Nigerian Squash Players’ Slide in PSA World Rankings Continues

Nigerian’s squash players’ free fall on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) world rankings continued with the country top ranked players missing a spot in the top 200 list released for the month of June.

Nigeria number one, Babatunde Ajagbe, who was ranked 196th in May, slump to 228th in the world.

The 31-year-old Ajagbe has been Nigeria’s poster boy of squash for long and his best world ranking till now has been No. 144 which he attained in December, 2014.

In the month of May, the Ogun State born athlete, played two PSA Challenger Tour in New York, USA losing both tournament in the first round.

At the $11, 000 Men’s New York Squash Hyder Trophy $5,500 Men’s Solomon Markets, he lost to world number 125, Faraz Khan (USA) 11-6, 11-7 and 11-8.

While, in the $5,500 Men’s CityView Open, Racquet Club Long Island City, Ajagbe was beaten by India’s Velavan Senthilkumar, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 4-11 and 11-8.

Elsewhere, US based Adewale Amao, who was at 234th in May slump 143 places behind at No. 377.

Meanwhile, Yemisi Olatunji, the nation numero uno female squash player, also drop five places from 133th to 138th.

Olatunji was inactive in May.

Abdulrahman Yusuf slips to 338th from 315th in May.

Yusuf played the $5,500 Men’s Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Open, University of Cape Town, South Africa from 29 April-3 May and reached the second round.

The 25-year-old saw off South Africa Robert Howarth 11-9, 11-7 and 11-4 in the first round before losing 11-4, 12-10 and 14-12 to World No. 144 Nick Wall (England) in the second round.

Yusuf shares the spot with Iran’s Mohammed Amin Ataei Khaah.

Adegoke Onaopemipo, who was 429th in May, fell six places to now occupy the No. 435 spot with nine other players.

Idowu Enimakure with seventy-two (72) other players across the world slump to 579th from 565th position in May, while Busayo Olatunji, the second women on PSA World ranking share her 255 position with Katie Mailiff (England), Maria Paula Moya Lopez (Ecuador) and Raneem Sharaf (Egypt).