Table Tennis: ‘Jide Omotayo happy to become new African no. 3

Table Tennis: ‘Jide Omotayo happy to become new African no. 3

Nigeria’s table tennis star Olajide Omotayo says he’s delighted to move up in the latest ITTF ranking for the month of October.

The African Games champions moved into the top 81 in the October 2019 ITTF world ranking released on Monday, to join compatriot Aruna Quadri on the list of top 100 best players in the world.


Omotayo was previously ranked 122 but he is latest movement means he know replaced Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh as Africa number three , just behind Quadri who is ranked 19th in the world and Omar Assar of Egypy 34th in the world.


Ahmed Saleh however dropped to 4th place on the continent despite improving his ranking from 104 to 83.


Omotayo said the latest development will motivate him to work harder.


“God works in mysterious ways. My sincere gratitude goes to you all and also to my family for supporting me through hard and tough moments especially @gewotabletennis for believing in me … I could recall making up my mind and telling myself that I am not able to make it this far but @quadriaruna you never stopped for once believing in me and telling me how your own journey started as well (much love for you)… have been a bit down for weeks now but this new development just gingered my spirit and I will make sure my hard works doesn’t reduce or stop here … I’m here to STAY,” Omotayo said.

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