Quadri Beats Rival, Assar To Win Second Senior Championship

Aruna Akinade Quadri, Nigeria’s ping pong king, has won the ITTF-Africa Senior Championships holding in Algiers, Algeria.

For the third straight time, Quadri (ranked 15th in the World & 1st in Africa) was meeting his nemesis, Egypt’s Omar Assar (ranked 21st in the World & 2nd in Africa) in the final of the ITTF Senior Championships.

Quadri lost to Assar in the final at Agadir 2016 and lost (1-4) in the final to the Egyptian in Yaounde 2021.

Quadri Aruna has won the Africa Championship title in the most spectacular fashion by completing a comeback from 0-2 down to 4-3 over arch-rival Omar Assar from Egypt.


En-route the final:


-defeated Cameroon’s Yiane Batix (4-1) in the Round of 32.

-defeated Egypt’s Mohammed (4-0) in the Round of 16.

-defeated Egypt’s Khalid (4-1) in the Q/finals

-defeated Compatriot, Mati Taiwo in the S/final: (4-0) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9, 14-12.

Nigeria’s third representative, Olajide Omotayo was defeated (2-4) by eventual finalist, Omar Assar in the Q/finals.

Quadri came from 0-2 down to win the final. Results below:

Quadri-Assar (4-3): (8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 14-12)

This will be Quadri’s second African Senior Championship after beating Ahmed Saleh (4-1) in Port Louis in 2018.