Nigeria’s table tennis team defeated England 3-2 in the men’s team semi-finals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The team will face India in the final. Segun Toriola lost Nigeria’s first match 3-2 (14-12,9-11,7-11,13-11,7-11) to Paul Drinkhall.
In match 2, Bode Abiodun recovered from two sets down to beat Liam Pitchford 3-2 (8-11,9-11-4,13-11,11-5).
The pair of Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola beat the duo of Samuel Walker and Paul Drinkhall 3-1 (2-11,11-7,12-10,11-7) in match 3.
In match 4, Olajide Omotayo lost 3-2 (11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11) to Liam Pitchford before Bode Abiodun sealed Nigeria’s place in the final by Samuel Walker in match 5 with a nervy 3-2 ( 8-11,11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8) win.
The Nigerian team had earlier defeated hosts Australia 3-1 in the quarter-finals.
They also beat Belize 3-0 and Malaysia 3-1 respectively in their group games.