Quadri, Abiodun win Portuguese League title with Sporting

Nigeria’s Table Tennis superstars, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun have won the Portuguese league title with their club Sporting.

The team became champions after defeating CD São Roque 3-0 in the second leg of the play-off final held at the Estadio Multiusos Pavilion José Alvalade in Lisbon.

Since joining Sporting from GD Toledos in 2015, Quadri has remained unbeaten in the league winning all the three titles at stake per season for the Lisbon-based club.

In addition to the nine titles he won in four seasons at his former club – GD Toledos, Quadri now has a total of 18 titles since moving to Portugal in 2010.

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Before the second leg victory, the Sporting team known as the “leonina” team had already won the first leg 3-1 in a match that took place in Funchal.

In the first game, the pair formed by Aruna Quadri and Diogo Carvalho had no problems beating the duo of Nuno Henriques and Zhao Tianming 3-0.

Sporting’s João Monteiro returned to play against Zhao Tianming and after losing in the first leg in Madeira, Monteiro nearly faced same difficulties but the Portuguese international needed five sets to win the Chinese star. Quadri dismantled Tiago Li 3-0 to complete the 3-0 rout by Sporting.

This year’s title is the 35th title to be won by Sporting in the Portuguese Division One of Men’s National League.

The trophy was presented by the president of the Portuguese Table Tennis Federation, Pedro Miguel Moura, and by the chairman of the General Assembly Board, Inês Louro.

Apart from the league title, Sporting remains the only in Portugal to have featured in the ETTU Champions League and also set a new record of making it to the semifinal stage of the lucrative tournament.

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