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Reigning African number one table tennis star Aruna Quadri has joined Bahrain side Saar74 ahead of next Arab Championship season for an undisclosed fee.
Quadri's switch brings an end to his spell in Germany where he spent two and half years German Bundesliga side TTCRhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell. He will continue his foreign adventure in the game as he takes his game to Bahrain.
The former Sporting Lisbon player took to social media to announce his departure from the German club for the 35-team tournament, in which he will feature for the duration of the Arab Club Championship
The Nigerian completed the move to Arabian Championship, alongside teammates Anwar Meki, Hassan Abdul Rahim, Elias Elias and Mortada Hussein on a short-term deal.
Quadri enjoyed a very successful 2022, winning the African Championship and reaching the semi-final of the Men’s singles at the World Table Tennis (WTT) in Qatar.
Quadri is one of the best players in the history of the continent, he became the first African to rank top ten in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings in 2022.
The world number 14 player defeated three Chinese players en route to the semi-final in Doha — having gotten past Liu Dingshuo in the round of 32 and Zhao Zihao in the last 16.
The former world player of the year also won the men’s singles title at the ITTF African Championship in Algeria in September. Quadri had an incredible year with his performance in international games. The Oyo-born will end the year as world number 15th with 1745 points.