Former Commonwealth champion, Segun Toriola, says Nigeria has the capacity to win this month’s International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Senior Cup, as the country’s major rivals are under pressure. The tournament holds in Yaounde, Cameroon, from July 21-23 and serves as qualifiers for the ITTF Men and Women World Cups holding later in the year.
Toriola, who will spearhead Nigeria’s quest for the title in Yaounde, said: “I saw the Egyptian and Congolese teams in China and they are really preparing well. “I was aware that the Congolese team has been in China since last year because they are the host of the All Africa Games and they want to perform well. “Also, I met the Egyptians who are also eager to know who will be reprebest senting Nigeria at the tournament.
But with what I saw I know the Congolese and the Egyptian teams will be under pressure to perform well. “But as for Nigeria, we will not be playing under pressure as everybody is relaxed.” At the ITTF Africa Senior Cup, two players are expected to represent each country in the men and women’s singles with Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin and Han Xing as defending champions.
The winners in the men and women singles events will represent Africa at the ITTF World Cups. Toriola, a six-time Olympian, believes taking part in the competition would afford him the opportunity to know his present form ahead of the All Africa Games.