Nigerian table tennis superstar Aruna Quadri and his compatriot Bode Abiodun won the Portuguese Cup title at the weekend after their team – Sporting beat GDCS Juncal 3-0 to retain the title.
In the report gathered on the Portuguese Table Tennis Federation website, Sporting has won the last four editions to increase their tally to 26 in the Portuguese Cup titles.
Apart from the Nigerian duo, Sporting also boast of Portuguese internationals – Joao Monteiro and Diogo Carvalho, who also proved why they remained the best team in Portugal.
The 2018 ETTU Champions League semifinalists displayed their fine form against GDCS Juncal with Nigeria Open winner – Aruna Quadri championing the onslaught against their opponent.
In the first game against Russian Andrei Bukin, Aruna Quadri wasted no time to dismiss the Russian with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-6) bashing.
But it was not same story for Diogo Carvalho who had to dig deep to defeat Romanian Mihai Sargu 3-2 (11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 11-13, 11-7).
The partnership of Bode Abiodun and Diogo Carvalho completed the rout for Sporting when they overcame the duo of David Bessa and Andrei Bukin 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-9) to lift the trophy.
To berth in the men’s final, Aruna’s Sporting had defeated ADC Ponta do Pargo in the semi-finals (3-1), the CD São Roque in the quarterfinals (3-0) and CTM Lagos in the round of 16 (3-0).