Nigeria again showed that he has usurp the dominance of Egypt as the duo of Azeez Solanke and Jamiu Ayanwale claimed the junior boys’ doubles title at the expense of Egypt’s Marwan Abdelwahab and Gawad Elherazy at the 2019 2019 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships.
Having eliminated Nigeria’s pair of Abayomi Animashaun and Augustine Emmanuel in the semifinal round of the event, the Egyptians were not given breathing space by Solanke and Ayanwale in the final.
From the start to the end of the encounter, the Nigerians were all over the place dictating the pace of the match and again halting the dominance of Egypt in the doubles.
To claim the fourth gold, Solanke and Ayanwale defeated the Egyptian teenagers 3-0 to emerge as the new boys’ doubles champions.
Another gold medal is also certain for Nigeria in the cadet boys’ singles as it will be a Nigeria affair in the final between Ayanwale and Taiwo Matti.
This is a repeat of the WJC cadet final in which Matti won the title for Nigeria to dominate the WJC ahead of the Europeans.
Over 21 countries took part in the one-week championship with Nigeria and Egypt qualifying for the World Junior Championships (WJC) holding in Thailand later in the year.