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Aruna Absent, Omotayo and Edem Spearhead Nigerian Charge at WTT Contender Lagos

Boom RadioNG | June 19, 2024

Nigerian Table Tennis Stars Set to Impress at Home Tournament

Despite the absence of top player Quadri Aruna, Nigeria is ready to make a strong showing in the singles events at the prestigious 2024 WTT Contender Lagos. The tournament kicks off at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, with a vibrant local contingent aiming to impress on home soil.

Olajide Omotayo

Olajide Omotayo

Omotayo Leads Men’s Singles Charge

Stepping up in Aruna’s absence, Olajide Omotayo, the 2019 African Games champion, leads a pack of seven Nigerian players in the Men’s Singles event. Omotayo’s opening challenge comes against India’s Manav Thakkar.

Exciting Young Talent and Intriguing Match-ups

Table tennis fans can look forward to thrilling encounters with rising Nigerian star Matthew Kuti facing Frenchman Thibault Poret. Meanwhile, seasoned Nigerian players Azeez Solanke, Mustapha Mustapha, and Abdulbasit Abdulfatai will be tested against formidable opponents from China and India. Adding a touch of family rivalry, Amadi Omeh and Muiz Adegoke will battle each other in a first-round brotherly duel.

EDEM Offiong

Edem Takes Center Stage in Women’s Singles

Offiong Edem will spearhead the Nigerian charge in the Women’s Singles, starting her journey against compatriot Fatimo Bello in the first round.

Defending Champion and Rising Star Vie for Title

All eyes will be on reigning champion Shin Yubin as she commences her title defense against India’s Archana Kamath. Another exciting match-up pits 2024 Africa Cup champion Dina Meshref of Egypt against Chinese teenager Xu Huiyao.

Day 2 Promises Exhilarating Action

The second day of the WTT Contender Lagos, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, promises a thrilling spectacle. With a star-studded line-up vying for the $80,000 prize pool and coveted ranking points, fans can expect a weekend of electrifying table tennis action.

Written by Boom RadioNG


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