Africa’s most decorated table tennis player Segun Toriola and the crack Super Eagles footballer Sunday Oliseh have been the star attractions on a busy sporting week in Kenya.
Toriola, the only African player to make seven Olympic appearances is in Nairobi to conduct a. weeklong training clinic at Oshwal Sports Complex courtesy of Kenya Table Tennis Association.
Oliseh, on the other hand, met Kenyan journalists during a Bundesliga media quiz challenge organised by Star Times at Hotel Inter Continental.
Oliseh was one of the commentators interestingly during the live screening of the Bundesliga clash between his old club Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg.
In his active playing career, Oliseh played as a midfielder. He was the coach of the Nigerian national football team from July 14, 2015,
until he resigned on February 26, 2016, over a “lack of support”, unpaid wages and contract violations by the Nigerain Football
A physical, technical defensive midfielder, Oliseh played for well world famous clubs such as AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus F.C. He became Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund in season 2001/02.
Oliseh also participated in the Olympic gold medal winning team of 1996.
Segun Moses Toriola , born 18 September 1974 in Ilorin , Kwara, Nigeria is a Nigerian professional table tennis player based in Europe.
He is the youngest of nine brothers.
Since 1995 he has been ranked as the best Nigerian player. He has been amongst the top table tennis players in Africa since the mid-1990s.
Ranked number 1 in Africa from 1998 to June 2008, when Egyptian Eli Saleh Ahmed became the leading African table tennis player. However, since 2009, Toriola has again been the number 1 in Africa. Renowned for his unusual style of forehand play, which makes him an awkward opponent for many.
Despite lacking good footwork has an excellent topspin, which has allowed him to pull off many upsets with top world players.
During his career he has won multiple medals in international singles tournaments. Some of his important achievements are: 4 African Table Tennis Singles Championships (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006) and 2 Doubles Championships (1994,1992).