Gold medalist at the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF), Abdulrahaman Yusuff is proud of his achievement. Yusuff convincingly defeated Team Lagos compatriot, Adewale Amao 3-0 in the singles final of squash at the ongoing multi-sports fiesta in Abuja on Wednesday.

It was a special day for the 25 year old at the Squash Court, package B, National Stadium on his birthday. The multiple domestic champion can’t hide his feelings while speaking exclusively to Top Media Nigeria.

“Well, today is a day I will remember forever because with the glory of Almighty Allah, I set a goal for myself and I’m achieving it.

Abdulrahaman Yusuff in action
Abdulrahaman Yusuff in action

“It’s indeed a blessing. Winning a National Sports Festival gold medal on my birthday is really overwhelming.”

‘Wale Amao is naturally gifted’

US-based Adewale Amao, fresh from winning the Prime Atlantic PSA National Close Satelite 2018 in Ikoyi, Lagos last week could not make it a double individual honour in five days.

Adewale Amao receiving his prize at the Prime Atlantic close satellite PSA tournament | Top Media Nigeria
Adewale Amao (left) receiving his prize at the Prime Atlantic close satellite PSA tournament | Top Media Nigeria

Abdulrahaman who stopped him pays tribute to the Atlanta-based athlete:

“Wale and I used to be rivals before he moved to the US. He is never an easy opponent. Before you take him out, you have to give it your all. He is naturally gifted. Playing him today (Wednesday), I just had to give it my best.”

Explaining what spurred him to victory, Abdulrahaman pinpoints the day and his dear ones.

“Firstly, I didn’t want to lose on my birthday. Secondly, I wanted to make people who are dear to me happy, And also, I wanted to make myself happy. I just have to do my best. And to God be the glory, I won.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Yemisi Olatunji continue to dominate the Nigerian squash scene as she stroll past youngster, Rofiat AbdulAzeez 3-0 in the singles final. The world number 195 seem to have become a nemesis for all indigenous players. She is yet to lose a competitive game in five years! Thus, she has claimed all non-PSA trophies in this period.


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