10 May 2017

Present in the colours of Congo Brazzaville at the Qoros 2015 World Championships in the Chinese city of Suzhou, since that appearance Abiodun Lawal has not been called to international duty.

However, competing in the Second Division of the Spanish League, performing on a consistent basis has had its effect on those in his country responsible for national selection.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A player with a wealth of experience having made his World Championships debut in 2008 in Guangzhou, he will be on duty at the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships which commence in the German city of Düsseldorf on Monday 29th May; in the Men’s Doubles event, he will partner compatriot, Saheed Idowu.

He spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press Officer

My expectation in Germany is to try my best and perform well so that I can be restored back to the World Ranking list. Also I want to prove that I can cement a place in the Congo Brazzaville team because I am still pained with the way I was booted out of the team two years ago during the 2015 African Games.

I am hoping to prove that I am still in good shape and deserve a place in the Congo Brazzaville team. I have been playing in Spain over five years now, having played a season in the Super Division, while I have played four seasons in the Second Division.

In Germany, I am optimistic that African players can make an impact but I must admit that it is indeed a tall order. I must say that everything is possible in sport but it is going to be a bit difficult at the moment.

At the World Championships, every player is aiming for the best and African players cannot be ignored as they are now a force to reckon with in the game.

Liebherr 2017 World Championships Abiodun Lawal

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