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Nigeria men’s team boosted its chances of gaining promotion into the Championship Division when they raced to the top of Group F of the ongoing ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nigeria is in the same group with India, Turkey, Switzerland, Slovakia and Vietnam in the second division of the world team event.
Segun Toriola and his teammatn with a 3-0 win over Turkey on Day One of the tournament at the weekend and followed it up with two other victories over Switzerland and India on Monday.
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Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun won their matches against Switzerland in the early morning session to gain confidence ahead of the epic clash with the higher-ranked Indian team.
India’s Sharath Achanta had boasted that they would avenge the loss they suffered in the hands of the Nigerian team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. But to his dismay, Toriola, who is the coach-player in the team, powered the Nigerian side to a 3-0 victory over their more illustrious Indian opponents.
Nigeria now has six points from three matches while India and Slovakia have five points.
Turkey and Vietnam are fourth and fifth on the log with four points as Switzerland occupies last spot with three points.
Nigerian players will face Slovakia today and will round off their group campaign with a match against Vietnam on Wednesday.
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