Despite failing to make the men’s singles final, Nigeria dominated the maiden 2019 ITTF West Africa Challenge, which ended in in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire yesterday.
The Nigerian team claimed gold and silver in the women’s single to emerge the overall winner.
Fatimo Bello came from behind to beat compatriot – Tosin Esther Oribamise 4-2 in the final of the women’s single.
Bello set a record at the tournament as the only player that did not drop a game on her way to the final.
Bello said winning the title was not without its challenges, as she had to come from 2-0 down to win 4-2.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Nadia Kemanan settled for bronze in the women while Ghana’s Derek Abrefa finished third in the men’s event.
In the men’s final, it was a battle between home boy – Oba Oba Kizito and Benin Republic’s Monday Olabiyi to determine the champion of the region.
The winners are expected to represent the region at the 2020 Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia.