The 2019 African Games gold medalist, Olajide Omotayo is one of the biggest movers in the October ITTF Ranking as the Nigerian rose to No.81 from No.122 to become the third best African player in the world.
Concise News reports that the 24 year old’s ascension means Nigeria now boast of two male table tennis players in the world top 100.
Meanwhile, Aruna Quadri remains the best-playing table-tennis player on the continent as he is placed No.19 on the globe.
Egypt’s Omar Assar is the next African on the world rating. He is ranked No.34.
Also, African women champion, Dina Meshref of Egypt climbed up the ladder of the rating as the Egyptian is now ranked 33rd best player on the planet.
She rose from 42 in September.
This will surely motivates Dina Meshref for this month’s ITTF World Cup in China.
Reacting to the news of his global rise, a delighted Olajide who vowed to continue working hard paid tribute to compatriot, Quadri.
He writes on his known Facebook page on Wednesday: “God works in mysterious ways ,my sincere gratitude goes to you all and also to my FAMILY for supporting me through hard and tough moments especially @gewotabletennis for believing in me ..
“I could recall making up my mind and telling myself that I am not able to make it this far but @quadriaruna you never stopped for once believing in me and telling me how your own journey started as well ( much love for you)… have been a bit down for weeks now but this new development just gingered my spirit and I will make sure my hard works doesn’t reduce or stop here …
“I’m here to STAY❤️❤️❤️ #gewoboy#thebetterwaytoplay#onGOD🏣”