Nigeria won six medals at the International Table Tennis Federation Junior and Cadet Open, which ended on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt.
Taiwo Mati won two gold and one bronze in the cadet singles, mini-cadet singles and team event while national junior champion, Tosin Oribamise, won one gold and one bronze in the junior women’s singles and team events. National junior men’s champion, Azeez Solanke, won bronze in the team event.
Oribamise told our correspondent online that the competition was part of her preparations for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Oribamise is the only table tennis player who qualified for the 2018 Games YOG.
“The tournament was very tough but it has helped to keep my mind on the task at hand in Argentina. I wasn’t happy when I was the only one who qualified for the Youth Olympics in table tennis but I have since accepted the challenge to do well there next year,” she said.
“The Egyptians were tough as usual but I am happy that we came back with some medals and for me I have learnt a lot to last me till I begin preparations for the Youth Olympics. I hope I can get some more competitive matches like this to prepare better for the Games.” A
NTONIO Conte’s woes have worsened with Victor Moses facing at least a month out with injury, according to The Sun.
Chelsea’s hamstring jinx has struck again with the winger limping off during Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.
He is the third Chelsea star to be crocked by a hamstring pull in the last fortnight.
Boss Conte declared the problem an ‘emergency’ as he tries to fill the gaps in his team in a busy October for the defending Premier League champions.
Chelsea suffered their second loss in a row at the weekend and Moses joins leading striker Alavaro Morata and key midfielder N’Golo Kante with hamstring problems.
In Moses’ case the player could be out for up to six weeks during a hectic run of fixtures with Champions League and Carabao Cup games sandwiched in between the defence of the title.
Moses joins the sick list at Stanford Bridge just as Morata has resumed full training.
The Spaniard sat out the defeat at Palace but should be OK to play in Wednesday’s European tie at home to Roma.
Meanwhile, their Italian opponents are facing an injury crisis ahead of the midweek showdown.
Chelsea could be up against a second-string Roma side after star defender Kostas Manolas was forced off during Saturday’s defeat to Napoli with a thigh strain.
Eusebio Di Francesco is already missing a number of first-teamers including Stephan El Shaaraway, Patrik Shick, Kevin Strootman, Gregoire Defrel and Emerson Palmieri.