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Toriola, Offiong for Olympics qualifying tourney

After missing their places at the Rio 2016 Olympic during the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Edem Offiong will another shot at making it to Brazil at the 2016 Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Khartoum, Sudan on February 16 to 18. The tournament holds after the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup.

Toriola who inspired Nigeria to overcome Egypt to claim the men’s team title in Brazzaville failed to make it to the last four when he was defeated by Chinese-born Congo Brazzaville star, Jianan Wang in the quarterfinal while Offiong who played the game of her life against Egypt’s Dina Meshref narrowly lost to the Egyptian at the same stage of the African Games in Brazzaville.

However, the dream of Toriola of making history in Africa as the first athlete from the continent to feature in seven Olympics may be realized in Sudan.

According to the President, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, Egypt is the only country in Africa that will not be competing in the qualifiers having secured the required two places in Brazzaville, with Assar brothers – Omar and Khalid qualifying already.


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