A Germany-based table tennis manufacturing company Gewo has signed a three-year deal to kit Nigeria national teams (junior and senior) to major competitions.
The Hamburg-based company would provide ITTF approved equipment for the duration of the contract (2018-2020) while 10 junior players will be supported with clothing, blades and rubbers.
Also, two Nigerian top players will have once in a year training camp in Europe with Gewo offsetting the expenses.
The deal was signed by the President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, and Gewo’s representative, Florian Wehner, at the just concluded ITTF World Team Championship.
In a statement sent to Concise News, Ishaku Tikon described the deal as a step forward for the sport.
He said: “I am so excited about this contract and this is a result of the efforts our players have made at global level in recent times. We believe this will take away the burden of equipment from us and empower our players to play with the latest equipment in the sport.
“I hope that this will inspire our players to aim higher in order to attract more international companies to the sport.”
Alos speaking, Nigeria’s Captain, Segun Toriola, said the contract would help the national teams when it comes to equipment and kits to major tournaments.
“We hope that this is the beginning of good thing to come to table tennis in Nigeria. We are excited and we hope it will be a continuous alliance,” he added.
For Gewo’s Wehner, the decision to sign contract with the NTTF was based on the quality of table tennis in Nigeria.
Wehner said: “We respect Nigeria and they are one of the best table tennis playing nations in the world. Their players are among the world’s best and for us at Gewo, we are the best and we want to be identified with the best.