German table tennis club, TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda has revealed the reason behind its capture of Africa’s top-ranked player Aruna Quadri.
The Bundesliga club revealed that Quadri’s global exploits particularly his performance against German legend Timo Boll at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games put him on their radar and made Quadri a suitable candidate to fill the void left by the departure of Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar.
“When looking for a suitable candidate to compensate for the departure of service provider Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, the TTC has now found what it is looking for: Quadri Aruna (born August 9, 1988 in Oyo, Nigeria) will strengthen the TTC from next season!” the club wrote on its website on Wednesday.
“ The 31-year-old Nigerian has repeatedly caused a sensation in the table tennis world in recent years that at the 2016 Olympic Games, he threw the world rankings seventh Chuang Chih-Yuan and Timo Boll out of the competition.
“Last year he beat top Japanese player Jun Mizutani at the Bulgarian Open. Aruna Quadri, who is currently playing for the Portuguese first division club Sporting Lisbon, also knows the Bundesliga players well.”
The club who revealed that Quadri signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year, also revealed that world number 18 Quadri’s knowledge of the Bundesliga having competed against players from the league in the past was a tipping factor in their decision to acquire the Nigerian.
“He recently won against top Bundesliga players Kirill Gerassimenko (Bremen), Ricardo Walther (Düsseldorf) and Darko Jorgic (Saarbrücken) and scored in 2018 twice in the Champions League match against Borussia Düsseldorf. In future, the TTC will be ideally equipped to survive in the Bundesliga.
“Aruna Quadri receives a one-year contract with an option for the TTC to add another year. Incidentally, Aruna’s most important sporting goal is this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
Quadri will team up with German international, Ruwen Filus, who is one of the best defenders in the world, with the German having extended his contract by two years with the Central Germany-based club.