After one-season the Belgian table tennis league, seven-time Olympian, Nigeria’s Segun Toriola returns to his former club – Argentan Bayad in the second division of the French league.

Before moving to the Belgian league last season, Toriola, who is the most decorated African table tennis star, has been a key member of the Argentan Bayad in the last one decade where he has commanded clout among the club members.

After Toriola exit last season, the club recruited new players to help the team gain promotion to the first division being their third attempt at returning to the elite division. But they failed in their quest and narrowly escaped getting demoted to the third division by a whisker.

However, this necessitated the management of Argentan Bayad to request for the return of Toriola and the Nigerian did not hesitate to accept the offer of returning to France.

“I think I enjoyed playing table tennis and I will continue as long as my body carries me. When I moved to Belgium, I wanted new challenge which for me was good. But when the season was over in Belgium, I got a call from my former club in France that they needed my service again. I thought over and I think it is good to return because the standard in France is higher than Belgium. Even though we are playing in the second division, it is more competitive compared to the first division in Belgium,” the 42-yearold said from his base in France.

However, Toriola is hoping to help the team return to the elite division as they start their campaign on September 26 away to Levallois Sport. “This is a team I had played for in the last 10 years, and it is always good to return to the warm embrace of the management and members of the club. I am still in good form and I hope we can fight for a place in the top division this season,” Toriola added.