Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri springs into the 2019 season as the best African player on the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) ranking which was released on Wednesday.
The table tennis player, age 30, is ranked 26th, the same position he occupied to end the 2018 season on 9,394 points. His point tow came from eight of his best performances during the 2018 season.
Quadri won the ITTF African Championship in Port Louis, Mauritius to earn his biggest points and followed it up with a runner up spot at the ITTF African Cup in Nairobi, Kenya.
He got to the Round of 16 at the ITTF Men’s World Cup in Paris, France amongst several other glorious outings.
Fascinatingly, the Egyptian he put out of place from the Number 1 spot in Africa, Assar Omar was ranked 47th position with 7,263 points in the current standings way behind Quadri.
Two times last year, Quadri made the Top 20 in the world, having made the same spot in January 2018 – being the first to be achieved by a Nigerian.