Quadri, Abiodun Inspire Club To Win Fourth Portuguese Cup 


 Despite the absence of their captain, Joao Monteiro, Nigerian table tennis stars, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun were at their best to ensure Sporting win their fourth title in a row after retaining the Portuguese Super Cup at the expense of ADC Ponta do Pargo.

Having lost their opener in the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Champions League away to Borussia Dusseldorf, Sporting’s trio of Aruna Quadri, Diogo Carvalho and Bode Abiodun checkmated ADC Ponta do Pargo to retain the Portuguese Super Cup for the fourth time in a row.

Sporting were on the losing side away to Borussia Dusseldorf in the ETTU Champions opener but the Portuguese sidelined up Quadri, Diogo Carvalho and Abiodun against ADC Ponta do Pargo in the encounter held at the Municipal Pavilion of Nespereira, in Cinfães.

It was a re-energised Quadri who started the onslaught for Sporting with a 3-1 (7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9) bashing of Énio Mendes, Carvalho increased the lead for Sporting with a convincing 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-3) win over Sahed Idowu. Abiodun completed the rout for Sporting with a 3-0 (14-12, 11-5, 11-5) victory over Vítor Amorim.

Being the fourth year in a row that Quadri and Abiodun will be lifting the trophy with Sporting and the Lisbon-based team continues to erase their own record having won the title for 13th time more than any team in Portugal.

For Quadri, the win serves as a good preparation for this week’s ETTU Champions League tie at home to Czech Republic’s TTC Ostrava.

“We are indeed looking forward to the Champions League match on October 11 at home and we hope that this win will give us the needed motivation to do well against the visiting Czech side.

“Despite losing the first match away to the defending champion, we are still hopeful that we can make it from the group but I must also admit that we missed the presence of our captain, Joao Monteiro who is yet to recover from the injury he had before the start of the European Championships in Alicante, Spain. I am confident that we can do well against the visitors when we clash this week in Lisbon,” Quadri said.

Sitting at the bottom of Group A of the Champions League, which has defending champion – Germany’s Borussia Dusseldorf and former champion, France’s AS Pontoise Cergy, Sporting hopes to rediscover their form which saw them making it to the semifinal in their maiden outing in the lucrative league.

Nigeria And Egypt Confirmed For ITTF World Tour

Nigeria And Egypt Confirmed For ITTF World TourThe International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), confirms participation of Nigeria and Egypt in the first major ITTF World Tour for 2017.

The Hungarian Open will serve off between January 19 and 22 in Budapest.

The largest number of participating players for any country in the tournament is from Nigeria,as the highest ranked player in the continent; Aruna Quadri leads four other Nigerian players to the championship.

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African Champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, will be competing alongside his sibling – Khaled in the competition.

Besides Quadri, other Nigerian players in the $70,000 prize money championship are Italy-based duo of Olajide Omotayo and Kazeem Makanjuola and Portugal-based pair of Bode Abiodun, and Ojo Onaolapo.

African Table Tennis Federation Honours Segun Toriola

Segun Toriola, Olympic Games, Table TennisThe African Table Tennis Federation has honoured the continent’s most decorated player Segun Toriola at the ITTF Africa senior championships in Morocco.

The African table tennis body is recognising Toriola for putting table tennis on the world map as the first athlete in any sport in Africa to attend seven Olympic games.

The ITTF President, Khaled El-Salhy believes Toriola has what it takes to break his own record by making it to Tokyo 2020.

Mr El-Salhy also commended the player for being an inspiration to young players in Africa with his 100% commitment to the sport on and off the court.

Meanwhile, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed Nigeria’s men’s team have qualified for the 2018 world team championships holding in Sweden.

Egypt and Nigeria qualified based on their performance at the 2016 World Team Championships held in Malaysia in which they finished among the top 36 countries in the world.

Togo also secured its place after finishing second in the fourth division at the World Team Championship in Malaysia.

Others are Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Tunisia, South Africa and Senegal.

Table Tennis: Egypt Reclaims Men’s Team Dominance

Table Tennis, ITTFEgypt has reclaimed the men’s table tennis team title it lost to Nigeria at the 2015 African Games after beating the West African giant 3-2 in the final of the 2016 ITTF Africa Senior Championship holding in Morocco.

The victory recorded by the Egyptian women team against Tunisia was not as sweet as the win the men’s team had over Aruna Quadri-inspired Nigerian side.

The encounter had the quality expected of it and the players gave the fans something to cheer throughout the match with Aruna Quadri showing his worth against the Omar Assar-led Egyptian side.

The trio of Segun Toriola, Bode Abiodun and Rio Olympic Games quarterfinalist, Aruna Quadri matched their Egyptian counterparts strength-for-strength and it was the same Mohamed El-Beiali that lost the final game at the 2015 African Games to give Nigeria a 3-2 win in Congo Brazzaville that saved the day for the North Africans as he won came from 2-0 down to beat veteran Segun Toriola 3-2 to give throw the Egyptian fans into ecstasy in the 3-2 win.

An excited Ahmed Saleh said: “We knew from the start of the match that Segun Toriola is a dangerous player and we planned that we could take the lead 2-1 and hoping that Omar Assar will defeat Aruna Quadri in the fourth game.

“Unfortunately Omar Assar lost and we were confident that Mohamed El-Beiali will deliver and I am so happy that he did it for us.

“This victory is sweet because that was our main mission in Morocco to reclaim our men’s team title which we lost to Nigeria at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville.

“I am so happy that I am part of this team and I will cherish this victory for a long time.”

Table Tennis: Aruna Quadri Tops Commonwealth Ranking List

Aruna Quadri, CommonwealthAsides being the best player in Africa, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has become the first African player to top the ranking list of players in the Commonwealth.

According to the ranking list released by the Technical Committee of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF), Quadri who has been playing second fiddle to players from Singapore became the highest rated player among players from the Commonwealth nations.

Among the 277 players listed in the ranking, Quadri garnered 2385 points to beat Singapore’s Gao Ning, which has 2384 to second place. England’s Pitchford Liam has 2277 points to occupy third spot on the ranking list.

Africa’s most decorated player, Segun Toriola is ranked 12th with 2014 points behind players from India, Canada and England. Also Bode Abiodun is ranked 22nd with 1822points.

Prior to the May ranking, Quadri has been playing second fiddle to Gao Ning and as it is Quadri remains the best player among the players from Commonwealth nations.

Quadri also showed his quality in the French league when he aided his team, Jura Morez to remain in the elite division of the prestigious French Table Tennis League.

In the women ranking, no Nigerian made the top 20 list as Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike were ranked 23rd and 26th respectively.

ITTF Ranking: Quadri Attains 29th In World, 1st In Africa

Aruna Quadri - ITTFNigeria’s Aruna Quadri has moved to 29th place in the latest ITTF ranking and also retains his top place as the highest ranked player in Africa.

Despite being inactive in the ITTF World Tour last month, Quadri with 2,393 points moved by one step to occupy his current position.

His continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar, dropped from 36 to 37 in the world.

Fortune also smile on former African Champion and the first African athlete to be competing in seven Olympic Games, Segun Toriola, who improved his world rating from 117 to 109, while Portugal-based Bode Abiodun also gained more points to improve from 185 to 179.

In the women’s ranking, Egypt’s Dina Meshref remains the best rated player from the continent despite dropping from 98 to 97.

The highest ranked Nigerian female player in the ranking is Edem Offiong, who improved her ranking from 242 to 230 while Olufunke Oshonaike, who was ranked 235 in March, has been taken off the world ranking for her inactivity in the last six months.Olufunke Oshonaike

In the Olympic Team ranking, Nigeria remain dominance in the men division despite dropping from 25 to 26 and the West Africa giant are still ahead of Egypt who are ranked 32.

But the North African are far ahead of Nigeria in the women team rating after occupying 31 while Nigeria is placing 40.

To decide the team that would represent the continent in the team event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nigeria and Egypt would have to wait for the May ranking to know their fate.

But, as it is, Nigeria has an edge over Egypt in the men to qualify while Egypt has an upper hand over Nigeria in the women division.

Meanwhile, China’s Ma Long retained his position at the head of the Men’s World Rankings despite finishing second behind compatriot, Zhan Jike at the Kuwait Open.

It is the 14th consecutive ranking that has seen the 27 year-old head the list, since regaining the coveted position in March 2015 at the expense of colleague, Xu Xin.

Overall, it was the 44th time that Ma Long has appeared in top spot, a position he first secured in January 2010.

In the women’s world ratings, Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling once again retained their top three places.

India Stops Nigeria, Egypt From Reaching Table Tennis Elite Division

Table TennisAfrica’s impressive table tennis teams – Nigeria and Egypt have been beaten by India at the ongoing ITTF World Team Tournament in Malaysia and will miss out from gaining promotion to the Championship Division.

Nigeria and Egypt were unbeaten in the group stages winning all their five matches to top Group F and H respectively to make it the quarterfinal stage, but the two teams were beaten by India in the quarterfinal and semi-final stages of the competition.

Despite beating India 3-0 in the group round, Nigeria met a strong Indian team in the quarterfinal as Nigeria’s trio of Aruna Quadri, Segun Toriola and Bode Abiodun lost to a formidable Asian side led by their talisman, Sharath Achanta.

Despite losing the first two games against Gosh Soumyajit, Aruna Quadri levelled up to win 3-2 and this gave Nigeria a 1-0 lead but Achanta leveled up with a 3-0 win over Segun Toriola. Bode Abiodun put Nigeria ahead again with a 3-1 win over Harmeet Desai to put the encounter at 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.

The battle for supremacy now turned to Achanta and Aruna Quadri but experience prevailed over youthfulness as Achanta defeated Quadri 3-1 to put the match at 2-2.

Ironically, youthfulness overcame experience when Gosh Soumyajit and Segun Toriola clashed in the fifth match with Gosh Soumyajit winning 3-0 to give India the unexpected victory against Nigeria.

Unlike the battle they faced to beat Nigeria 3-2, India had an easy win over Egypt in the semi-final with Achanta being the architect of the victory.

In the first game, Omar Assar ran over Gosh Soumyajit with a 3-0 victory but Achanta as usual restored parity with a 3-0 win over Mohammed El-Beiali in the second match.

What was expected to be an easy ride for Egypt in the third match became their undoing as Harmeet Desai demystified El-Sayed Lashin 3-1 to puncture the confidence of the Egyptian.

What really made the match out of the reach of Egyptian was the manner in which Achanta easily swept aside Omar Assar with a 3-0 bashing to stop any African team from making it to the elite division of the competition in 2018 in Sweden.

Congo Brazzaville failed to gain promotion to division two and will campaign in same division in 2018 while Togo and Tunisia still maintained their status in division four.

Nigeria, India To Clash Again At ITTF World Championships

ITTF-NigeriaNigeria will play India in the quarter-final of the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Having finished second behind Nigeria in Group F, in the round of 16, India beat Hungary 3-1 to set up another clash with Nigeria scheduled for Friday, March 4.

In the group match, India suffered a 3-0 defeat against Nigeria and the win against Hungary has set up a rematch against the West African team.

Also, Egypt, who are in race with Nigeria to gain promotion to the Championship Division as well as jostle for the continent sole slot in the team event of the Rio Olympics will face Puerto Rico in the quarter-final match

In the women’s event, Egypt the only African team in division two will battle with Croatia in a last eight encounter.

In the championship division, defending champion, China will take on Sweden, Japan battle Hong Kong, England slug it out with France, while former European Champion – Portugal will square up against South Korea.

Over 90 countries are competing in the one-week tournament. The event will end on Sunday, March 6 with the men and women’s finals.


Nigeria Keep Winning Form At ITTF World Championship

ITTF-NigeriaNigeria male team has maintained a 100 per cent record at the ITTF World Team Championship in Malaysia.

The trio of Aruna Quardri, Segun Toriola and Bode Abiodun on Monday defeated India’s Ghosh Sounyajit, Achanta Kamal and Anthony Amalraj 3-0 to lead Group F.

Earlier, Nigeria beat Switzerland 3-0 to record their second victory in division two of the tournament.

The men’s team had on Sunday defected the Turkish trio of Gencay Menge, Ibrahim Gunduz and Batuhan Ulucak in their opening game.

Nigeria will face Slovak Republic in their fourth group game on Tuesday.

Quadri Moves 11 Place Up In Latest Table Tennis Ranking

ITTF-QuadriNigeria’s Table Tennis Star, Aruna Quadri, has climbed up on the world rankings, moving 11 places from 48 to now occupy the 37th position.

The upward swing for Quadri is coming on his performance showing in the Hungary and Germany where he amassed 85 points.

His compatriot, Bode Abiodun, also emerged as one of the most active players in the last latest ranking as he moved up from 236 to 213 in the world.

Egypt’s Omar Assar maintained his status as the best-ranked African player in the world, despite dropping from 29 to 31.

Quadri Makes Last Eight at Hungarian Open

QuadriNigeria’s Aruna Quadri has started his 2016 campaign on a good note after making the top eight in the men’s singles of the ITTF World Tour tagged the Hungarian Open.

The Nigerian, who was seeded number six for the tournament which had 32 players, started competing from the main draw. He defeated Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, Czech Republic’s Tomas Konecny as well as home boy, Daniel Kosiba to set up a quarterfinal clash against France’s Simon Gauzy.

A composed and determined Quadri was in fine form against most of his opponents beating Monteiro 4-0, Konecny 4-1 and Kosiba 4-1. He put up a good fight against the Frenchman as several unforced errors caused him a 4-2 loss to the European.

However, he combined well with his compatriot, Bode Abiodun in the men’s doubles as they fought hard from the qualifying round to make it to the main draw where they dismissed number five seed in the men’s doubles, Brazil’s Casuo Mazumoto and Thiago Monteiro 3-0 to berth in the quarterfinal.

Their run also ended in the quarter-finals as they lost to Chinese Taipei’s duo of Chuang Chih-Yuan / Huang Sheng-Sheng.

A satisfied Quadri attributed his fine form to the level of competitiveness at the French league and hoped for good results at the German Open which serves off on Wednesday January 27 in Berlin.