Despite his age, Segun Toriola remains the most successful table tennis player in Africa. At 43, the former African champion still relevant in the scheme of things both at country and club levels.

As an inspiration to a lot of African players, Segun Toriola who plies his trade with Argentan Bayard in the second division of the French league is yearning to do what he knows best at the 2018 Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya on March 1 to 3.

“Playing in any African tournament is a unique experience because every player wants to prove himself. So as a player who is very popular must be wary of upsets because some un-ranked players are ready to turn the table against you. Having played several of these tournaments, I am always looking forward playing at the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup and having played in Kenya in 1996, I am eager to return to compete there again,” he said.

Segun Toriola however, admitted that the battle for the title is a two-race fight between Nigeria and Egypt following the present form of players from these countries. “It is clear that it is Nigeria and Egypt that are going to be in the eyes of the storm. The battle for supremacy between the two nations will surely come to fore in Kenya and I believe the fans will enjoy every moment of the tournament,” he added.

In his usual element, Segun Toriola said he is aiming to surprise people with his performance at the Kenya challenge. “I want to give people surprise in Kenya. I am going there to do my best but I must say that I am not going to be complacent against any player because everybody is there to make the podium. So expect surprise from me in Kenya.”