Latest ITTF ranking has placed Nigeria’s table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, as Africa’s best in the game.

This is coming after Quadri displaced Egypt’s Omar Assar as Africa’s Best.

In the world ranking released yesterday by the world table tennis ruling body, Quadri is now 21 in the world, thereby displacing his previous ranking as the 25th.

Egypt’s Omar Assar, before now, was Africa’s best, with his previous ranking as 20th now replaced by 26th.

Aruna Quadri set a new personal record for Nigeria and himself as the Nigerian is now ranked 21 in the end-of-the-year ITTF ranking released yesterday by the world table tennis ruling body.

Despite not matching up the record set by Assar as the first African ranked among top 20 in the world, Quadri ends the year as the highest ranked African in the latest rating.

Following his victories over top-ranked players at the Swedish Open, Quadri amassed 50 points to improve from 2457 to 2507points to be rated 21 in the world ranking.

Assar’s inactiveness may have affected his dropping five places.

President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, says the feat is commendable as Quadri continues to put Nigeria and Africa on the world map with his scintillating performance at global stage.

“We are excited about this latest ranking and this goes to show that our efforts are paying off and what we just need to do is to ensure we unearth and nurture more players like Quadri.

“Also the young players should take a cue from Quadri in terms of his diligent, professionalism and dedication to the trade.

“I hope and believe they can follow his footsteps in their career to make it to the top.”

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