It was an anticipated victory for tournament’s top seed and Africa number one player, Aruna Quadri , when he was paired against thirty five years old , Portugal based , Nigeria player , Abiodun Olabode in the round of 16 .
But when the game was near climax , it became obvious that Aruna’s dream of wining his first ITTF Challenge has eluded him once more .
Prior to coming for the Nigeria Open in the men’s single event at the 2017 ITTF Seamaster Challenge , Biodun Olabode has only one international appearance – 2017 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open in January .
The thirty-five years old , teammate of Aruna Quadri in Sporting Lisbon in Portugal got a lesser share of the applause and cheers from the spectators but was vindicated by defeating the top seed (11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10,9-11,11-9 ) to qualify for the quarter-finals .
” I feel good and great to defeat one of the top players in the world , before the game I believe in myself and I know that there is nothing impossible “
With a career that has span over 10 years , the unseeded player said defeating Aruna is the most memorable moment in his career .
” Defeating Aruna is the most memorable moment in my career , I never expected to defeat him but maybe because we are teammate in Sporting Lisbon “.
Mudashiru Shittu Reporting