Nigeria’s men’s ping-pong team finished second of their group, despite defeating Bulgaria 3-0, to get a third win at the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championship in Halmstad, Sweden.
They suffered a 3-1 loss to Slovakia on Tuesday after beating Turkey 3-0 and Argentina 3-1 in their opening two games of the Men’s Division 2 Group F, but finished second in Group F with nine points
The trio of Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola recorded wins in their respective games to send Nigeria top of Group F with seven points from three games.
Toriola started off on a bright note for Nigeria, defeating Golovanov Stanislav 3-0 (11-7,11-3,11-8) just as Aruna beat Teodor Alexandrov 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-4).
Omotayo came from a set down to beat Denislav Kodjabashev 3-1 in their final set match. He won his set 4-11, 11-9,11-5,11-8.
The Nigerian team qualified for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, after beating Australia 3-0 on Wednesday.
Abiodun, Quadri and Olajide got victories over the Australians to ensure Nigeria’s quest for promotion to the championship division stayed on course.
They defeated Argentina 3-1 before beating Turkey 3-0, but lost 3-1 to group leaders Slovakia. The top three teams in the group qualified for the knockout stages.
Nigeria are not competing for the world title – rather they are seeking promotion to the championship division.
The competition comprises the championship division, the second division and the third division.
Countries in the championship division compete for the world titles while the second and third division teams compete for promotion to the top divisions.