Category Archives: Squash

Nigeria Squash Federation Organizes Referee Course In Lagos

After successfully staging a two-day coaching course in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) is organising another two-day National Referees’ Certification Course in Lagos on March 26 to 27 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The referees’ certification course is part of the federation’s efforts at developing the sport at grassroots level and the exercise will have World Squash Federation (WSF)-certified referee – Lucky Mlilo of Zimbabwe as resource person.

According to the President of NSF, Boye Oyerinde, the training and retraining of coaches and officiating officials is a key factor, and pre-requisite towards the development of squash, especially at the grassroots development.

For Oyerinde, the training of officiating officials would help to acquaint them with the latest on the sport, while stating that training of officials would be a continuous exercise, and he emphasized that more attention is being focused on grassroots development.

“It is very important for our referees to update their knowledge and we have decided to do this with a world class certified official who will be on ground for two days to pass the knowledge to our officiating officials. Just like I stated during the coaching course in Ilorin, our efforts to improve the fortune of the sport will be an all-round as we are helping the players and coaches, the officials will not be left behind because they will also help us as well as partners in progress,” Oyerinde said.

He added that federation intends to work with schools, and also taking into account the available squash facilities in the country to train players that have been categorised into U-13, U-16, U19 and senior in both male and female categories.

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Squash Sensation Olatunji Eyes Top Spot at PSA Tournament In Canada

Nigeria’s highest ranked squash star in the world, Yemisi Olatunji is targeting a top finish at the 2018 Calgary Professional Squash Association (PSA) Women’s Championships holding in Canada come March 8 to 11. The 2017 Zimbabwe Open champion will be accompanied by Sodiq Taiwo, her coach and Nigeria’s number one male star.

The world ranking tournament is a $15,000 prize money event and it is holding in Calgary, Canada with some of the world’s best including England’s Fiona Moverley ranked 24thin the world topping the seeding list.

Olatunji, a bronze medalist at the 2017 Namibia Open said being her first international tournament in 2018, she is targeting to attain the top 100 in the world this year. “I am looking forward to the tournament because I am hoping that by the end of 2018, I want to make it to the top 100 in the world. I know it is a tall order but I am eager to feature in at least six PSA sanctioned tournaments so that I can amass ranking points as well as get more exposure,” she said.

With support from the Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) and backing of foremost squash enthusiast – Dayo Awobokun, Olatunji said the trip would not have been possible without the support of Captain Dayo Awobokun and the NSF, while hoping that sponsors would come to the aid of the players to be able to attend more tournaments.

Yemisi Olatunji

“It is a known fact that Nigeria is blessed with talents in squash but the major hindrance has been sponsorship, the different between us and our foreign counterparts is exposure. Most of our counterparts attend not less than eight tournaments in a year, while few of us attend very few tournaments within the continent. As it is, we have few tournaments in Africa. But countries like United States has a lot of PSA tournaments and series taking place every week. If we can travel to the US and stay for a few months to take part in these tournaments, we can rub shoulders with any player in the world,” the 2016 Lagos Classics Champion added.

For the President of NSF, Boye Oyerinde, attending this kind of tournament would surely help the players to improve their world rating as well as put them in shape for this year’s Lagos Classic. “We are hoping to have more of our players attend this kind of tournament that Olatunji and Taiwo will be attending in Canada next month. Apart from gaining ranking points, they will get more exposure and experience from competing at a big stage like that,” the NSF boss said.

Nigerian Squash Players To host U16 And U19 Tournament

In a bid to save the game of Squash from dying, players of the Squash Racket game across Nigeria and in diaspora are putting together a 3-Day U16 and U19 tournament tagged, the First Ex-Squash Pro U16 and U19 National Squash Tournament.

According to the Tournament Director, Sunday Wilson Egberipou, the tournament which is slated to hold at the Squash Court of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos is deemed as an intervention to save the sport that was once a household among sports in Nigeria.

Squash Players in Nigeria hardly have any Squash tournament to look forward to during the course of the year, and this as greatly affected the fortunes of the sport in Nigeria.

The tournament aimed at discovering and exposing young Squash players in the country will hold between April 27th and 29th 2017.
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