Coach Bello op­ti­mistic on Nige­ria’s chances in ITTF Nige­ria Open

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Nasiru Bello, Na­tional Coach of Nige­ria Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (NTTF), says he is hope­ful the coun­try’s play­ers will ex­cel at the on­go­ing “Sea­mas­ter In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) Chal­lenge Nige­ria Open.

Bello, who ex­pressed the hope in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) on the play­ers’ per­for­mances yes­ter­day in La­gos, said they had been im­pres­sive.

Bello added that the chances of the play­ers to ad­vance to the main chart at the end of the pre­lim­i­nar­ies later on Day 2 of the tour­na­ment were bright.

“The qual­i­fy­ing stage ends to­day, and we still have our top play­ers in the queue and go­ing by their con­sis­tency, Nige­ria has brighter chances of mak­ing the main chart.’’

He told NAN that the play­ers com­prised of home and for­eign-based par­tic­i­pat­ing in the U-21 boys’ and girls, se­nior men and women’s sin­gles and dou­bles events.

Mean­while, in some of the matches played in the men’s event, Nige­ria’s Kazeem Makan­juola de­feated Abrefa Derek of Ghana 4-3 and Mon­day Mero­to­hun de­feated Commy Emma of Ghana 4-2.

Also, Oyetayo Sola de­feated Fran­cisco Jose-Pe­dro of Por­tu­gal 4-0 and Solanke Azeez de­feated Di­la­tor Visil­ije of Rus­sia 4-2.

NAN re­ports the 4th edi­tion of the cham­pi­onships recorded 95 male and 55 fe­male play­ers from 22 coun­tries jostling for the 46,000 dol­lars prize money. (NAN)

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