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Six countries register for squash tourney

Ajagbe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the six countries comprised South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt and Sierra…

Ajagbe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the six countries comprised South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt and Sierra Leone.

 “Nine players have so far registered for the championships with three from South Africa and the rest from the other five countries.

“More players are being expected from Sierra Leone and some other countries,’’ he said.

He said the foreign players would take part in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) category.

Ajagbe, who is also the Vice President of the Squash Federation of Africa (SFA), stated that N10 million would be on offer for the Sept. 18 to Sept. 26 championship, adding that matches would be played in the professional and masters categories.

The professionals are to participate in the men and women’s U-23 and the boys and girls U-18, while the masters is for men and women above 50 years and 35years respectively.

Ajagbe explained that accommodation and transportation would be provided for the participants, and while Nigerians would register with N2,000, the foreigners would pay $20.

He said the men’s and women’s singles champions would earn N1.5 million each, adding that it was increased from the N730,000 paid out in the maiden edition in 2009.

“As a matter of fact, all the prizes in all the categories have been increased to enhance players’  turnout,’’ he remarked.

Ajagbe said matches would be played at the National Stadium, the Teslim Balogun Stadium and Ikoyi Club. (NAN)

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