Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri again added another crown to his retinue of laurels after leading G. D. Toledos to retain the Portuguese table tennis league for this season.
For his exceptional performance in recent times, Germany-based table tennis kits manufacturing company, Joola has signed a new two-year deal with the current African champion, which will expire in 2016.
Quadri, who has been in superlative form in recent time, inspired Toledos to a resounding victory over Sporting, which has his compatriot, Bode Abiodun.
Narrating what transpired on their way to cuddling the trophy, Quadri said: “We retained the Portuguese league trophy having also retained the Portuguese Cup in February. On our way to final, we defeated CD Sao Roque of Madeira Island 3-0 both home and away before accounting for Sporting Lisbon in a two-leg tough matches. In the first leg, we narrowly escaped defeat away to Sporting.”
Continuing, he said: “The doubles’ pair of Andre Silva and Diogo Silva defeated Sporting’ duo of Abiodun and Joao Seduvem in a tough five sets, which ended 3 -2 in favour of my team.
Efforts to increase the lead by Diogo Silva against Diogo Chen, who is the strongest man of Sporting failed as the Chinese-born player won the encounter at 3-1 to level up the overall result.”
With his wealth of experience coupled with fantastic skills, Quadri won his matches to make his team’s victory certain.
The second leg also went their way, as Quadri became the hero of the match to salvage another 3-2 win for Toledos.
An excited Quadri said: “This season, we won all the three trophies as stake in Portugal and this include Portuguese Super Cup, Portuguese Cup and League Cup. I lost just one match this season and won about 34 individual matches. It means that I won four titles this year including African Top 16 Cup.
“For me this is a good development especially as we are hoping for a good outing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland,” he added.
For the Joola deal, the company would supply kits to Quadri as well support him to attend Pro Tours each year.