Segun Toriola: Juniors will steer Kenyan game to greater heights

BY
MARIAH OLATUNJI
Nigerian legend Segun Toriola began the much awaited training camp in Nairobi urging Kenyans to invest heavily on junior programmes.
Segun, the most decorated African table tennis player with seven Olympic appearances, is in Nairobi to run an end of year clinic to educate Kenyan coaches, national team players and top juniors.
Speaking at Oshwal Sports Centre in Nairobi, Segun told ITTF the said he junior development is key to any nation aspiring to play table tennis at the highest level.
“Discipline and attitude go hand in hand and should be Kenya’s area of focus when preparing young players for the future; but I believe the sky’s the limit.”
The crack Nigerian who secured his Rio Olympics ticket in Karhtoum last February sounded quite enthusiastic of the training camp adding that it will empower Kenyan with the requisite tennis experience.

Since 1995 Segun has been ranked as the best Nigerian player.

He has been amongst the top table tennis players in Africa since the mid-1990s. Ranked number 1 in Africa from 1998 to June 2008, when Egyptian Eli Saleh Ahmed became the leading African table tennis player.

However, since 2009, Toriola has again been the number 1 in Africa. Renowned for his unusual style of forehand play, which makes him an awkward opponent for many. Toriola has an excellent topspin, which has allowed him to pull off many upsets with top world players.


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