As the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games gets underway on Thursday in Birmingham, UK, eight players will be representing Nigeria in table tennis.

Nasiru Bello, the National Coach, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the eight players; which four males and four females , were in high spirits and in top forms.

Bello said that the athletes  had intensified training since their arrival in UK on Monday, adding that  that they were working relentlessly toward  delivering medals to  the country after the tournament.

 “The preliminary draws were concluded yesterday and  today is a free day for us to train more.

“Preparations for this game had been in top gear and the players are in high spirit.

“In the game of table tennis, you cannot predict what can happen in the next minute.

“ I assure you and I pray that the athletes will. emerge winners in all of their categories”, he said.

Bello also listed   the four male players as ; Haruna Quadri, Bode Abiodun, Omotayo Olajide and Amadi Omeh.

The females are; Edem Offiong, Fatimo Bello, Tosin Oribamise and Ajoke Ojomo.

Also speaking, Fatimo Bello, Nigeria’s top ranked in women table tennis, said  that she was optimistic about her chances of winning in the games.

She added that there are other good players but with determination, hard work she would emerge with medals.

Bello who is ranked number 52 in the world and number four in Africa  added that  she believed  that their chances of winning medals were bright.

“We are in good shape at the moment and I believe we will do well in Birmingham.

“ Individually, I have been training on my own and I’m confident about our chances.

“We have good players at the moment and I believe we will win medals here, which is our target”, she said.

NAN reports that the 2022 Commonwealth Games  will hold from July 28 to Aug. 8 in Birmingham. (NAN)