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  • Updated: May 05, 2020

Nigeria Table Tennis Prince Relives African Games Feat


African Games table tennis champion, Olajide Omotayo, has said that winning the African Games title in Morocco in 2019 remains an unforgettable moment in his life.

Allnews reports that the 'prince of table tennis in Nigeria' shocked his idol Aruna Quadri, to achieve his biggest victory to date.

Speaking to Olympic Channel recently, the qualified Olympics athlete maintains that the glory in Rabat remains an emotional moment for him.

“What happened in Rabat was a result of all the hard work I have been putting in, all the tournaments I have attended,” Omotayo said of the game of his life that boosted his break into the top 100 in the world rankings.

“An ordinary player can’t just win a title like that.

"I won against Ahmed Saleh from Egypt, one of the best players from Africa in the quarters.

"Then I played with the legend himself Segun Toriola, the seven-time Olympian and I won that match.

"I said to myself, ‘Wow, what is happening in Morocco? I think something good is going to happen here’.



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"I will never forget that moment in my life. It was so emotional for me. So many people didn't see this coming. I wasn’t even thinking that if I won the match, I will be the African Games champion.

"It was just about putting the ball on the table, winning as many points as possible. I told myself, ‘I will give it my all. I don't care if I'm going to faint right here in this court’.”

Omotayo has been in total lockdown due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Italy, where he plays for ASD Genova.


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