• As Quadri gets ITTF’s nod to replace injured Ting at World Cup
Top seeds, Bose Odusanya and Tolu Durosimmi-Eti yesterday booked qualifications into the quarterfinal stage of the 51st Asoju Oba Cup holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State.
In yesterday’s pairings, the defending champion, Odusanya defeated Bose Akinsete 4-3, while former champion, Tolu Durosimmi-Eti overpowered Aliat Adedeji 4-1, as Kosoko Wuraola succumbed to the firepower of Anu Ajuwon 4-0 and number three seed, Taiwo Williams received a 4-2 upset from unseeded, Bose Oyeniyi, who also booked a place in the next stage of the championship.
In today’s quarterfinal pairings, Odusanya has been scheduled to clash with Durosimmi-Eti for a place in the semis, while Kehinde Oyeniyi will square up with Anu Ajuwon.
While the events in the doubles will kick-start today on day three of the championships.
Meanwhile, following an ankle injury to Hong Kong China’s Wong Chun Ting, Africa’s top seed, Quadri Aruna, has been given the nod to take his place at the Chengdu Airlines International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Men’s World Cup holding between November 29th and December 1.
Quadri’s appearance in Chengdu will afford the 31-year-old Nigerian the opportunity to compete in the group stage of the competition.
It will be recalled that the World Cup in Chengdu will be Quadri’s fifth appearance. The 2014 edition in Düsseldorf saw Quadri recording a landmark in the table tennis when he got to the quarter-final stage of the competition, which is the highest by any African.