The Technical Director, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Anderson Bankole on Thursday commended the country’s representatives in the table tennis event of the ongoing Rio Paralympics.
Bankole told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Rio that the players had been giving their utmost best at the competition.
“I am impressed by how far they have gone and I commend them for their efforts. We are not yet there, we still have a lot to do.
“The players are gradually striving to get better and I know we will get there with collective effort,’’ he said.
Bankole, who is a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), lauded the males who are debuting at the Games.
“For the first timers, I was thrilled by their style of play and the result. They put in so much effort prior to the Games.
“They trained so hard in order to make a remarkable outing in Rio. They were in camp for months and followed a special eating routine,’’ Bankole said.
Nigeria’s men team on Wednesday caused an upset in the Class 4-5 against highly-rated Poland.
Nigeria’s duo of Ahmed Koleosho and Nick Chinedu, who are debutants at the Games, turned the table against the European giants with a 2-1 win to berth in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Nigeria’s lone female player, Faith Obiora, who played in the female singles made it to the quarter-finals before being ousted.