Toriola Leads Nigerian Team to ITTF Championship



SEGUN Toriola, six-time Olympian, and 2014 ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri, 2014 ITTF star player, are to spearhead Nigeria’s quest for the title at the 2015 ITTF Africa Senior Cup holding in Yaounde, Cameroun.

The tournament serves as qualifiers for the ITTF Men and Women World Cups holding later in the year. The three-day championship starts on Tuesday, July 21, and it would be followed by the ITTF Africa Club Championship involving teams from the continent.

At the ITTF Africa Senior Cup, two players are expected to represent each country in the men and women singles with Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin and Han Xing as defending champions.

The winners in the men and women singles events will represent Africa at the ITTF World Cups.

On his expectations at the championship, Toriola said Nigeria had what it takes to clinch the title. “I saw the Egyptian and Congolese teams in China and they are really preparing well. I was aware that the Congolese team has been in China since last year because they are the host of the All Africa Games and they want to perform well,” he said.

— Jul 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT


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