The 1st NAIRDA National Junior Open Squash Tournament 2018 which ended last week Friday produced familiar winners.
The tourney organized by Ikoyi Club 1938 (Squash section) for national under-16 open boys and girls had Headwaters Squash Academy’s Clinton Iguodala and Kwara state’s Aminat Musa as winners in the boys and girls categories respectively.
Iguodala Jr. helped Lagos to gold at the team event (boys) of the 2018 National Youth Games (NYG), while A. Musa was pivotal as Kwara won gold in both the girls singles category and girls team event last month in Ilorin.
Technical Director and Head Coach of Headwaters Squash Academy, Seun Peters, discloses exclusively to Top Media Nigeria that the technical crew of the Lagos-based sport institute are considering switching the 14 year old to another level.
“His (Clinton Iguodala) performance is as a result of grace, dedication and hardwork,” Peters states.
“He has won practically all the U-16 tournaments this year without any tough challenge. The NAIRDA tournament was another easy-ride for him as he trashed all his opponent 3-0 from the 1st round to the finals. Champion, Iguodala Jr. has proven too tough for his opponents throughout this year.
“The technical crew of the academy is considering moving him to the under-19 category early next year so as to improve his game.
“Clinton (Iguodala) has been a cool-headed and focused adolescent,” the trainer notes of his protégé.
Ridwan Adeola Yusuf of your darling sportstainment platform, Top Media Nigeria was in Ilorin, the Kwara capital to see the state’s youth train, and one of their main coaches, Biliki Magaji tips NYG and NAIRDA winner, A. Musa, 15 for greatness:
“Aminat Musa is a player with enormous potentials. We just need to encourage her more. If she is encouraged, she will be near-unplayable in the future – just like Yemisi Olatunji.”
The instructor who has approximately 37 years of experience in the noble game submits:
“If she keep working hard and remain dedicated to training, she will be number one in the country.”
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