Since making his debut in 2008 for his adopted country in 2008 in Guangzhou, China, Abiodun Lawal has been a consistent member of the Central African nation. He returned to the team at the 2018 World Team Championship in Halmstad, Sweden after two years of absence.

Despite playing in the second division in the Spanish League, Abiodun Lawal is a player with a lion-heart and he is heading to Budapest to rock the boat with the heavyweights.

Aware that he would begin his campaign from the preliminary round, the 27-year-old is warming up for the tournament in his Spanish base.

“I am preparing very well for the tournament I now train twice (morning and evening) in readiness for the big task in Budapest. Even if the competition starts tomorrow, I am fully ready considering the matches I had also played in the league,” he said.

The Nigeria-born Congolese is now underrating himself even against ‘big players’ as he hopes to topple his group to be sure of advancing to the next stage in Hungary. “My first target in Budapest is to top my group and advance to the knockout stage where anything can happen. I fear no foes as I am also ready to prove a point in the competition.”

Also, Abiodun Lawal believes the Budapest showpiece would afford him the ample chance to assess some of his continental rivals ahead of the 2019 African Games in Morocco. “My other aims is to try my best to use the tournament to prepare myself for the African competitions this year which starts with the African Cup and then the African Games in Morocco,” he added.

Apart from competing in Hungary, Abiodun Lawal describes the World Championship as the festival of table tennis where the best players in the world assemble and for him, it will give him the opportunity to test might with some of the world’s best in a colourful atmosphere.