The second edition of the Sierra Leone National Teqball Challenge ended at Masiaka, Port Loko District with lots of surprises over the weekend.
The event started on Friday 26th March with a teams’ arrival ceremony, with teams dressed in typical African outfits. Unlike the first edition in Freetown, more Teqers from across the country attended the second.
The action started on Saturday 27th March with mixed doubles and ended on Sunday 28th March with the grand finale of all categories. The Masiaka edition was attended by National Olympic Committee members led by Vice President Abdul Karim Sesay and Secretary General Joseph Nyande. Presidents of other sports federations were also present.
The competition which was hosted at the Masiaka Lorry Park attracted many people from the community.
The Masiaka Teqball Competition sprang a few surprises in the finals, with most of the defending champions not reaching the finals.
In the mixed doubles, Mohamed Kelfa Kamara and Kadiatu G. Kamara of Calabateq defeated the pair of Ibrahim Sorie Koroma and Hawanatu A. Kamara by three sets to two. The scores were 14-15, 12-10 and 12-10.
In the doubles final, Alie Sesay and Christian Lavally of Koya Teq fought extra hard to defend their title by defeating Samuel Conteh and Lahai Pessima of Stadium Teq 11-13, 12-09 and 12-07.
The singles ended with new finalists Ibrahim Sesay of Masaysaybana and Sonnie Kanneh of Nongowa Teq in an explosive match that lasted longer than the usual teqball time, and was won by Sonnie two sets to two with the scores 12-9, 5-12 and 12-9.
At the farewell and medals ceremony, teqers were congratulated for a good show of talents, and were informed that the third edition will be in Kenema in two weeks.