The 2022 Commonwealth Games served off with Team Nigeria in action in the men’s and women’s table tennis competition.
To start the day, Offiong Edem led the Nigerian ladies to a 3-0 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines in the women’s team Group 1 match with two singles wins and a doubles win. First, Bello Fatimo and Offiong Edem defeated Unica Velox and Leah Cumberbatch 3-0 (11-6; 11-2; 11-5). Afterwards, Esther Oribamise defeated Shanecia Delpesche 3-0 (11-2; 11-3; 11-2). To complete the rout, Edem defeated Leah Cumberbatch 3-0 (11-1; 11-2; 11-3) to secure the opening win.
Not to be outdone by the women, Aruna Quadri led the men’s team to a 3-0 win over South Africa in their men’s team Group 2 match with two singles wins and a doubles win. First, Olajide Omotayo and Amadi Omeh defeated the duo of Theo Cogill and Chetan Nathoo 3-0 (11-5; 11-5; 11-5). In the singles events, Quadri defeated Shaun Jones 3-0 (11-6; 11-3; 12-10) and Omotayo overcame Nathoo 3-0 (11-9; 11-6; 11-6).
The Nigerian ladies fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of their Singaporean counterparts in their second Group 1 match, losing all of their singles and doubles matches against their Asian opposition.
The men, on the other hand, picked up another impressive 3-0 win over their Ghanaian counterparts to put them in a commanding position in Group 2. In the doubles, Amadi Omeh partnered Aruna Quadri to pick up a 3-0 (11-7; 11-3; 11-9) win over Emmanuel Commey and Derek Abrefa. Quadri went on to defeat Emmanuel Asante 3-0 (11-3; 11-3; 11-6) in the singles, before Olajide Omotayo completed the match with a 3-0 (11-8; 11-7; 11-8) win over Abrefa.