French move dream come true, say Omotayo

French move dream come true, say Omotayo - Punch Newspapers

Olajide Omotayo, a 2019 African Games gold medallist, has described his move to French Pro A team, PPC Villeneuve, on a one-year deal as a dream come true.

He joins the French  side after spending six years in the Italian Table Tennis Super League.

An excited Omotayo, who last played for TT Genova in Italy before the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020,  said playing against world-class players in the French league will help improve his game.

“This is a big move for me having played in Italy for over six years. Now I will have the chance to play against some of the best players as well as improve my game,” he said.

“It is the dream of every player to play in the top league in Europe and France is among the top three leagues in the world. I cannot wait to start playing because I know my game will improve and I will also have the opportunity to be exposed to top-class coaching in a good club.”

Villeneuve, who announced the signing of the 26-year-old on their Facebook page, described him as a fighter who they hoped would help the team to secure the top spot in the elite French league.

The club wrote, “Olajide Omotayo from Nigeria, 26, and ranked 92 in the world, will be a formidable opponent for our competitors. Little known in France, it will be interesting to follow and his fighting spirit will be a quality appreciated by the public in France.

Omotayo will be joined by other members of the team – French junior international Jules Cavaillé and experienced Russian star Alexey Liventsov – while the team will be coached by Admir Duranspahic, who replaced departing coach Lepage Cedric.

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