Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna has been drawn against Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson and Heming Hu from Australia in Group C of the ITTF Men’s World Cup, which starts in Chengdu, China, today.
Aruna, who didn’t initially qualify for the World Cup, was called as a late replacement for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, who pulled out injured on Tuesday
The Nigerian is the highest ranked player in the group, 20th in the world, ahead of Karlsson, ranked 25th and Hu at 66.
Aruna will play Hu in the group’s first match on Friday, before playing Karlsson in the second match same day.
Egypt’s Omar Assar is placed in Group B alongside USA’s Kanak Jha and Lee Sangsu from Korea Republic.
Two players each from each group will join the eight seeded players to compete in the main draw which will start on Saturday.