Team Nigeria To Face Slovakia In Quarters At The World Team Table Tennis Championships

Team Nigeria will face Slovakia in the quarterfinals of the second division of the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, after seeing off Spain 3-1 in their last 16 clash played on Thursday.

The quarter of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri, Bode Abiodun and Omotayo Olajide finished had earlier finished second in Group F behind Slovakia with nine points thereby setting up a date with Spain who finished third in their group.

Portugal-based Aruna defeated Spanish opposition Machado Carlos 3-0 to win the first game before veteran Toriola lost 3-1 to Robles Alvaro to level the tie at 1-1.

Abiodun beat Vilchez Miguel 3-0 to win the third game and put Nigeria 2-1 up before Quadri wrapped up a quarterfinal slot for his team by beating Robles 3-1 in the fourth game.

Nigeria and Slovakia were in the same group in the preliminary rounds with the Slovaks inflicting the team’s only loss (1-3 to Slovakia) in the group stages on them.