An excited Ahmed Saleh of Egypt says defeating Nigeria within the female and male classes of desk tennis occasions on the ongoing 12th African Video games was essential to them and revenge in opposition to the nation.
“I’m so joyful that we had been in a position to obtain our dream of avenging the 2015 loss in 2019, and I believe that is crucial match for us as a result of we had ready very nicely for it within the final 5 months,’’ Saleh mentioned after the defeat late on Friday in Rabat.
“We anticipated that we are going to meet Nigeria within the last and we had been actually shocked with the doubles’ line-up of Nigeria once they paired Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola as a result of they’ve been enjoying with the pair of Toriola and Olajide Omotayo for the reason that begin of the event.
“This is essential for us choosing the gold medals and securing our place in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games in Japan.
“I’m personally so excited and for the group we’re so excited successful the gold medals and, most particularly qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games in Japan.
“We actually ready for this match and we knew it was going to be powerful even once we had been main 2-0. We had thought we might win the match at 3-0, however we needed to struggle until the top.
“Nigeria group just isn’t a pushover and we ready very nicely for the match as a result of we had anticipated it to be although. I’m so joyful that we now have now secured our place in Tokyo.’’
In the meantime, group Nigeria have booked semi-final slots within the female and male soccer occasions of the 12th African Video games, because the Flying Eagles stopped the host Morocco within the final group match.
The Nigerian group wanted a draw to cease Morocco who must win to advance to semi-finals stage.
Emeka Chinonso in jersey 11 made the distinction with the second purpose late in late within the second half to interrupt the guts of the Moroccans.
The England Brooke Home Soccer Academy striker’s 85th minute purpose was all Nigeria must guide a spot within the semi-finals.
The Moroccans took the lead after a defensive error the primary half.
The Flying Eagles fought onerous to get the equaliser by means of a penalty scored by the captain, Abubakar Ibrahim to finish the primary half.
The Moroccans bought their very own share of penalty when the referee dominated that Samuel Zaruma dealt with the ball within the field and the resultant penalty was scored by Ismail Moutarajji.
However the combating spirit of Nigeria got here to fore when the Flying Eagles got here again by means of the purpose scored by Chinonso to finish the sport 2-2.
The feminine group had earlier certified for the semi-finals from Group B.