Despite losing in the semifinal of the just concluded ITTF Africa Cup, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has declared that he is fully prepared for the forthcoming African Games (formerly All African Games) which will hold in Morocco later this month.
The top-ranked African table tennis player won gold with Egyptian side ENPPI at the 2019 African Club Championships before winning bronze at the just concluded 2019 ITTF Africa Cup and is scheduled to defend his men’s singles title at the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open which serves off on Wednesday 8 August at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
And with all that preparation under his belt, Quadri who revealed that he’d still play a tournament in Bulgaria just before heading to Morocco said he’s ready for the games where he anticipates Nigeria and Egypt will resume their rivalry in the team’s event for a chance to secure a berth at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I can say I’m fully prepared,” Quadri told busybuddiesng.com about his level of preparedness for the games.
“Of course, we have been playing since day one of August, it has been five days of non-relaxing, no rest. In the next four days, I will be competing again in the Lagos Open and immediately after the Lagos Open, I will be playing in Bulgaria.
“Of course, for the African games, it’s always between Nigeria and Egypt and we are looking forward to qualify ahead of Egypt in [the] team event.”