Hassan has all the time proven a love for desk tennis, as his profile on social media has a bat and certainly one of his hobbies is the game made widespread in China, which the lad says he believes can propel him to take after the like of Atanda Musa, Yomi Bankole, and Aruna Quadri.
A touch on this path was offered final weekend when Hassan turned up on the sports activities corridor of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos within the firm of three schoolmates, with the intent to start weekly coaching periods underneath technical consultants of the ping-pong sport.
Nonetheless, of the 4 lads that turned up on an epochal day in Might to start coaching underneath the steering of Coach Ope and his assistant, Coach Lawal, solely Hassan and his pal in JS3 at Will-B College, Anthony Chukwuzubelu had been particularly meant for desk tennis, whereas their classmate, Samuel Clifford, and SS2 pal, Desmond Ojieh had been for athletics.
Because it turned out, although, Desmond and his colleague arrived late for observe and area drills underneath the care of Coach Dennis and famend Olympian, Enefiok Udo-Obong, such that they ended up becoming a member of Hassan and Anthony on the desk tennis pool within the sports activities corridor.
Because it had been, Anthony emerged desk tennis champion on the latest mini-sports competition of Will-B Excellence Secondary College, throughout which he beat Clifford within the closing, whereas Hassan ended up in third place, such that it was not any shock when the sports activities grasp organized for them to begin getting correct coaching and publicity underneath the cost of the Lagos State coaches.
They had been so opportune that their arrival on the sports activities corridor coincided with preparations for the 2021 Nationwide Desk Tennis Championship on the identical venue, and the kids shortly signified their curiosity in being a part of the competition that’s scheduled to start this Tuesday.
The story took one other dramatic flip when details about their go to to Surulere was a part of the weekly information bulletin on the meeting floor of their faculty by members of the press and debate membership, such that different ping-pong abilities of the establishment additionally began expressing curiosity in being a part of the brand new zeal.
That has led to a scenario by which different prime performers through the latest sports activities competition are additionally now considering of becoming a member of Hassan et al this Saturday for the following stage of weekly regimented coaching and preparations for the nationwide championship.
The road of hopefuls consists of one other JS3 pupil, Abibat Musiliu, who stole the present on the primary day of the mini-sports competition by successful gold within the feminine junior and senior occasions on the desk, such that tongues began wagging about her turning into a uncommon gem in furtherance of the lady baby making an enormous mark from the college owned by Elder Williams Folorunsho Olaoye.
The thrill can also be on for the highest three gamers from the senor male desk tennis cadre additionally becoming a member of the spree, with the SS3 troika of Blessed Onyedinma, Awal Shuaib, and Abiola Sultan, who’re all a part of the college’s foremost soccer staff, now additionally lining themselves up for a joint-visit to Teslim Balogun Stadium’s sports activities corridor this Saturday.
It’s, due to this fact, sure to be an invasion of Molada Okoya Thomas Corridor by college students of Will-B Excellence Secondary College, whose principal, Mr. Gboyega Tosin Adeuyi, is an avowed fan of Arsenal of England and Brila FM radio, because the lads, who positioned first, second and third in that order through the sports activities competition’s desk tennis occasion, additionally be a part of the bandwagon.
Contemplating that Clifford was among the many prime three on the desk through the competition, he’s already considering of mixing coaching in athletics with spells in ping-pong, alongside all of the others, however Ojieh is sure to focus on working, which he says is a expertise he found solely final 12 months.
His zeal, although, is sure to encourage different members of the soccer squad to think about the next go well with and hit the tracks, because the incoming senior soccer staff captain, David Nnayere, who’s in SS2, truly positioned second within the 100m sprints, whereas the SS3 trio of Victor Adeshola, Favour Philip and Franklyn Ojieh might additionally determine to dump soccer for the tracks.
One of many girls, Chioma Gabriel, who’s presently in JS1, may even have an identical dilemma to face, as she was lately at trials with Asisat Oshoala’s youth days’ membership, FC Robo Queens of Lagos at Bishop Aggey Memorial College, Mushin, alongside Will-B’s feminine video games prefect, Chinecherem Moughalu, however they’re each henceforth concentrating on working.
That’s totally different from others who excelled within the feminine working occasions through the mini-sports competition, as Valuable Okereke (SS3), the SS2 duo of Kofo Oyefuga and Elizabeth Godson in addition to Valuable Promise in SS1, who positioned first, second, third, and fourth through the seniors’ class, and JS1’s Cynthia Nnayere for the juniors, haven’t proven any curiosity in soccer prior to now.
As Saturday approaches, the onus is now on the lads to make the easiest of their newfound lease of life at Teslim Balogun Stadium, the place they’re anticipated to return for the following stage of their quest for the breakthrough, as they carry the fast-growing banner of all-round sports activities aloft at Will-B Excellence Secondary College, in Abogunloko space of Ikotun, Lagos.
Ojieh captured the fervour when he declared: “I didn’t know that I might run till I got here to Will-B. It’s right here that I came upon that I can run and I consider if I get actual coaching often I can actually make a reputation by way of athletics.”