Nigerian stars, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun claimed the fourth national men’s table tennis title with Sporting over the weekend.
The champions emerged after they beat Sao Roque CD 3-0 in the second leg of the play-off final held at the Multipurpose Room of the Stadium of Alvalade in Lisbon.
Since joining the Lisbon-based team, Aruna Quadri has been making it to the podium in the Portuguese elite league alongside his compatriot – Abiodun and this becomes his fourth consecutive title with the Portuguese champions.
Quadri was in action for the team when they defeated their opponent 3-0 in the second leg played on Friday May 17 after a narrow 3-2 win in the first leg of the play-off final played on Wednesday May 14.
In the first leg, Sporting beat CD São Roque (STAG) 3-2 in the first game of the Play-off Final of the Men’s National Championship of the 1st Division held in Madeira to have an edge going into the second leg.
The first leg lasted for more than three hours, with home team – CD Sao Rome could not get their rhythm in the doubles match involving Nuno Henriques and Tiago Li against Sporting Aruna Quadri and Diogo Carvalho as they were losing 2-0, but they recovered and ended up winning by 3-2 ((5-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8 , 11-4), putting the result in 1-0 for the home team.
The singles match between Zhao Tianming and Aruna Quadri followed, with the Nigerian reaching a 3-1 ((12-10, 6-11, 3-11, 6-11) win.
Tiago Li, a junior player, and João Monteiro returned to play a very disputed game, the longest of the match, which was won by Tiago Li of Sao Roque 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 11 -8, 9-11, 11-3) with the home team having an advantage in the meeting.
Diogo Carvalho tied the game with a 3-0 (6-11, 6-11, 10-12) win over Nuno Henriques and everything was decided in the last match between Zhao Tianming and João Monteiro.
The Portuguese Olympian was not surprised and won 3-1 (9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 3-11), putting Sporting ahead in the Final.