By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
African table tennis players resumed to work at the Rades Multipurpose indoor arena, Tunisia for Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket.
Nigeria’s triokas of Funke Oshonaike, Edem Offiong and Olajide Omotayo confirmed their qualification for Tokyo 2020 Table Tennis event.
Olufunke Oshonaike joined the 7th club of Olympians as the 45 year-old Nigerian officially qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics becoming the first ever African female athlete to do so on seven (7) occasions in Table tennis or in any other sport.
Edem Offiong of Nigeria also qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after a difficult 4-3 (13-11,11-1,9-11,11-95-11,8-11,11-6) victory over home favorite Fadwa Garci.
She becomes the first Nigerian to qualify before Oshonaike’s qualification.
It was dream come true for Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo after clinching an Olympic slot to debut at the forthcoming games in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Aruna Quadri was forced to withdraw from his last qualification match against Hman Adam due to a recurring thigh injury.
Consequently, he finished 3rd in group A and is yet to qualify, but has a chance to qualify for the Olympics through the ranking.
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