18th August, 2011
Scribe of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Mr. Segun Oguntade, has declared that the federation will be using their participation at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique to redeem Nigeriaâ€™s lost glory in table tennis.
Oguntade said the federation put the players through intensive training to ensure they are at their best in Maputo when they start competing against their counterparts at the Pan Africa tourney.
â€œWe are aware of the importance of the All Africa Games to the rating of table tennis in Africa. Therefore, the best of our players will be used to make sure we return to the top spot in African table tennis.â€
â€œIn view of this, we invited 11 professional players from Europe to fight for places in the team to Maputo, where we expect strong challenges from the North Africa countries especially Egypt.â€
Oguntade, however, refuted rumour making the rounds that Nigeria table tennis is suffering and will soon be relegated to the background by Egypt and South Africa.
â€œTable tennis in the country is not suffering. All we are doing is trying to make use of upcoming players that will take over the scene of play from the established players that have been around for almost a decade
We are determined to confirm our superiority over all other nations in Maputo. We will prove to them that we are still the top playing nation when it comes to table tennis on the continent of Africa,â€ he said.
African number one male table tennis player, Segun Toriola, will be leading the table tennis team to the All Africa Games in Maputo Mozambique.