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For the first time in Portugal, two Nigerians –
Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun will be making
history as the first Africans to aid the
qualification of Portuguese table tennis
champion – Sporting to the quarterfinal stage of
the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU)
Champions League.
The Lisbon-based team made their debut in the
lucrative league this season and they proved
bookmakers wrong with the eventual
qualification to the quarterfinal round of the
competition ahead of two-time champion –
France’s Pontoise Cergy.
From for matches played in Group A which
include two former champions; Sporting led by
Aruna Quadri won three and lost one to join star-
studded Russia’s Orenburg who are yet to lose a
match in the group.
The group fourth round encounter in Lisbon
between Sporting and Pontoise Cergy has all the
element of world class match with Quadri
producing a repeat of his performance at the
Swedish Open against home-boy – Marcos
Freitas who led the French team.
Having lost 3-1 to Freitas during the first leg in
France, Quadri ensured that Freitas kissed the
canvass in the encounter for Sporting to record a
3-0 win.
Sporting’s Joao Monteiro improved his individual
score to 5-1, as he beat Pontoise’s Can Akkuzu
3-2 in the opening game in Lisbon.
But Monteiro was extended to full distance by
promising French player. Unique African player in
the league, Quadri overcame one of the best
European players Freitas 3:1, while Diogo
Carvalho reversed the score from 1:2 to 3:2
against Niago Stoyanov.
With seven points from four matches;
Sporting’s two remaining matches will be away
to Polish side while their last match will be at
home to the Russian side.

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