2018 ITTF Africa: Nigeria progress in singles event

2018 ITTF Africa: Nigeria progress in singles event

Action returned at the 2018 ITTF Africa Championship in Mauritius following the conclusion of the team event which saw Nigeria and Egypt both secure a spot to represent Africa at the World Team Cup in Japan, in the male and female category respectively.

After a day of rest, the players resumed action in the men and women’s mixed doubles and single events as the battle for supremacy continues.

The veteran duo of Segun Toriola and Funke Oshonaike lost the Gold medal match in the mixed double event to familiar foes, Dina Meshref and Saleh Ahmed of Egypt. While in the men’s doubles, Nigerian duo of Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola fell to Assar Khalid and ABDEL-AZIZ Youssef of Egypt 2-4 in the semifinals.

With the commencement of the singles event on Friday afternoon Omotayo Olajide, Bode Abiodun and Segun Toriola all won their round of 64 matches 4-0 except Tobi Falana who lost 2-4 to Egyptian opponent, Ghallab Aly.

In the same vein the ladies: Ajala Funmilola, Oribamise Esther, Effiom Janet also made light work of their respective opponents defeating them 4-0 in round of 64 games played on Friday.

Meanwhile the men’s number 1 seed, Aruna Quadri and the women’s number 2 seed, Funke Oshonaike were exempted from the first round of matches and are expected to resume action in the singles event on Saturday alongside their compatriots.

So far, Nigeria have two medals at the ITTF African Championships in Mauritius – a Silver medal and a Gold medal.

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