Kwara State University, KWASU’s Blessing Isaac and Adegoke Temiloluwa have won the institution their first gold at the ongoing West African University Games (WAUG), UNIPORT 2018. Isaac saw off UNILAG’s Idowu Ogunyemi 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-3) to clinch the top prize in the female category of squash while Temiloluwa beat Oluwatobi Jimoh – also of UNILAG – 3-2 in the male (squash) final on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Rivers state – Nigeria.

The medals were the first gold for KWASU at the 14th edition of the Games. Thus, Isaac and Temiloluwa are understandably delighted with the triumph.

Blessing beat Idowu Ogunyemi
Blessing beat Idowu Ogunyemi

“I feel so excited because I never except the victory. She (Idowu) is a good player and very dangerous on court. It’s usually a tough tussle from junior category. She tried her possible best in the final, but God has destined that I will be the winner, Isaac explains while speaking exclusively with Top Media Nigeria.

“I feel very happy winning Gold because it’s my first time winning it,” Temiloluwa as well tells Top Media Nigeria in an exclusive chat.

On Jimoh, his opponent, the 300 Level Business Administration student acknowledges his ability: “He is really a good player. We train together and started this sport together, so we know each other very well.”

Squash medalists at WAUG 2018 with officials | Top Media Nigeria
Male squash medalists at WAUG 2018 with officials | Top Media Nigeria

The National Sports Festival (NSF) comes up next month (December) in Abuja. The Federal Government is putting things in place to better past organizations; hence, Temiloluwa expresses his readiness.

“I’m really preparing for it; training hard to win because it would be a tough battle.”

Isaac, 19 and a silver medalist at Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) 2017 has similar comment:

“By the grace of God, I will be part of Team Kwara for the National Sports Festival in Abuja. We have been training so hard for the event and I know we are going there to showcase our talent.”

The future of squash in Nigeria looks bright with the steady rise of the sport, and Isaac, who is a 400 Level Political Science student is convinced determination plus success will lead her to success.

“After school, I want to focus on squash, and I know with determination and hard work I will get to the top.”

Badminton and squash are the only sports KWASU sponsored athletes to the WAUG 2018.


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