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Nigeria No 1, Taiwo, eliminated from Abdul-Razaq squash classic

*Jamal Titah is the conqueror of the lion

Nigeria’s ranked number one Squash Racket, Sodiq Taiwo, was beaten in the Round of 16, a major upset was recorded in the first day of the on-going North Central/invitational Squash Championship taking place at the Squash Court of the Kwara State Stadium Complex.

Taiwo was beaten 3-2 by Jamal Titah, who rallied from a game down to win the second, lost the third, but displayed high level of resilience to win the last two to eliminate Taiwo from the competition.

38 players, both male and female, from seven states of the federation are currently taking part in the AGF Abdul-Razaq Classic Championship, which is part of the activities marking the 90th birthday of Alhaji AGF Abdul-Razaq (SAN), OFR.

The states competing for honour in the three-day championship are host Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Ogun, Lagos, Delta and Oyo states.

The first to the 16th players in both categories will win prizes in the competition.

The competition will end on Saturday, with the celebrant, his family, friends, children and well wishers expected to grace the closing ceremony. Also expected are members of the Nigeria Squash Federation family. Kwara has been one of the leading states in the country in the sport where it has produced several players.

The state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Pharmacist Kale Ayo, the Director of Sports, Mallam Tunde Kazeem and others.

Alhaji AGF Abdul-Razaq (SAN) is the first lawyer from Northern Nigeria, former Minister of State Transport in 1965; First Kwara State Commissioner of Finance in 1968, former Chairman Body of Benchers and former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The celebrated legal practitioner was the Founder of the first privately owned secondary school in Kwara state, Ilorin College Ilorin, presently Government High School, in 1968.

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