Nigeria’s table tennis team has made it to the final of the men’s Table Tennis event after beating England 3-2 in the semi-finals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia on Monday.
The team, comprising of Bode Abiodun, Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola, now sets up a meeting with their Indian counterparts in the final of the event.
Toriola lost the first match 3-2 (14-12,9-11,7-11,13-11,7-11) to Paul Drinkhall, but Abiodun recovered from two sets down to beat Liam Pitchford 3-2 (8-11,9-11-4,13-11,11-5) in the second.
In match 3, the pair of Omotayo and Toriola defeated England’s duo of Samuel Walker and Drinkhall 3-1 (2-11,11-7,12-10,11-7).
Omotayo then lost 3-2 (11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11) to Pitchford in match four, before Abiodun sealed Nigeria’s place in the final by seeing off Walker in the fifth match 3-2 ( 8-11,11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8).
On their way to this stage, the Nigerian team defeated hosts Australia in the last eight and beat Belize and Malaysia in group games.
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