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Sierra Leone Sports: Sawyer stuns Koroma at Tabble Tennis Junior tourney

Bredford Sawyer and Joseph Emmanuel KoromaSaturday25 November 2017, was overwhelming for table tennis when the junior and cadet boys and girls take on each other on table 1, 2 and 3 at their Siaka Stevens Stadium gym in the one-day tournament hosted by the Sierra Leone Table Tennis Association (SLTTA).
The competition saw a host of top-ranked junior and cadet players competing to improve on their monthly rankings whiles showcasing what they could offer as rivals of the same age limit after months of training with their local coaches.
Having gone through the boy’s singles qualification round on to the semi-finals uniquely, Bredford Sawyer set up a grand final with one of his arch rivals, Joseph Emmanuel Koroma. Both players are below the age of 15.
The two finalists were highly motivated with supports from the inspiring spectators who were not care about who wins or lose the tournament, but eager to see competitive table tennis play at junior level.
As predicted by some pundits, Sawyer secured a well-deserved 4-2 win against Koroma who slumbered on several occasions to catch the champion on the edge.
The champion, Sawyer, was steadfast on his decisions while playing on the table to outshone Koroma who defeated him at the Chinese open championship held at the Siaka Stevens Stadium Atlantic Hall a few months ago.
“I’m honoured and delighted to have achieved such success in my career. It was a great moment for me, a day I will never forget in my life,” Sawyer said.
The enthusiastic champion stated: I was so quick to work on my mistakes when we level on set (1-1), and mastermind the game on both my serves and returns to ensure I take up the lead in the last two sets. Despite the pressure on him, he responded well to recover, but I replied aggressively on the fifth set to overcome him”.
Koroma who seems very set to level terms in the fifth set, lost three vital points when the match was tied at 13-12, he carelessly gave his own game away as Sawyer aggressive attack forced him to net one and hit two wide to clinch the win.
“It was frustrating to end a tournament without winning the ultimate title. I came here to win, but it ends the other way because Sawyer was also tough and determines to win against me today. Now that I have lost, I will go back and train hard to properly regain my fitness and balancing,” he affirmed.
Koroma blames his loss on his bat, stating he was having problem with it since the start of the match. But, he confessed that Sawyer truly deserved the victory and promised to return stronger in their next meeting to take the title off him.
Meanwhile, Alieu Sesay thumps Mohamed Kamara by 3 set to 1 (3-1) in the junior boys third place match.
In the cadet boy’s singles, Unisa Sesay defeat Mohamed Nicole 2-1 in the final and in the third place match Alhaji Kamara beats Abdul Turay 2-1.
Bintu Kargbo beats Sallay Tommy 2 straights (2-0) in the cadet girl’s singles and Isha Sesay overcomes Kadiatu Sesay with a 2-0 victory in the third place match.
Champions, runners up and third place winners all received lucrative prize money, medals and trophies.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Tuesday November 28, 2017.

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