The Chairman of the Nigeria Police Squash Association, CSP Yakubu Mailafiya has declared that the Force already have in-form players who can bear the nation’s hopes in any competition.
CSP Mailafiya was speaking exclusively to Concise News after the recently-held 3rd Nigeria Police National Squash Ranking Tournament staged at the squash courts, Package B of the National Stadium Abuja.
“The players are supposed to be ranked because squash is all about ranking. All over the world, that is what is obtainable.
“So in this case, I have to do this to get my squash players ranked. So that if there is a need for our players to represent in a competition, we have them already.
“I think they are in form, and they are doing good,” the senior police officer says.
On the efforts taken to ensure that the older players are adequately replaced, CSP Mailafiya who is also the Zonal Head, EFCC Kaduna explains: “Very soon, we will be recruiting more players for squash. Not only squash but the entire games in the Nigerian Police.
“Those are the ones that are going to replace the ageing players that we have.
“However, (for) the ageing ones, we are also planning for them to go to courses so that they can take over coaching and the administration of squash generally in the Nigerian Police.”
On the significance of the two-day tournament, one of the participants, Seun Peters says: “The tourney was meant to keep the police national team in shape; to make us not to lose form while waiting for the national tournament from the federation.
“Also to keep our players busy, and to put them in check.”
Another player, Ebifemi Taiwo, who is ranked No.3 nationally and No.1 in the Nigerian police expressed her gratitude to CSP Mailafiya for putting together the tournament.
“It was a great tournament because if we don’t play that league we wouldn’t know our rank [sic] and most of us will feel relaxed and not serious [sic].
“A very big thank you to our chairman for making it possible. May God reward him.
“Also, for those that came second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, they shouldn’t give up, they should keep trying and continue playing.
“They should also work on their weak areas,” she admonishes.
This year, the home front has been relatively quiet. And many of the players are yearning to compete in national tournaments.
Check out the final standings for the 3rd Nigeria Police National Ranking Tournament below:
1 Victor Daniel. 240pts
2 Jerry Ogujiofor. 210pts
3 Shola Thomas. 160pts
4 Seun Peters. 150pts
5 Sam Akinsola. 110pts
6 Nosa Edosa. 100pts
7 Emma David. 70pts
1 Taiwo Ebifemi. 240pts
2 Dunni Okikiola. 190pts
3 Charity Philibus. 180pts
4 Omolola Ajayi. 170pts
5 Tope Salami. 120pts
6 Rebecca Auta. 120pts
7 Kafayat Adesoye. 70pts