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Toriola targets good outing at ITTF World Championships in China

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 1:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As one of the experienced players in the Nigeria team, France-based  Segun Toriola believes he still has the quality to cause an upset at the  2015 ITTF World Championships holding in Suzhou, China.

Segun Toriola

Segun Toriola

With more than 500 players from 100 countries competing in five events at the one-week tournament, which serves off on April 26 to May 3, Toriola, performance at the last Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland confirmed the quality of the former African champion.

In recent times, not much has been heard about Toriola, who is one Africa’s greatest table tennis players and the Ogun State-born athletes believes he still has a lot to offer despite his age.

The six-time Olympian said he would disappoint his critics at the global tournament holding at the Suzhou International Expo Centre in  China.

“I have started my preparation for the championships because it is not going to be an easy tournament for any player and my target is to play  and surprise many players. Also at the world championships that you are seeded means nothing because every player will be playing under pressure. Most top players know that all players that they play from the groups are good as seeded players seeded,” Toriola said.

Twelve countries from Africa are taking part in the tournament and the former African ping pong is hopeful that teams from the continent can make a lot of impact at the tournament considering the performance of players from the zone in the last two year.

“I believe African players will perform so well in China considering that they have done in the world in recent times,” he added.

As a realist, Toriola admitted that it might not be possible for now for any player to win the tournament, adding that this may happen in future.

His words: “I don’t think any African players can win the world championships for now maybe in future because we still have long way and we need to work hard to achieve that ahead of the Asians and the  Europeans.”  He however lauded the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) for the giant stride they have made in the last few years, while urging the federation to sustain it.  “My federation is really trying their best to give me and other  Nigerian players the best support and I hope this can be sustained so that other younger players can come through the ranks in the sport,” he said.