Nigeria’s Segun Toriola has just booked his place in the Table Tennis world cup to hold later in the year. He achieved this feat in grand style after beating his greatest rival on the continent; Egypt’s Dina Meshref
We earlier reported the qualification and progress of Nigeria’s duo at the African Tennis Championship which served as the entry qualification for Africa at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Cup.
To become the new champion of Africa, Aruna Quadri avenged the defeats he suffered in the hands of Egypt’s Omar Assar in 2015 when he walloped the Egyptian 4-1 to lift the trophy while Dina Meshref who has been training in Singapore in the last three months defeated Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing by same margin to be victorious in the women event.
Just like it happened in 2014 in Lagos when Quadri and Meshref claimed the titles, it occurred again in Sudan as both became the new champions of Africa.
With this win, Quadri will return to Germany where he had his resurgence in 2014 when the 2016 edition of the ITTF World Cup hold.
For the women event, Meshref will want to amend her first round exit at the 2015 edition of the World Cup when this year’s event hold in a yet to be decided venue.
For the third time, Nigeria’s Quadri will be representing Africa at the ITTF World Cup after the 2014 ITTF Star Player defeated his arch-rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar 4-1 to win the 2016 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Sudan.
Quadri who has been playing second fiddle to the Egyptian in their four last meetings was in fine form in the final of the men’s singles with a 11-8,8-11,7-11,6-11,9-11 victory over the North African. This win will make it the third time Quadri will be participating in the ITTF World Cup. His maiden outing was in 2009 in Russia while in 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany he stunned the world with his performance which shot him to the top 30 in the world.
The win over Assar will surely rub off on the world ranking of Quadri who is at present rated 37 while Assar is 32.