2020 ITTF World Cup: Aruna Quadri gets German, Slovenian opponents

2020 ITTF World Cup: Aruna Quadri gets German, Slovenian opponents 

Quadri Aruna - World Cup group stage draw

Nigeria’s flagbearer at the 2020 ITTF World Cup Aruna Quadri has been pitched against Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic in group three of the first round stage of the championship taking place in Weihai, China.

The tournament is one of the four Restart Competitions lined-up by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for the return of international events following COVID-19 pandemic which broke out across the globe. International table tennis events have been on hold since March 2020 and the Restart tournaments include, Women’s World Cup, Men’s World Cup, ITTF Finals and WTT championship scheduled for Macau later this month as well.

Already, the Women’s World Cup has concluded with China’s Chen Meng emerging as champion in her maiden outing and the Men’s World Cup which has Quadri and Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh as Africa’s representatives kicks off on Friday November 13 to 15 at Weihai Nanhai Olympic Sport Centre.

At the draw held on Thursday November 12, Quadri will slug it out for a place in the main draw against German Franziska while his final group match will be against the young Slovenian who is considered as one of the emerging stars from Europe.

According to ITTF, the Nigerian is regarded as one of the dark horses of the competition who is making his sixth World Cup appearance since making his debut in 2009 in Moscow, Russia.

Quadri is a bronze medallist at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup, and he is seeded no.13 among the 21 players competing in the three-day tournament.

“A regular at world title events, Quadri Aruna is no stranger to pushing the table tennis elite to the limit. Aruna will want to improve his best quarter-final finish of six years ago in Düsseldorf, as he could not go past the round of 16 in last year’s edition. What will the African representative bring to the table in Weihai?,” ITTF wrote.

The top two players in the four groups are expected to advance to the main draw where they will be drawn against the top eight seeds in the main draw of the championship.

 

SOURCE : 

Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

2020 ITTF World Cup: Toriola, Oshonaike tip Aruna Quadri to excel in China

2020 ITTF World Cup: Toriola, Oshonaike tip Aruna Quadri to excel in China

Quadri Aruna - TTC RhonSprudel Fulda-Maberzell

As Aruna Quadri awaits his possible opponents in the 2020 ITTF World Cup holding in China on Thursday November 12, Africa’s most successful table tennis players, Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike have expressed optimism on the performance of the Nigerian against some of the best in the world.

Toriola and Oshonaike have proved great ambassadors for table tennis over the years.

Both players have featured at past ITTF World Cup events and, despite approaching their late 40s, they are still active for their clubs and countries.

Notably last year, Oshonaike sealed qualification to her seventh Olympic Games, becoming the first female table tennis player to achieve the feat.

Ahead of the upcoming ITTF World Cups and ITTF Finals in China on November 13 to 17, Toriola and Oshonaike analysed the events which mark the return of international action after seven months of inactivity across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For me, these events are going to be a little bit strange because we can’t comment about the players’ recent form, but I know the Chinese always try to be in shape and ahead of the game. I am sure it is not going to be easy for many players because during the COVID-19 lockdown most players across the world were not able to practise very well, then after the lockdown, players tried to come back, but it has not been easy for players in terms of managing their feelings and confidence,” Toriola said.

He added: “Although some of the European countries have started playing leagues, these are very different to competing in international events, so it is not going to be easy for players. I think that the Chinese are the favourites because during the lockdown they were still practising and also played some competitive events in China. They are always well prepared and well organised. However, the Chinese players need to watch out for Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan, because he is a very dangerous player.”

It is going to be difficult for Africans at the World Cups. It’s a big challenge for Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh, particularly with the pace of the present players. Also considering his style of play, he is an experienced athlete who defends a lot, but I think that Quadri Aruna can go far in the competition. On his day, he has the quality to match anyone in the world.”

Meanwhile, an excited Oshonaike cannot wait to compete internationally and she commended the ITTF for managing to stage international table tennis events amidst the global pandemic.

“I’m so very happy that finally we are starting again and that the ITTF can now hold events again. I am overjoyed about that. The world’s best players will be competing at these events. For me, the top contenders in the women’s events are coming from Asia. Even though a lot of Europeans have tried hard to break into the quarter-finals of major events, it has often been hard for them.

“Egypt’s Dina Meshref has really been pushing to be up there but it will be a tough challenge. I am just being very realistic because if we have to see the way the Chinese and Japanese are playing, they are very fast and it is going to be very difficult to overcome them. I wish Dina all the best.

“In the men’s event, nothing is impossible. (Quadri) Aruna has been in the quarter-finals before in 2014, but that was a very different time. Now the players are just returning to action again. Meanwhile, the Chinese have been training hard so they have better chances. I just hope that Aruna goes out there to try his best by just being relaxed because if you are more relaxed in table tennis there can be a lot of surprises!” 

 

 

SOURCE : 

Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

I want to be a good ambassador of Nigeria in China, says Aruna Quadri

I want to be a good ambassador of Nigeria in China, says Aruna Quadri

Quadri Aruna - TTC RhonSprudel Fulda-Maberzell

Aruna Quadri has been leading TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda in the Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) and the 32-year-old is yet to find his feet in the league and the Nigerian promises that with the return of the spectators, he hopes to raise his game. The Nigerian will compete in the ITTF Restart Tournaments next month and he promises to be a good ambassador.

 

Q1. You will travel to China to play a World Cup tournament (November 13-15 in Weihai) and the ITTF finals (November 19-22 in Zheng). What are your goals?

 

“My goals are always the same: I want to improve my performance and be a good ambassador for my country, my sponsors, and my club”

 

Q2. The Olympic Games in Tokyo, which have been postponed by a year, are on the agenda for the coming year. That would be her third. Do you believe in an event?

 

“In the current situation, hardly anything can be planned. Of course, the Olympic Games are something special. But health and safety come first.” 

 

Q3. You are 32 years old. How long do you want to continue practicing your sport as a professional?

 

“I hope for a few more years. I will continue to play table tennis as long as my body allows it and my performance is good.”

 

 Q4. Why do you find it so difficult against opponents who are far behind you in the world rankings?

 

“It is still very difficult for me to adapt to the level of play in Germany. But I firmly believe that I will be able to do that very soon. The Bundesliga is really strong and challenging. I think the chance of winning is always around 50:50. One shortcoming was certainly having to play some games without spectators, like in Bad Königshofen and Düsseldorf. That is not satisfactory for me; the morale was not the same as in an audience game. Spectators are very important to me, which is an additional incentive for me.”

 

Q5. Is there a big difference between Bundesliga games and international tournaments?

 

“The Bundesliga and international tournaments are very similar. The level of play is very high here.”

 

Q6. Your weapon is the forehand. Your weak point is the backhand. The opponents use this consistently. How can you solve the dilemma?

 

“I am working very hard to become even more variable and I am confident that I am on the right track. I’m looking forward to doing my best for the team.”

Q7. They stayed in Maberzell for a few weeks and trained in Fulda, Frankfurt, and Düsseldorf. How do you like it in Germany?

 

“Germany is a beautiful country with nice people. I enjoy my stay in Fulda very much.”

 

Q8. You are Nigerian, have a Portuguese passport, and live in Lisbon with your family. What do you feel like?

 

“For me, Portugal is my second home, this is where I like to live. But Nigeria is my home. At the end of the season, we go on vacation there and visit relatives and friends.”

 

Q9. As a result of your assignments in the Bundesliga, you are abroad more often than before. Do you miss your family?

 

“I am a family person and always enjoy being with my wife and children. When I’m out and about, I keep in touch with them every day via the Internet. Even when I’m in Lisbon, the focus is on training. Table tennis is my job. It is very important to me that I can take good care of my family through my work.”

 

Q10. In the fight to stay in the league, the two games on November 27th against promoted Bad Homburg and on December 4th in Grenzau are immensely important. How big is the pressure?

 

“We’re professionals and we’re under pressure in every match – especially in both games, of course, because we urgently need the points.”

 

Q11. Are you worried that you might not be able to stay up?

 

“Naturally. But I think we will improve from game to game and we have even better days ahead of us. Hopefully, there will be a happy ending for us.”

 

Q12. Coronavirus turns life upside down – sport is no exception. With what you know today, would you have decided to join the table tennis Bundesliga again?

 

“In any case. It was always my dream to play in the Bundesliga. I am very happy and satisfied that Maberzell gave me the opportunity. And I will do everything I can not to disappoint the club and the spectators.”

 

 

SOURCE : 

Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

Quadri Aruna

Aruna Quadri leads TTC to second league win in TTBL

Aruna Quadri leads TTC to second league win in TTBL

Quadri Aruna
Quadri Aruna - TTC RhonSprudel Fulda-Maberzell

Aruna Quadri lived up to expectations in his first season in the Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) as the Nigerian saved his team TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell from the brink of defeat to beat reigning champions FC Saarbrücken 3-2 at the weekend.

The visitors were on their way to emphatic win but Quadri’s display changed the tone of the game for the home team as his win against Darko Jorgic 3- 0 (11- 5, 11- 9, 11- 2) was what gave TTC hope of a comeback.

Earlier, Ruwen Filus and Fan Bo Meng have both suffered 3-0 (5-11, 6-11, 10-12) and 3-1 (7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11) to Patrick Franziska and Shang Kun respectively.

However, it was the win by the Nigerian superstar that motivated the comeback of TTTC against the star-studded visitors.

It was the Quadri’s win that inspired Filus to record his first league win as the German international beat Shang Kun 3-1 (11- 8, 11- 5, 8-11, 11- 7) to put the tie at 2-2.

Against Quadri returned to the table to partner Meng in the deciding doubles match against Franziska and Jorgic. And continuing from what he had done earlier in the game, Quadri’s forehand supported by the backhand topspin of Meng confused Franziska and Jorgic to hand TTC a 3-0 (11-5, 15-13, 11- 7) win to the admiration of the TTC fans which had in attendance the President of TTC Stefan Frauenholz.

A delighted Frauenholz admitted after the match that the Nigerian has again shown why he remains one of the most sought after players in the world.

“Quadri Aruna initiated the turnaround in the third duel of the day, the 3-0 win over Darko Jorgic a clear sign of the qualities that lie dormant in the Nigerian. Especially in the first (11: 5) and third set (11: 2) Aruna didn’t give Jorgic a chance and was able to go into the doubles with Meng with confidence,” Frauenholz said.

But the TTC boss said October 25th will be remembered fondly. “When you win against the reigning German champions, that’s something special,” said Frauenholz. 

Source: Nigerian Table Tennis Federation
Richard Ofori

Thank you Table Tennis United

Thank You #TableTennisUnited

The year 2020 started like any other year. A year in which athletes were preparing for the biggest sporting event in the world, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

However, every activity had to be brought to a halt due to the Novel Coronavirus. Associations affiliated with the International Table Tennis Association(ITTF) had to cancel their programs. This brought untold hardship to players and coaches of the sport.

In order to help our communities cope with the new normal #TableTennisUnited decided to intervene with stimulus packages for the Table Tennis community.

As a result we at GH. Table Tennis applied for support from #TableTennisUnited for one of our budding talents, Richard Ofori, who is a junior national Table Tennis player in Ghana who needs support to enable him to reach his fullest potential.

We were pleasantly surprised when we received a response from #TableTennisUnited. They provided training kits, which comprised of canvas, jersey, tracksuit, and rubbers.

A delighted Richard Ofori thanked #TableTennisUnited, and this is what he had to say:

                                  “Thank you #TableTennisUnited for making my dream come true”

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who provide help to Richard Ofori.

  • Mr. Adolf Awotwe who discovered Richard Ofori and became his coach and trainer.
  • Mr. Elliot Agyare the C.E.O of Smartline Publishing Limited who made it possible for Richard Ofori to use the EMEF’s training centre.
  • Mr. Joseph Amoabeng the mentor of Richard Ofori.
  • The Monday Special crew of Nungua, whom he plays the game with every Monday evening.
 We at GH. Table Tennis would wish to thank #TableTennisUnited for their immense support during this period of hardship and we promise to also do our part to help promote the game.
 
Richard Ofori
Richard Ofori - 2 Ranked U15 player in Ghana
Richard Ofori

Thank you Table Tennis United

Thank You #TableTennisUnited

The year 2020 started like any other year. A year in which athletes were preparing for the biggest sporting event in the world, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

However, every activity had to be brought to a halt due to the Novel Coronavirus. Associations affiliated with the International Table Tennis Association(ITTF) had to cancel their programs. This brought untold hardship to players of the sport.

In order to help our communities cope with the new normal #TableTennisUnited decided to intervene with stimulus packages for the Table Tennis community.

As a result we at GH. Table Tennis applied for support from #TableTennisUnited for one of our budding talents, Richard Ofori, who is a junior national Table Tennis player in Ghana who needs support to enable him to reach his fullest potential.

We were pleasantly surprised when we received a response from #TableTennisUnited. They provided training kits, which comprised of canvas, jersey, tracksuit, and rubbers.

A delighted Richard Ofori thank #TableTennisUnited, and this is what he had to say:

 

“Thank you #TableTennisUnited for making my dream come true”

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who provide help to Richard Ofori.

  • Mr. Adolf Awotwe who discovered Richard Ofori and became his coach and trainer.
  • Mr. Elliot Agyare the C.E.O of Smartline Publishing Limited who made it possible for Richard Ofori to use the EMEF’s training centre.
  • Mr. Joseph Amoabeng the mentor of Richard Ofori.
  • The Monday Special crew of Nungua, whom he plays the game with every Monday evening.
 We at GH. Table Tennis would wish to thank #TableTennisUnited for their immense support during this period of hardship and we promise to also do our part to help promote the game.
Richard Ofori
Richard Ofori - 2 Rank U15 player in Ghan

Felix Lartey wins LYTTC Gaint Round Robin September Table Tennis Opens(U2500 RR-Playoff)

Felix Lartey dominates in the USA

Felix Lartey - 3 Time SWAG Table Tennis Award Winner

Ghana’s 3 time SWAG Table Tennis award winner dominates in Westchester, United States of America, where he is currently on a training tour.

Felix Lartey won the September LYTTC Giant RR September Open in the U2500 rating. The LYTTC Giant RR tournament is a USATT Sanctioned tournament which was played in the under 1900 and over 1900 category, with the winners taking home USD 200.00 and USD 500 respectively.

Felix Lartey a member of the black loopers competed in the over 1900 category which had thirty four (34) registered players. The players where categorised into four (4) groups, with each group comprising of 8 players. Felix Lartey was in Group 1 which had the likes of Alex Averin, Kelly Liang, Ainish Dassarma, Suman Saurabh, Steve Hopkins, Preston Stecklein, Gaelan Mullins and Rafi Hosein.

With his abled coach, a former black looper Courage Nenevi in his corner, Felix won all seven matches in the group stage, to qualify for the top 16 stage where he played and beat Lucy Leing. Richard Dewitt was his opponent in the quarter final stage whom he defeated to advance into the semi final. 

 

Jayden Zhou a Chinese American was his opponent in the semi final stage. Jayden is a highly rated junior player who plays for the junior national Table Tennis team of the USA. The budding talent was no match for the vastly experienced Felix Lartey, the match ended in three games to zero (3 – 0) in favour of Felix Lartey.

The final game was one, which was won, based on the desire and determination from Felix to be a champion of the tournament. Gregg Bartz a former USA Table Tennis national player was the player who stood between him and victory.

The determination of Gregg was evident from the start of the match, he led by two games to one (2 – 1) and needing only a game to win the tournament, which was a best of five encounter. However Felix had other ideas he fought in the fourth game to level the match at two games all. 

With Gregg ruining his missed opportunity, Felix dominated in the fifth and final game to win the September edition of the LYTTC Giant RR USA Sanctioned open tournament.

He was rewarded with a huge trophy and congratulatory words from Mr. William Shortz of Westchester, who was pleased with his performance and edged him to train even harder for the upcoming tournaments.

A delighted Felix Lartey thanked the Ghana Immigration Service where he works for the opportunity given, he also thanked the Westchester Table Tennis Centre for allowing him to undertake his training tour with them and finally to the Ghana Table Tennis Association for making the training tour possible. 

From us at GH. Table Tennis we say “AYIKOOOOOOOOO!!!”

Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi

Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi

Wahid Enitan Oshodi and Aruna Quadri

For more than 15 years, Wahid Enitan Oshodi has been supporting Aruna Quadri in his quest to be among the top table tennis players in the world. Oshodi, a former President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and the Chairman of ITTF Nomination Committee believes upcoming athletes need to take a cue from Quadri who has remained humble despite his rising profile.

How did you meet Aruna Quadri?

I met Aruna at the Abeokuta 2006 National Sports Festival. I was Chairman of Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSTTA) then. It was a festival which allowed Professional athletes compete and in the table tennis event the Legend himself Segun Toriola was captaining a star filled Ogun State team including Bode Kayode, Lanre Aremu and Kazeem Makanjuola who had been members of the Lagos team but decamped to the host state Ogun. Having lost many players we took a young team made up of secondary school students from Lagos to gain experience. But the cynosure of all eyes was the very young mostly unknown boys’ team from Oyo State. They had a fantastic Coach and played with such skill and determination but lost the men’s finals narrowly with Toriola’s experience coming to the fore. Aruna Quadri was one of the young boys and I introduced myself to them and started inviting them to Lagos to play in tournaments and train with our Coaches.

What attracted you to him?

I think it was the fact that he was so very humble and he seemed so determined to do well. He wanted to move to Lagos to further his education at University of Lagos and this was a bit unusual for most table tennis players who just wanted to earn some money. His humility and the respect he showed to everyone around was so good to see. I remember even my coaches grumbled a bit about us helping him because he was not from Lagos and couldn’t represent us but I wanted the best players playing in my events and so I helped in ensuring he moved to Lagos for school and to help develop his game. At that time we had tournaments fortnightly and we brought the best players from all over Nigeria and even those who were abroad joined in when they came home for holidays.

What makes Quadri a unique athlete?

Humility and the hunger to be the best. Most top athletes have these qualities but in Quadri I found a player who had an extraordinary amount of belief that he would make it to the top and become a national team player.  Every time he lost in our events he came back stronger. Always willing to put in the work to learn and better himself across all spheres. Table tennis, school and life. He just wanted to keep improving. He always wanted to know how he could improve himself. He always bounced back from every setback and never got carried away with his success. He was not the most talented athlete of his age group but he was the most determined. Nigeria has so many vastly talented and gifted athletes but most of them just can’t couple the necessary hard work and discipline to take them to the top of their sport. Quadri has a bucket-full of those important qualities.

How will you describe the rise of Quadri from obscurity to fame?

For a player who was not such a great junior player his latter development was outstanding. He wanted to go on the Professional tour and needed a bit of help with the costs but I didn’t think he was that good then but a couple of people prevailed on me and I got a group of friends and table tennis lovers together who helped him. His first few trips ended in him getting beaten soundly but he would come back home very sad but very determined to do better and soon enough even I started seeing the improvements and the qualities that have made him a great champion now. In my first interview when I became President of NTTF I told the journalists that Quadri then ranked 500+ in the world would be a top 200 player within three years. Twelve months later he was in the top 100. Pure hard work and the support of his major sponsors Baba Ijebu Sports Bet also helped greatly. Then he moved to Portugal and with better coaching and facilities his improvement defensively and powerful attack shocked the table tennis world. The most powerful forehand in the modern game drove him to African cups, Portuguese titles, World Cup quarter finals, Professional tour titles and his performances at Rio 2016 beating Timo Boll, probably the greatest player outside China, set him aside as a superstar. His Powerful attacking style of play has endeared him to table tennis fans all over the world. We have had great table tennis players Like Atanda (Mansa) Musa, Kasali Lasisi, Segun Toriola and many more but Quadri seems to have taken the best attributes of these great players. Musa and Kasali’s exciting entertaining styles coupled Toriola’s hard work and discipline. He always wants to learn from the best. The reaction he gets from crowds and the way he lights up venues all over the world is such a delight to see. That’s what has made him the modern day sports and entertaining superstar he is. In 2019 Watching Quadri at the Teslim Balogun Stadium when he defended his Nigeria Open title before the fanatical Lagos crowd was one of the greatest spectacles of modern day sport in Nigeria. To be a top 20 ranked player in a sport like table tennis dominated by Asians and Europeans is no mean feat.  He is a pride to Nigeria and Africa. Our country needs to show more pride in him.

How far do you think Quadri will go?

I believe Quadri is a top 10 player. He is one of the few players in the world who has the class to win a World or Olympic title. If he has a good run in any tournament he could win it. He just needs to focus properly and he can do it as he has shown. He is capable of beating anybody in the world and he is now proving that consistently. The top players are always nervous because of his relentlessly powerful forehand and now that he has added a great defence and reliable backhand to his game I think we would soon see him in the top 10. His move to Germany, the premier league of world table tennis will also ensure he continues to progress. More sponsors are now making overtures to him and the financial stability that comes with being a top player will also help him keep his focus. Quadri is already a table tennis great but more importantly his performances are opening doors for a lot of talented young gifted Nigerian and African players. Professional table tennis is now a career choice for many due to his achievements.

What lessons can others learn from his story?

There is no shortcut to lasting success. Patience, hard work, discipline and respect for your sport and your body allied to talent will lead to the top. Quadri is at the top of world table tennis now coming a long way from Oyo. It is because he had managed to stay true to those simple qualities. Bouncing back every time you fail and keeping your focus on the prize is the way to success.

SOURCE : Nigerian Table Tennis Federation

TTC tips Aruna as top five performers in German Bundesliga

TTC tips Aruna in top five performers in German Bundesliga

Aruna Quadri

Having scanned through the records Quadri Aruna had set in the last six years, the President of TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell (TTC) Stefan Frauenholz could not but tipped the Nigerian to be among the top five performers in the 2020/2021 Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) season. 

Quadri who replaced departed TTC top performer Croat Tomislav Pucar, is hoping to lead the team to top four target set by the management of the team. 

The newcomer will “be among the five best Bundesliga players. In Fulda, however, Aruna also has big footsteps to fill in. After all, Tomislav Pucar left the TTC for Russia after two extremely successful years,” Frauenholz said. 

This weekend on Sunday September 6, Aruna will lead TTC away to TSV Bad Königshofen who will be playing without their performers following COVID-19 scare in the team. 

TSV Bad Königshofen started as a contender for the play-offs last season but they were unfortunate to finish in ninth place.

For the new season, the squad seems to be a bit weaker than last year, at least on paper following the exit Japanese Mizuki Oikawa, a top performer from previous years. 

With the signing of Frenchman Abdel-Kader Salifou, a former player with TTC Neu-Ulm last season, the club believes Salifou is a good match for Bad Königshofen, as his new teammate Bastian Steger had already explained when he introduced the Frenchman. 

“He’s a fighter with a great attitude who never loses a sentence. Our viewers will like that, especially since he has a very attractive style of play and an extremely strong forehand. ” 

However, the team will depend all the more on Kilian Ort’s fitness level as the 24-year-old was forced to watch for a long time last season Final placement of Bad Königshofen. 

Bad Königshofen will continue to be led by Bastian Steger, who at 39 years of age is still guaranteed points. 

Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany – TTBL

Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany – TTBL
Aruna Quadri

The organisers of the elite table tennis league in Germany, Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) have said that the arrival of Aruna Quadri has increased interest in the league by Germans. 

The Nigerian will be making his debut on Sunday September 6 for his club – TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell away to TSV Bad Königshofen and there have been excitement in Germany over Quadri’s arrival. 

According to the spokesperson of TTBL, Patrick Wichmann, Quadri’s transfer has attracted the attention of table tennis fans in Germany. 

“We are very happy to have Quadri in the TTBL. As a league, we have felt the national interest that the transfer has attracted, but of course also the international media response. Quadri is a worldwide table tennis brand. Therefore we are very happy to have him in the TTBL and are looking forward to his debut on Sunday September. In TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell he had to replace Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, who played two seasons with the team. Now it will be exciting to see how fast Quadri gets used to the level in the strongest league in Europe,” Wichmann said. 

Also in the preview of the league kick-off this weekend, TTBL described Quadri as an exciting player that Germans are looking forward to watching him play against the best in the league. 

“The fact that the TTBL is considered the strongest league in Europe is due to the numerous top stars who appear at the tables year after year. The fans can look forward to one or the other new face in the new season. One of the most exciting transfers was made by the TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, which ranks 20th in the world with Quadri Aruna. The Nigerian will appear for the first time in the TTBL and should compensate for the departure of Tomislav Pucar,” the statement said.