Nigeria finally secured its first medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, five days into the competition as  Segun Toriola, Bode Abiodun Olajide Omotayo, Jamiu Azeez and Aruna Quadri claimed a Silver medal in the men’s Table Tennis team event.

The team battled with India for GOLD but the Asians proved too powerful as they toed the line of their female counterparts who also struck GOLD in the women’s team event, beating Nigeria 3-0 to take the win on Monday.

Bode Abiodun took to the table first for Nigeria but was beaten 3-1 by  Sharath Kamal Achanta (11-4, 5-11, 4-11, 9-11), while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Toriola 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4.

The Nigerian team no doubt missed the services of top player Aruna Quadri who has been battling sickness and hopes to be fit for the men’s Singles event.

The West Africans put up a spirited display to stun England in the semis, taking the victory with a 3-2 score to qualify for the final. They will now prepare for the singles event which serve off on Tuesday.

Faith Obazuaye and Temitope Ogunsanya will also compete in the Para-Table Tennis event tomorrow.


Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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