Ibile Games: LGAs, schools compete for laurels in tennis, basketball

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LAGOA – Nine-year-old Marylove Edwards of Agege Local Government on Thursday defeated Osarieme Charles, 13, of Eti-Osa Local Government 4-0, 4-0 to reach semi-final of girls tennis event at ongoing “Ibile Games .

Ibile Games its 2nd edition is Sports Festival designed to discover athletes who represent state major national competition.

Thirteen local governments are contesting for honours in girl’s tennis event at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Lagos.

Edwards stunned the spectators as she outsmarted Charles in less 30 minutes in the game of the day.

“I am glad I won my opponent. I confident defeating her with ease because I had won all the time we met in all competitions we played against ourselves.

“It an easy game for me because I go for training almost every day whether or not there is a competition or not,” she said.

Meanwhile, in the first game of the day, Venus Ubiebi, 13, of Ketu/Agboyi Local Government defeated Mariam Balogun, 11, of Eti-Osa Local Government 5-4 (4), 4-1 in a pro-set game.

Also, in the event, the Lagos Mainland Local Government defeated Yaba Local Government 24-22 in the basketball event

Seven local government areas and 25 secondary schools are competing for honours in basketball in this edition of the Games.

Ojokoro LGA, Ijaiye, also defeated Ikoyi/Obalende LGA, 34-32 in a close encounter, while Bariga LGA defeated Ikorodu by 41-8 to top the table log in the LGA category.

The Captain of the Bariga LGA , Adeshogo Mobolaji, told NAN that his would dominate and win the gold medal in the LGA category.

“We train together all the time, we are schoolmates at the University of Lagos, Akoka, so we know each other very well and we are ready for any challenge,’’ Mobolaji said.

In the Secondary School category, Aiyetoro Grammar School, Oyingbo, defeated Shomolu Senior Secondary School, 25-0, in the girls’ category.

The also led the log of other eight school teams registered in the girls’ category for the competition.

Ifunanya Okoye, the captain of Aiyetoro Secondary School, told NAN that the teams were familiar to each other because they were all of the Hope 4 Girls Academy.

“We are glad we won first game, we practise basketball together at Hope 4 Girls Academy, we surely win the gold medal,” she said

The University of Lagos’ International School, Akoka, Lagos, trounced Christian Society (C.M.S) Grammar School Bariga 11-8, while Wesley Colege, Yaba beat Ilupeju Grammar School 11-0. (NAN)