Offiong Edem is Nigeria's only female representative in the semis of the ITTF Africa Cup, while Aruna Quadri will hope to do the country proud in the men's semis.

Nigeria participated in three sports ( Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Badminton) on Day 4 of its competing at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Nigeria’s sole representative in Taekwondo offered a glimmer of hope, but she succummed to the superior fighting power of her opponent Nur Tatar if Turkey, losing 12-7 in the women’s -67 category.

However, there is still a glimmer of hope for Anyanacho as she still has a chance to fight for Bronze if Tatar makes it to the final of her event.

In Table Tennis, Nigeria’s Edem Offiong, who is the only female left in the event, lost her second round match in the women’s singles to Team USA’s Lily Zhang 1-4 (13-11,2-11,2-11,8-11,6-11).

Finally in Badminton, Team Nigeria’s duo of Juwon Opeyori and Godwin Olofua lost their second Group B match to Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Skaarup Rasmussen, losing 2-0 (21-7, 21-10) at the Musashino Forest Plaza.

Godwin Olofua (ranked 155 by Badminton World Federation) and Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori (ranked 119) had lost their first group game 2-0 (21-2, 21-7) to the Japanese duo of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe on July 24, 2021.

They will square up in their last Group match tomorrow, against the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov.

Deji is one of the leading Athletics journalists in Nigeria as he possesses a deep passion for PR and branding athletes. He has extensively covered a wide range of sporting competitions, both within and outside Nigeria, with a particular focus on showcasing African Sports Stories. In addition to his journalistic prowess, he is well-versed in Sports Management and Marketing.


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