Five countries are gunning for the signature of Segun Toriola to handle their national teams. Sources from Rio, venue of the ongoing Olympic Games, revealed that two countries from Asia and three from Europe were interested in having the seven-time Olympian as national coach.
“Toriola is a ‘beautiful bride’ here and many of these people speaking to him are so serious such that they are talking in concrete terms,” our source said.
At the weekend, a rapturous applause attended Toriola’s exit from the table tennis event of the Rio Olympics could have been mistaken for a victorious ovation.
The ping-pong icon exited the Rio Games but held his head high the way only legends do.
His conqueror, Japan’s Niwa Koki, who defeated him in the men’s singles event of table tennis joined in acknowledging the iconic star who raised his hands to return the sporadic applause.
Not long after his defeat, Toriola who made history by joining the elite stars’ club of players to have attended seven Olympics turned out to be the beautiful bride who is sought after by many countries to sign as their coach.
‘’Countries are queuing to see who will out-bid the other to land Toriola as coach,’’ a very dependable source added. Interestingly too, Nigeria is also desirous of landing the history maker as national coach.
President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Enitan Oshodi, said, “He’ll be an asset and has always been to our younger athletes. We’ll see how to make it even if it means living abroad and coaching from there as it were. “He deserves all the accolades.
That is the result of discipline and hardwork. And honestly, they are the things lacking in our youth players. They are in a hurry to ride expensive cars without working for it.’’