Africa’s most decorated player, Segun Toriola was on Friday celebrated by the Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) for clocking 41 at the ongoing African Games in Congo Brazzaville.

Toriola, who failed to make it to the last four after losing to Congo Brazzaville’s Wang Jianan 4-1 in the quarter-final was honour with a beautiful cake put together by ATTF.

Before the evening matches commenced on Friday, the giant cake which has Toriola’s picture was placed beside table one while ATTF President, Khlaed El-Salhy joined him to cut the cake.

Nigerian officials led by the President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi joined the celebration while all the umpires and referees handling proceedings at the championship also honoured the king of the game in Africa.

As the most successful player in the history of the African Games, Toriola’s 15 gold medals records has not been equaled by any player while the closest to him is compatriot, Bose Kaffo, who has 13 gold medals to her credit. Olufunke Oshonaike has 11 gold medals.

For ATTF President, Toriola has remained a role and a good ambassador for Africa.

“Toriola is a model of a real top player, dedicated in promoting himself as well as good ambassador of table tennis in Nigeria, Africa and the whole world. He is a real legend of table tennis in Africa by winning the largest number of gold medals in all his seven appearances at the games,” El-Salhy said.

On what young athletes should learn from Toriola, the ATTF boss said: “They should concentrate on the sport and ensure that they work hard wherever they find themselves.”