Elsewhere and Round 2 of the Seamus O’Rian Cup gets underway on Wednesday the 24th of May when Cashel King Cormacs & Sean Treacys clash in Clonoulty at 19.30.Then on Friday the 26th its Gortnahoe-Glengoole vs. Ballinahinch in Drombane also at 19.30.On Saturday the 27th Clonoulty is the venue for the clash of Thurles Sarsfield & Golden-Kilfeacle at 6 pm while at the same time in Templetuohy Shannon Rovers take on Carrick Davins.Then at 19.30 that evening it’s the turn of Arravale Rovers vs. Lattin Cullen Gaels in Cappawhite.The remaining games in the Intermediate Hurling Championship on Sunday the 28th – Its early starts for Drom-Inch vs. Roscrea and Cappawhite vs. Kiladangan – Both have 12 pm throw in’s in Moneygall and Kilcommon respectively.At 2 pm St Mary’s Clonmel take on Moyne/Templetuohy in Leahy Park Cashel while at 19.30 at Fethard GAA Park it’s the turn of Kilsheelan-Kilcash vs. Moyle Rovers.Meanwhile times and dates have also been fixed for the U 21 Football A & B Finals It will be a double header at Leahy Park in Cashel with Cahir vs. Clonoulty Rossmore at 2 pm followed by the clash of Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun and Moyle Rovers at half 3 on Saturday the 20th of May The times and dates for the next round of county championship games in both hurling and football have been announced.Tipp FM’s Alison Hyland has more.
Selector Diarmuid O’ Sullivan says Cork had a lot of things to work on, and they’ll have to be better than last year…Throw-in is at 4 o’clock in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Tipp FM’s live coverage is in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Raymie Ryan Lighting, Cashel. The Tipp hurlers will have to be on top of their game when they face Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Quarter final this Sunday.The Lee-siders travel to Semple Stadium to make amends for a bad loss to Tipp last year.2016 was a disappointing season for Cork – they were knocked out at the Quarter Final stage of the Munster Championship, and in the second round of qualifiers for the All-Ireland Championship.
Five-time All Star Brendan Cummins lines out between the sticks for his club Ballybacon Grange this afternoon.They take on Toomevara in the County Junior A Hurling Final.Throw in is at 2 o’clock in Boherlahan. Photo: All Ireland Poc Fada Championships, Facebook And it could be a weekend to remember for Toomevara as their seniors face Roscrea in the Seamus O Riain decider tomorrow afternoon in Moneygall at 2 o’clock.Former Tipperary hurler Tommy Dunne says the junior hurlers of Toomevara are looking forward to coming up against Brendan Cummins…Also down for decision today is the County Junior B hurling Semi FinalIt sees Cappawhite facing Newport in Clonoulty at 3.30pm.
A memorial service for late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has been announced for July 23, 2016 in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.The former Nigeria international and Coach died on June 8 in Benin City, after a brief illnessThe event which is being organised under the auspices of the “Friends of Keshi” will precede the official state funeral on July 29.Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and spokesman of the “Friends of Keshi”, Idah Peterside told Supersport.com that “We are determined to honour Keshi to provide a platform for fans, Nigerians and other Legends who cannot make the trip to the state funeral in Nigeria an opportunity to honour the “Big Boss”. “Keshi won the AFCON 2013 here in South Africa and has a lot of friends and fans here”Peterside also confirmed that some of the leading football figures will be in attendance“We are in touch with Neil Tovey, Kalusha Bwalya, and a host of Legends who will grace and speak at the service.”Peterside also provided details of the venue and time, noting that the memorial service will take place at 10.00am at the Christ Ambassadors Church in Kempton park “The venue is directly opposite the Kempton Park Civic Centre, 1, Cnr C.R. Swart and Pretoria Road in Kempton Park” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
France midfielder Paul Pogba arrived in Manchester yesterday to complete his record-breaking transfer to Manchester United from Juventus, British media reported.Sky Sports News said the 23-year-old had flown to Manchester from Nice in a private jet and would undergo a medical at United’s Aon Training Complex. Manchester Airport posted a picture on Twitter of a plane sitting on the runway, accompanied by the caption: “An important passenger has just touched down at the airport. Can anyone guess who it might be?”Reports suggest United have agreed to pay Juventus a world-record fee of 89 million pounds ($116.4 million, 105 million euros) to sign Pogba, not including agents’ fees.United and Juventus confirmed on Sunday that Pogba, who has been on holiday since Euro 2016, has been granted permission to undergo a medical by the Turin club.He is expected to be officially confirmed as a United player today or Wednesday.Pogba left United in 2012 after making just seven appearances, but returns as one of the world’s most famous players after winning four consecutive Serie A titles in Italy.He will eclipse Gareth Bale as the world’s most expensive player. The Welsh forward cost Real Madrid around 85 million pounds when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.United manager Jose Mourinho hailed Pogba’s arrival following his team’s 2-1 win over Leicester City in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.“I don’t think Real Madrid were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale, with Cristiano (Ronaldo),” Mourinho said.“When other people break records, I don’t think it’s a reason to be sad. I think it’s a reason to be proud with the dimension of a club that can do that and can attract players of this dimension.”Pogba will become United’s fourth close-season signing after Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly, Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Organisers of the annual International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Bronze Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced the prize money outlay for the fifth edition of the race which holds this Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo State.Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan, revealed that a total of $92,000 in prize money will be paid to the top eight finishers in the men and women’s race with the winner in each gender category going home with $15,000 while $10,000 and $7,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers.“The prizes for 4th-8th placed finishers in each gender category are $5000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, and $1,500 respectively,â€ said Esan who also revealed the introduction of performance bonuses to this year’s race.â€œAthletes achieving a world leading time which will automatically translate to a new course record will be eligible for a special bonus of $1,000,â€ further said Esan.â€œThe Okpekpe course records for the men and women race were set by Kenya’s Teshome Mekonnen (28.35) and Ethiopia’s Wude Ayalew (32:41) and we expect to have new records come Saturday going by the quality of elite athletes we have assembled for the race.â€Esan also explained why there is a reduction in the prize money for the top three finishers for the second consecutive edition.Two years ago, the top three finishers were rewarded with $25,000,$15,000 and $10,000 respectively.â€œWe are concerned about the quality of athletes we invite for the race because of its status as the only IAAF bronze-label 10km road race in Nigeria and one of only two IAAF label road races in Africa this year. We have brought in athletes who can run world leading times here in Okpekpe’.â€œWe know athletes who have attained gold level or silver level running status will demand appearance fees and that is why some of the invited athletes will be paid appearance fees. We really want to go for the best legs in the world because Okpekpe 10km road race is an international event certified by the IAAF,â€ he said.Esan also revealed a new prize money outlay for Nigerian runners at the race.â€œThe total prize purse of N1.1m paid out last year has been retained with the first placed finishers in both the men and women race going home with N250,000 while the second to the fifth placed finishers will get N100,000,N80,000,N70,000 and N50,000 respectively,â€ he said and noted that the payment of prize money and bonuses is dependent upon athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is the only road race in Nigeria that is also recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) because its race course has been measured by an accredited measurer using the approved calibrated method.The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Â Francis AchiWhen fate plays a dirty trick on you, it is the quality of response you bring to beat it that makes the hero out of you. That is the story of boko haram survivor, Nura Mohammed, he was a victim of the insurgency. That wonâ€™t stop him. He goes from one street of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, plying his silky skills, football.He grew up as an orphan in the city having lost both parents before he was six years old. Football was the only succour for him. He enjoyed playing the game with some of his childhood friends. Sadly, tragedy struck when some of his friends were killed by the Boko Haram insurgents, some went missing till date, but by fate and providence, Nura escaped and he was not recruited into the Boko Haram terrorist group as some of his mates, who were forcefully recruited into the deadly group.â€œI cannot count how many of my friends that were killed by Boko Haram. Just mentioning the name of the sect could earn someone death. I remember one of my friends who never liked people to mention the name Boko Haram around him. Unfortunately, he was killed. I think Musa was his name,â€ Nura Mohammed toldÂ Totori yo sefÂ in Abuja.Football gave Nura joy, the field was where he could forget the brutal killings of some of his childhood friends by Boko Haram insurgents. His football skills were the weapons in his possession to put smiles on the faces of football loving fans in Maiduguri and the region. Some football fans in Maiduguri sometimes called him Messi, others prefer to call him Ozil, and Nura said that he has no qualms being called such names, but he does not have any specific role model in football.â€œI donâ€™t have any footballer that I will say he is my role model. I am a left footed player that can operate from the outside left or the left sided midfield.â€œAs a left footed player, I normally watch players like Lionel Messi, Mesuit Ozil and James Rodriguez whenever their teams are playing. I concentrate on how they make good use of the ball to help their teams win matches,â€ he added.Nura the El-Kanemi WarriorNot too long came the officials of El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri. The club signed the young Nura into their fold as a player of the El-Kanemi Feeders team. He continued to blossom in the round leather game. It was a delight to see him doing well for the club in the Nationwide League One season. That is the league where all the feeder teams of clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) participated across the federation.The football ingenuity of Nura continued to flourish as he was part of the League Management Company (LMC) La Liga Under-15 tournament held in Lagos last year where his team (North East) crashed out in the semi final of the tournament.He went back to Maiduguri where football is played in the midst of bomb explosions in some parts of the city, all these ugly incidences never deterred Nura from following his dream.â€œI really have passion and interest for football and I never relented even when I know that it could be very dangerous because of the security situation in Borno state. Even when I heard of bomb blasts, I was still playing football competitions in some local government areas in the state,â€ Nura said.Imama â€˜The Magicianâ€™ AmakapaboThere came Imama Amakapabo, who was signed by the management of El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri as their new Technical Adviser for the upcoming new season. Imama, in his attempts to access the talents at the disposal of El-kanemi Warriors organised a training match between the El-Kanemi senior and El-Kanemi Feeders. The game was all the teenage Nura needed to convince Imama and his technical crew that a pure diamond can be found at a place where dynamites and bombs have prevailed.Imama wasted no time in promoting Nura to the main team of El-Kanemi where he started training and learning the rudiments of the tasks ahead of him in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season that will begin on 14thÂ January, 2018.â€œI watched him play for the Feeders team against the main team. He showed the potentials I always wanted in a player and as a young player in his teen age, I was amazed with his talent, vision and his total output on the field. He was excellent. So, I promoted him to the senior team,â€ Imama Amamakapo toldÂ Totori yo sef.Â Pre-season outputÂ The pre-season was intensive for El-Kanemi Warriors. The team found themselves in Kano for the Ahlan pre-season tournament that comprised of 12 teams mainly from the Nigeria top flight league. Nura featured for El-Kanemi Warriors playing the left side of the midfield as they trampled on teams leading to the semi-finals.Unfortunately, the dream of El-Kanemi Warriors winning the tournament crashed at the semi â€“final where they lost to Akwa United of Uyo.Something unusual and very unique was about to be unfolded in the career of the teenage sensation in El-Kanemi Warriors. Having given a good account of himself in all the games played at Ahlan pre-season tournament, Nura had caught the attention of Salisu Yusuf, the chief coach of the Super Eagles and he was invited to the Super Eagles team for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 6 tournament in Kano, where the technical crew of the Super Eagles used the tournament as a preparatory ground for CHAN tournament in Morocco.A Super EagleÂ â€œI saw Nura Mohammed during Ahlan pre-season tournament where he played for El-Kanemi Warriors. He displayed good football in the outside left position and I then invited him to the Super Eagles for the Super 6 tournament,â€ Salisu Yusuf, the chief coach of the Super Eagles said.Despite the arrays of talent and experienced players in the camp of the Super Eagles, Nura asserted himself and he was able to play his part when the national team defeated MFM FC 3-2 to win the tournament. Nura came as a second half substitute in the final game to give two assists. His composure was far way beyond his age, his precision passes were mark of excellence and his dribbling runs were all trade mark of a player that has great potentials for the future.â€œHe did not disappoint at the Super 6 tournament. We were impressed with his performance and the door is open for him to be in the team to CHAN tournament in Morocco, if he continues to do well in training,â€ Yusuf added.LMC policy on Eagles teenagersÂ Being a teenage sensation at 15 years, there are clamours for him to be drafted into any of the age grade national teams of Nigeria, which was not supported by Shehu Dikko, chairman of League Management Company (LMC), as he insisted that once a player is good enough for the Super Eagles, then no need to invite the same player to the age grade teams again.â€œThe player is good for the Super Eagles and so he should remain with the team. Nura Mohammed was one of the players that featured at the LMC La Liga tournament last year and if today, the player finds himself in the Super Eagles, this is very good for our football and for what LMC is doing to develop the game,â€ Dikko said.He added: â€œYoung players in England like Rashford, Raheem Sterling and the rest that found themselves playing for England as teenagers were never drafted to play for the junior teams of England again. So, this should be the case concerning Nura Mohammed and other Nigerian young players that feature for the Super Eaglesâ€.The teenage prodigy made history as the youngest player to wear the jersey of the Super Eagles when he featured for the team in the final game of the Super 6 tournament last Sunday, few days after he clocked 15 years old onÂ December 2nd, 2017.â€œI dreamt of playing for the Super Eagles one day, but I never imagined that it will happen very suddenly. I am in the Super Eagles to learn and I improve my game and I will work very hard not to disappoint the technical crew of the team,â€ he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Okechukwu departed with the Super Eagles contingent from Abuja to WroclawÂ on TuesdayÂ for the game against Poland before they face SerbiaÂ four days laterÂ in London.After his exploits at the CHAN competition, Okechukwu said he had got offers from some foreign clubs and that he doesnâ€™t want to rush into any deal that could hamper his career growth.In a chat with Brila.net, the Akwa United player revealed some of the offers he has been receiving though they were no concrete deals yet. â€œYes, I have been getting some offers from foreign Clubs I wonâ€™t mention names because they are no concrete deals yet,â€ Gabriel stated.He maintained that he remained committed to his Uyo-based Club and would simply take his time with the NPFL side rather than jump into any offer.He was part of the home-based Super Eagles side which lost in the final of the WAFU cup to Ghana in September but kept his place for Januaryâ€™s African Nations Championships despite not doing anything out of the ordinary in Ghana.Okechukwu sat out Nigeriaâ€™s first two games in Morocco and had to wait until the third game against Equatorial Guinea before he was handed his competition debut. He barely touched the ball in his six-minute cameo but his day was beckoning.That day came in Nigeriaâ€™s next game â€“ a quarter final match in Tangier â€“ against Angola. The Eagles missed a number of scoring opportunities and were heading out of the competition when an injury to wonderkidÂ SundayÂ Faleye prompted Salisu Yusuf to call on Okechukwu with about 30 minutes left to play.He made his presence felt in the attack and although he missed a glorious chance to pull Nigeria level on 77 minute, his strike partner, Anthony Okpotu, redeemed himself with a late equaliser, sending the game to extra-time.Cometh the hour, cometh the man! After a goalless first half of extra time where both teams looked jaded and seemingly settling for shootouts, Okechukwu took his destiny in his hand. Picking up a loose ball after Dayo Ojoâ€™s free kick was deflected, he outpaced two Angolan defenders before shooting from the edge of the penalty box.The luck that has trailed Okechukwu all his career also followed the ball as it took a deflection off Angolan defender Wilson and beyond his goalkeeper Landu Mavanga.Okechukwuâ€™s goal made the difference. It brought joy to millions of Nigerians back home.The former Super Eagles and Flying Eagles fringe player is well famed in Nigeria after former coach of the Super Eagles, the late Stephen Keshi, handed him the number 10 jersey against Chad in Nigeriaâ€™s first AFCON 2017 qualifiers in Kaduna.Keshi was queried by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for including a player who doesnâ€™t play in any level of Nigerian football league, in the national team.Okechukwu was born August 28, 1995. He is a product of Water FC Academy in Abuja. In February 2016, he signed a contract with Ukrainian club FC Karpaty.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, the campaign for the inclusion of more home-based players in the Super Eagles is on. Three local players -Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Stephen Eze, and Gabriel Okechukwu are hoping to grab their chances in the two friendly matches against Poland and Serbia. With Ezenwa having impressed during the World Cup qualifiers, the onus nowÂ is on Okechukwu to justify the campaign for the inclusion of more localÂ players in the Russian party,Â writes Kunle AdewaleA fter an above average-performance at last monthâ€™s CHAN in Morocco, it came as no surprise that Gabriel Okechukwu was included in the list for Super Eaglesâ€™ upcoming friendly matches against Poland and Serbia. Though the campaign for the home-based players to be included in the Nigerian team to the World Cup has been on increase in recent times, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohrâ€™s position remains that the countryâ€™s best legs are outside the shores of the land.â€œOur best players are playing in Europe. Senegal, who we played against in London, had no local player. The big teams donâ€™t have local players,â€ the German tactician had said then.However, after much criticism over the lack of opportunities to local players in his team, Rohr then declared that only exceptional players in the CHAN Eagles will be invited to the Super Eagles.The 63-year-old German however insisted that the current Eagles squad had top quality players and charged the home-based players to prove they can do better.Rohr said that he was keen on giving the NPFL players the opportunities to play for the team and as such, his assistants, Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo have been scouting the league for the best legs to represent the country in the CHAN tournament.Okechukwu has vowed to justify his inclusion in the Super Eagles squad if he gets a chance to feature in the teamâ€™s international friendlies against Poland and Serbia.The Akwa United attacker, who spoke to AOIFootball.com, said he remained grateful to Gernot Rohr for considering him worthy of a national team call-up.â€œI feel excited to be invited among the players that will represent the country against Poland and Serbia. I want to use this medium to say a big thank you to the coach for giving me this opportunity to be a part of this team and I promise not to disappoint,â€ the CHAN hero said.Gabriel further added that if given the chance in any of the games, he would grab the opportunity with both hands: â€œIf given the opportunity by the coach, I will always have to come in and do what I know how to do best, which is to play and prove that I deserve to be a permanent member of the team.â€œItâ€™s a lifetime opportunity playing for Nigeria at this level and Iâ€™m prepared to take it. The World Cup is the biggest competition every player dreams of and Iâ€™m not an exception. The games will serve as a preparatory test for us and every player invited will be eager to prove their own class so I will be ready to prove that as well.
An elated Quadri believes the rating would afford him another opportunity to continue to work harder.“I am so happy with the ranking particularly with my qualification for the ITTF World Cup in France. Again, this ranking has shown that I should not relax but continue to work harder because remaining on top is one difficult task for any athlete. “I must redouble my efforts in training and continue to compete in major competitions across the globe. I will not be carried away by this rating but be humbled by this feat and remain focused in order to maintain my status in the global rating,” he promised.Hear him on what it has been like taking part in an ITTF championship without a coach and how many times he has participated in championships without a coach.“I must admit that it has not been easy but I am getting used to it. It is painful because, with a coach behind you, he can see what you are not seeing while playing and I know this most times gives my opponent an edge over me. I won the 2017 Polish Open without a coach but for me, if I have the means (funding) I can get a coach because it is quite expensive in Europe to get a coach. You have to pay the coach, pay for his boarding and all these are too much for me to bear. But getting the opportunity to play at ITTF tournament with the support I have been getting from my sponsor – Baba Ijebu Bet and other means have helped me to improve tremendously. It is quite true that I need a coach but I cannot afford it for now,” Quadri said.Quadri in his own little way has been supporting a lot of junior players in Nigeria with equipment which he said is key to them. “I may not be making noise about it but I know a lot of people are aware of my support to Nigerian players at home. I have also assisted some of them to secure contracts with clubs in Europe and this for me is my own contribution to the sport,” he noted.Quadri was not initially a table tennis player; he actually began his sporting adventure in athletics. “I was into athletics particularly sprint event at Adeyemi Secondary School in Oyo town, South-west of Nigeria. It was while running that I was invited to play table tennis by Mr. Abolarin in the late 1990s and that was how my romance with table tennis started. Ping pong enticing and exciting because players are less prone to injury and being the fastest sports in the world, it has continued to gain global attention. I love the sport with every passion in me and this makes me to always give my best in training. It is an individual sport that encourages hard work because it is what you put that you get,” the Oyo State-born ping ponger said.His biggest win so far was winning the Polish Open in 2017 as he is the first African to win an ITTF tournament outside the continent. Other big wins were when he made it to the quarterfinal of the ITTF World Cup in 2014 and Rio Olympic Games in 2016.Asked how he finances himself to competitions, Quadri said: “I got support from my major sponsor –Joola, as well as the salary I earn from my club – Sporting. Recently, I got an endorsement from a Nigerian betting firm – Premier Lotto which signed me for three years. Sponsors are very vital to me because they help me to attend more competitions and get the needed equipment to compete at the top level. The little fund I get from sponsorship help to focus on the game rather than thinking of financing myself to competitions.”The Nigeria No 1 table tennis player is conscious of his status as a role model to upcoming sportsmen and women and would therefore not want to live a life that would portend a negative influence on them.“I am conscious of the kind of impact I can have on the lives of a lot of people across the world. So for me, I ensure I remain positive and a good ambassador of my country wherever I found myself. Even off the table, I relate with some of them and share my life experience with them because I did not get to where I am today by just dreaming about it but by the Grace of God. I worked hard to get here. You must also believe in yourself and these are some of the qualities I am hoping that people can pick from me,” he noted.Quadri, however, craved that the Sports Ministry should give all sports the needed attention, saying that, “attention given to football is detrimental to other sports in Nigeria. If some of us in other sports get 10 per cent support of what football is getting, I believe Nigeria will be among the best sporting nations in the world. Also, attention will also be given to youth development because without support to the juniors we cannot produce champions in future. Sports can create an immediate job for people particularly when there are regular competitions while the athletes will also benefit. Without sports, I don’t think I will be where I am today because sports has taken me far and wide and I have made name for myself and my country. There are many Aruna Quadri out there, but what they need is the right support.” Meanwhile, Omar Assar of Egypt still maintained the record as the first African player to be ranked in top 16 in the world but the inactivity of the Egyptian in the last two months may have caused his fortune in the world rating to plummet.Assar who will not be part of the 2018 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open dropped from 21 to 23 in the latest ranking.Also, the new leader on the ITTF World Tour Standings; China’s Xu Xin is the player to make the most significant progress on the Men’s World Rankings issued for August 2018.He climbs three positions to No.5 to replace Germany’s Timo Boll who drops one position to No.3, being behind compatriot – Fan Zhendong who continues to lead the list.One place lower for Timo Boll, it is the same for China’s Lin Gaoyuan who drops to No.4 and Germany’s OVTCHAROV Dimitrij who now appears at No.5.Conversely, Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto progresses from No.8 to No.6 and is now ahead of China’s Ma Long and Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu; each is one rung down the ladder lower than in July.In the women’s rating, finalists at the recent 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open in Geelong, with Liu Shiwen beating Ding Ning in all Chinese final, both make notable progress on the Women’s World Rankings for August.Former occupants of the top spot, Liu Shiwen climbs four places to No.2, being one behind colleague, Zhu Yuling who continues to head the list; Ding Ning makes an even greater move. Previously at No.17, she is now in the No.7 spot.Likewise, women’s singles number one seed for 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open, Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut advances from No.59 to No.39, DPR Korea’s Kim Song I from No.55 to No.45, Japan’s Minami Ando from No.74 to No.46 and Singapore’s Zeng Jian from No.60 to No.50.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aruna Quadri’s has continued to set new records since breaking into global limelight in 2014 when he was named the first player from Africa to win the prestigious world table tennis player of the year. Outside the table, the Oyo State-born athlete emboldies humility but when in action, he roars and this, most times, sends fear into his opponents. His diligence at close-door has made him defeat some of the finest players in the world and this has continued to endear him to the hearts of many followers of table tennis globally. Despite being dwarfed to the ranking by Egypt’s Omar Assar, Qaudri never gave up and his hard work paid off recently when he overtook the Egyptian as the highest ranked African in the world, rated 18th. Kunle Adewale examines the rising profile of the Portugal-based starAruna Quadri became the first Nigerian and the second African to make the top18 rating in the monthly ranking of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), after rising from 20 to 18 in the August rating released last weekend by the world table tennis ruling body.The fortune of Quadri in the monthly ranking improved following his performance at the Australian Open where he made it to the last 16 of the men’s singles. And with this rating, the Oyo State-born athlete continues to halter his own record as the only Nigerian to achieve top 18 rating in the world.