I am pre­pared for World Team Cham­pi­onships in Tokyo – Makan­juola

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Kazeem Makan­juola, the 2013 win­ner of the Na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Clas­sic, yes­ter­day said he was fully pre­pared for the forth­com­ing World Team Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships sched­uled for Tokyo, Ja­pan.

The Cham­pi­onships will hold from April 28 to May 5.

Makan­juola said that he had done the need­ful to en­sure that he had a good out­ing at the com­pe­ti­tion by train­ing rig­or­ously.

“I have been train­ing so hard for this com­pe­ti­tion since I came back from my GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Open in Spain. I was also in Kuwait from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16, and in Doha, Qatar, from Fe­bru­ary 18 to Fe­bru­ary 23 for train­ing tours.

“These are my build up for the Ja­pan Cham­pi­onships and I am not leav­ing out any area in my train­ing,” he said.

Makan­juola, seeded num­ber one in Nigeria, said he was pre­pared both phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally for the Cham­pi­onships.

“There is need for me to have an open mind free of wor­ries and be bal­anced to ex­cel and I am do­ing just that. I want to use the op­por­tu­nity to prove my­self and make Nige­ri­ans be­lieve in me that I have what it takes to make the coun­try proud,” he said.

The first run­ner up at the 2014 Nigeria Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (NTTF) maiden pi­lot league said that he was go­ing into the Cham­pi­onships to play ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions of NTTF Coach, Nosiru Bello. ( NAN)

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