Team Nigeria Fail In Promotion Bid At The 2018 World Team Championships

Team Nigeria’s bid to gain promotion from second division to the championship division at the 2018 ITTF World Team Championships in Sweden hit the rocks after the team lost 3-0 to Slovakia in their quarterfinal clash.

It was a second successive loss for Team Nigeria against the Slovaks after the 3-1 defeat in a Group F match.

The trio of Aruna Quadri, Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo were beaten by Slovakia’s Lubomir Pistej, Samuel Novota and Wang Yang respectively.

Pistej got the better of Quadri 3-1 to put Slovakia 1-0 up before Abiodun was beaten 3-2 by Novota who doubled his team’s advantage.

Yang then wrapped up the tie by beaten the youngest member of the Nigerian team, Omotayo, 3-1.

Speaking via the ITTF website after his team’s victory over Nigeria, Slovakia coach Jaromir Truksa was happy his change of strategy worked. In his words, Truska said: “I am so happy that we were able to beat Nigeria twice in this competition. In our previous meetings, they have always been defeating us but this time around I won against them twice in same competition.”

“This has really helped our confidence and I must also say that I must commend Pistej that despite the injury he copped, he was able to beat Quadri, who is one of the best players in the world.” he concluded.