Nigeria men’s team began their campaigns in Group F of the men event at the ongoing International Table Tennis Federatiom, (ITTF)World Championships with a 3-0 bashing of Turkey on Sunday.
The trio of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Turkish trio of Gencay Menge, Ibrahim Gunduz and Batuhan Ulucak.
The Nigerian side were calm against the youthful European to begin their quest for promotion to the elite division on a good note.
Nigeria will face their biggest foe in the group – India on Monday, which is a repeat of the bronze medal tie of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
It's a match the captain of the Indian side, Sharath Achanta has tagged ‘crucial’.
"It's a crucial game for us against Nigeria because are ahead," Achanta said.
Meanwhile, Nigerian women team risk demotion after the team failed to make it to the tournament in Kuala Lumpur over the inability of the National Sports Commission (NSC) to fund the trip to Malaysia while their men's team had to sponsor themselves to be part of the championship.