Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and his Egyptian counterpart Omar Assar have both secured qualification into the second round of the men’s singles event at the ongoing 2017 ITTF World Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The likes of Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Egypt’s trio of Ahmed Saleh, Mohammed El-Beiali and El-Sayed Lashin were however shown the exit in the first round.

Quadri wasted no time in dismissing Chile’s Gustavo Gomez 4-0.

Unlike Quadri, Assar was made to work hard for his victory against Italy’s RECH DALDOSSO Marco in an entertaining encounter.

From 3-0 down, Assar had to recover to edge out the Italian 4-3 to ascertain his place in the round of 64.

A satisfied Assar said: “ I must commend my opponent for the match because in the first two games I was too soft with my receive and service and this gave him an edge but when I changed tactics, things began to work. I had made up mind to play very well in this competition and I am really determined to do that.”  

There was nothing to cheer for the African ladies as Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike, Egypt’s duo of Dina Meshref and Yousry Helmy were all shown the doors in the first round of the women’s singles.