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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Table tennis player Edem Offiong 

Did you know that Africa's number two table tennis player Edem Offiong used to be a footballer?

Offiong made it known while featuring on the BCOS TV Sports programme Fans Forum, that she use to be a footballer until she took to table tennis. 


The table tennis star made this known to Boluwaji Ogunmola on the sports programme, that she never knew she could go far in table tennis as she loved football more than ping pong game. 

" People told me I played table tennis well but I never knew I could go far because I loved football more than any other game", she said on Fan's Forum from her base in Madrid Spain.

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The Calabar born table tennis player who will represent Nigeria at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics also disclosed that securing Olympic ticket was her toughest experience so far.

" Qualifying for Olympics wasn't easy for me as I  had to contend with two Tunisian girls in my group in Tunis. I complained bitterly to the organisers because I saw this arrangement as unfair to me but favourable to the Tunisians. 


However, I took my destiny into my hands and eventually qualified after beating the two Tunisians and the Ethiopian in my group", Offiong recalled.

Speaking on her preparations and expectation for 2020 Olympics, Offiong said she was looking forward to having a remarkable performance in Tokyo next year. 

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