At 41, it’s okay being Africa’s number 2, says Funke Oshonaike

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Africa’s oldest serving female table tennis player, Olufunke Oshonaike has described her No. 2 ranking in Africa after her triumph at the 2016 ITTF African Championships in Morocco as fulfilling.
Oshonaike told newsmen on telephone from her base in Germany that she was happy and felt complete with the ranking.
“This is a ranking I must say is well deserved, I worked so hard for it and I am happy my efforts yielded positive result. This ranking actually means a lot to me and it is very dear to my heart.
“To be candid, I never expected it and I am on top of the world with so much joy and happiness,’’ she said.
The mother of two boys reclaimed the title she last won in 2003 and is currently the African Women’s Singles Table Tennis champion.
The Olympian added that she was Nigeria’s lone female representative at the competition in Morocco and that it dampened her spirit.
“I was so sad that the government did not provide money for other female players to participate. It was frustrating because I was the only female.
“Miraculously, I found myself in the final against the number one player in Africa who had yet to lose any match to an African in the past five years. It was like a mission impossible but I decided to give my best shot at it.
“My coach, Segun Toriola, who was in Morocco to cheer me, told me to just hang on there and enjoy myself. I did and my opponent was making mistakes to my advantage. I’m so happy because it’s like a divine arrangement to crown my efforts. This action has cut out the country for two global competitions coming up in 2017 and 2018,’’ she said.
Though 41, Oshonaike is still waxing stronger in the game and has become a role model to players in the continent.

To those asking for proofs. Like we did during BurataiGate, here are the facts on Buhari’s SGF, Babachir Lawal fraud.
Remember you heard PINE, led by SGF Lawal, could not account for N2.5bn allocated to it for the alleviation of the suffering of IDPs in the Northeast.
Remember you heard Josmon technologies Ltd got the contract from Lawal-led Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE) to clear grass for N248, 939, 231.
Remember you also heard Rholavision Engineering is owned by him.
You even heard Rholavision got N200m kickback from a contract the SGF awarded for the clearing of “invasive plant species” (grass) in Yobe State.
Now you know Josmon Technologies Ltd made cash deposits of N10 million into Lawal’s company’s (Rholavision Engineering Ltd) account 20 times from March 29, making N200m.
Remember the SGF claimed he resigned from his company on August 15, 2015, and as a result was not a party to whatever business it contracted.
Now you see documents from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) showing he was a Director of Rholavision Engineering until September 16, 2016.
Of which you know Lawal awarded the contract to Josmon Technologies Ltd on March 8, while the company made cash deposits until September when he resigned from Rholavision Engineering.
You heard chunk of the contract sum was forwarded to his personal accounts.
Now you see documents showing funds moving from the contractors account to SGF Babachir Lawal’s personal accounts.
And after seeing all these, you still believe that Buhari is fighting CORRUPTION, I think you need to visit Psychiatric hospital.

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