When Olajide Omotayo made his debut at the 2017 World Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany, the Nigerian fought his way to the knockout stage of the men’s singles defeating Romania’s Cristian Pletea to record of the upsets in the German city.

Since then, he had cemented his place in the Nigerian team and now he is heading to Budapest with the hope of exceeding the Dusseldorf’s exploits.

“My preparation has been on immediately I started this season because before the start of every season I always draw out tournaments I will participate in and start working on myself both physically and mentally. I am now practicing at the Italian Training Centre which has really helped me a lot. I have a target and I’m happy I am on the right path to achieve my mission this year,” he said. “I just want to go out there and be myself; have a good tournament and watch so many matches which I believe will help me. The journey to the top is still far but I’m ready to sacrifice all have got.”

On his intention to exceed 2017 feat, he said: “I can’t really say much about my target because the sport is getting more difficult now due to the knockout system of play. I’m just going there to do my thing and fight till the end. My target is to go there and perform well because a good result can only come if only an athlete performs well. I’m just going to worry more about me bringing the best in myself at this tournament;, result will come thereafter and I believe I can do it.”

Olajide Omotayo believes with the feat achieved by Aruna Quadri (NGR) and Omar Assar (EGY), African players would break the jinx of playing second fiddle to others at global tournament. “Africans are still struggling but we have the never-say-die attitude when it comes to fighting on the court. Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar are good examples for upcoming players like me. We all know that Aruna Quadri got to the quarterfinal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while Omar Assar produced good result at the World Championship in Paris, France few years ago and I know with this, I know that African players will break the jinx of not making it to the podium someday,” the 2018 African Championship semifinalist added.