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A record eighth Olympics Games appearance for Nigeria’s Segun Toriola was halted by Egypt’s duo of Omar Assar and Dina Meshref after Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike lost in the mixed doubles finals of the Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the weekend in Tunis.

From the knockout draw conducted on Saturday, number one seed, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria, may slug it out with Egypt’s Omar Assar in the semifinal of the men’s singles at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Having worked their way into the main draw (round of 16) of the prestigious tournament, Quadri’s dream of repeating the 2014 quarterfinal feat was extinguished by Japan’s Jun Mizutani, while Assar met his waterloo against World and Olympic champion, China’s Ma Long.

Quadri, who claimed his first title in the Portuguese league at the weekend after lifting the Portuguese Super Cup with Sporting, is joined on the seeding list by Sporting’s teammate, Joao Monteiro

Already, Aruna Quadri qualified in July as the winner of the ITTF Africa Cup and Omar Assar was confirmed as the second continental flag bearer based on his world ranking. Also after the conclusion of the ITTF Asian Cup held in India, the Egyptian is ranked among the top 40 in the world to be considered as qualifier for the 20-man tournament.

As the most successful player in the history of the championship and since the inception of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open in 2013, Egypt’s Omar Assar has been unbeaten apart from his absence in 2016, which paved way for Finland’s Benedek Olah to claim the men’s singles title.