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2018 ITTF Africa: Aruna Shines As Nigeria’s Men’s Team Beat Egypt To Win Gold, Women’s Team Lose

2018 ITTF Africa: Aruna Shines As Nigeria’s Men’s Team Beat Egypt To Win Gold, Women’s Team Lose

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria’s table tennis men’s team won gold in the final of the event at the ITTF Africa Senior Championships in Mauritius, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Quadri Aruna and Segun Toriola recorded wins in their respective games over Egypt to hand Nigeria a 3-1 win in the final of the men’s team event.

Aruna defeated Saleh Ahmed 3-2 (11-9,9-11,11-3,9-11,11-2) in the first game but Egypt drew level after Bode Abiodun had lost in three straight (10-12,9-11,4-11) sets to El Beiali Mohamed.

Toriola handed Nigeria a 2-1 lead defeating Assar Khalid 3-2 (13-11,1-11,8-11,11-8,11-8). Aruna sealed the win for Nigeria defeating Mohamed 3-2 (5-11,11-7,11-13,11-5,11-6).

In the women’s category, Nigeria lost 3-1 to Egypt in the final of the competition.

Dina Meshref gave the Egyptian women’s team a bright start defeating Offiong Edem 3-1 (11-5,4-11,11-3, 11-4) but Funke Oshonaike restored parity for Nigeria edging Abdel Aziz Farah 3-2 (11-6,5-11,11-5,9-11,11-13).

Helmy Yousra shot Egypt back into a 2-1 lead spanking Effiom Janet 3-1 (11-8,4-11,11-4,11-9). Oshonaike had a chance to draw NIgeria level but she lost in three straight sets (13-11,11-8,11-6) to Meshref who had earlier defeated Offiong Edem 3-1.

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