The maiden Edition of the Bet9ja Delta state National Teqball tour may have come and gone, the memories will linger for a long time to come.
The four day event which held at the famous Stephen Keshi international stadium in Asaba, from May 10th to 13th 2023, had over Ten states participating in the fast growing sport in Nigeria.
At the end of the championship, Kwara state emerged the best of them all after sweeping the medals following their appearance in the finals of all five events. The dominant Kwara state defeated Taraba in the men doubles final 2-0 to clinch the gold, just as they also took out Edo in the mixed doubles final 2-0 and went on to also win the gold in the women’s single final following 2-0 win over Edo.
Kwara state won the gold in the men’s singe as Nigeria number one and world 34 best Teqball player Victor Oyemade defeated a fellow Kwara state player and Nigeria number five Funsho Samsudeen 2-0. While the pair of Gladys Abasi and success Eke of Edo state against all odds defeated Kwara state pair of Rashidat Salau and shade 2-1 to win the women’s doubles to the celebration of the fans at the venue.
Kwara state also won Gold and silver in men’s double while host Delta State could only win the Bronze medal in the women’s single third place, and Edo state representative UYI Amengor Teqball club snatched the bronze medal in the men’s double with a 2-1 win over Ogun state.
Speaking after the presentation of medals, and winning Prizes to the various winners, Bet9ja Ambassador and former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Nosa Ikpeba said Teqball has come to stay and commended the organisers, players, and sponsors for their efforts.
“Teqball has come to stay in Nigeria, I enjoyed myself today, let me thank Delta state sports commission for their support, my brother Marvel Dick who is the Delta state Teqball chairman for this great feat, I must also commend the Nigeria Teqball federation’.
“We hope for a bigger and better edition next time, not to forget the winner’s, players and officials, please be disciplined and keep up the good work, the future is bright for you all,” Ikpeba stated.
On his part, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Teqball federation Mr Edede Ndudi thank the host state Delta for a successful event.
“I want to thank Delta state for a wonderful and colourful ceremony, this is your show, other states should take a cue from Delta. I am impressed with what I have seen here since my arrival, I want to thank everyone that has made this possible, the host, the organisers and our sponsors,” Ndidi posited.
Rounding up the special evening with his votes of thanks, chairman Delta state Teqball, Marvel Dick thank all the various chairmen, States, sponsors who were part of the success story in Asaba, Delta state.
“Let me thank the Delta state sports commission for their wonderful support of this event, I also want to say thank you to all the chairmen, Our partners, and the national Teqball federation’, the technical team and the various states for a wonderful championship, please continue to encourage Delta state to do better next time,” Marvel submitted.
Earlier, branded Jerseys were given out to all the finalists by the Sponsor Betnaija , led by the Delta state Teqball chairman Marvel Dick and assisted by the SSA to Delta state Governor on sports, Mr Lucky Sunday.
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