02 Oct 2017

A first success of the new season, Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna and Bode Abiodun guided Sporting Clube de Portugal to victory in the 20th Portuguese Super Cup held at the Vila Real Sports Pavilion on Saturday 30th September.

They overcame São Cosme TMC, a second division team, to claim the title.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Portuguese international, Diogo Carvalho, gave Sporting the perfect start by beating Victor Carvalho (11-7, 11-5, 11-3). Soon after Quadri Aruna doubled the advantage when overcoming John Carmelite ( 11-5, 11-6, 11-8).

Matters concluded with Bode Abiodun, a semi-finalist at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Series Seamaster Nigeria Open beating Hugo Pinto (11-4, 11-4, 11-4) to seal the victory.

Prior to the Portuguese Super Cup win, Quadri Aruna made his debut in the European Champions League; a three-one win being the result against AS Pontoise Cergy of France on Thursday 28th September.

Undoubtedly, the win was an upset. Quadri Aruna was beaten by Marcos Freitas (11-5, 11-9, 11-8) in the opening match of the contest but João Monteiro levelled matters by overcoming Can Akkuzu (11-2, 13-15, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8). The overall fixture score level, Diogo Carvalho gave Sporting the advantage by accounting for Niagol Stoyanov (4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5).

Proceedings concluded with João Monteiro winning the battle of Portuguese colleagues. He prevailed against Marcos Freitas in four games (11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 14-12).

The next European Champions League fixture for Sporting is on Thursday 12th October when they face Poland’s K.S. Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki.

European Champions League: Results and Fixtures


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