Different reactions have continued to follow the gold medal match between Team Lagos’ Adewale Amao and Abdulrahaman Yusuff at the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF), Abuja 2018.

There have been complaints of favouritism by some section of the Nigerian squash fraternity in a match Yusuff strolled to victory 3-0 at the Squash Court, Package B, National Stadium.

While reacting to the criticism levelled against the umpire, Bola Mogaji, who happens to be the president of the Squash Referees’ Association (Nigeria), victor Yusuff put it to the public to be the judge.

Yusuff uploaded a 40 minutes video of his match versus Amao on his known Facebook account and asked people to “evaluate”. While not contesting the veteran referee might be inconsistent in his calls, the 25 year old vehemently denies he was being favoured.

People differ in thoughts about officiating at the final.

US-based star, Babatunde Ajagbe is far from impressed with the officiating after watching the video, commenting that “the calls were horrendous”. Although, another user posited the refereeing was “balanced”.

Your darling sportstainment channel, Top Media Nigeria had forwarded the video to neutrals to help assess the quality of officiating in the gold medal match, however, as at the time of publishing this story, they are yet to revert.

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Amao-Lanre rivalry did not begin at Abuja 2018, as Yusuff told this online media platform exclusively earlier this month: “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.”

At Eko 2012, Yusuff lost to eventual champion, Amao in the quater-final stage of the singles event.

His feat at Abuja 2018 was his first in three attempts. His bow at the Festival was 9 years ago at Kada Games. At the Kada Games, he was a semifinalist in the team event.

Abdulrahaman (second from left) and Adewale Amao (first from right) during the medals presentation
Abdulrahaman (second from left) and Adewale Amao (first from right) during the medals presentation

This time around, representing Team Lagos, he went home with gold medals in both the singles and team events.

Watch the gold medal match below:

Report By: Ridwan Adeola Yusuf


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