All African Games: Nigerian Table Tennis Federation hires German coach


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Martin Adomeit hands some instruction to Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna in 2014Photo:
To strengthen the technical crew for the 2015 African Games, the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has engaged the services of former German national coach, Martin Adomeit as its technical adviser.
The hiring of the coach was made possible through the financial support of the National Sports Commission (NSC).
The German tactician guided Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri to the quarter-final of the 2014 ITTF World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany and he is expected to arrive Nigeria this week to start working with the team in readiness for the games.
From 1978 to 1980 Martin Adomeit worked at youth level of clubs with Germany-based Soest TV and TuS Ampen. In 1981 he joined the TuS Jahn Soest and was part of the technical crew of the team’s female team in the Bundesliga League and in 1984, he took over as coach of the women’s team of the club. He also served from 1988 to 1997 as honourary coach of the West German Table Tennis Association (WTTA).
In 1996, he was appointed as an assistant coach by the German Table Tennis Association DTTB and in 1997 he ended all previous activities at club levels and took over the post of national coach of the German female team.
Quadri Aruna hugs Martin Adomeit
Under his tutelage, the German women’s team won three consecutive times the European League as well as winner of the 1998 and 1999 European Ladies Team Championship while in 2000, the team won silver.
For this feat, the Association of German Table Tennis Coaches named Adomeit as the coach of the year in 1999.
But after a poor outing by the German team at the 2000 ITTF World Cup, Adomeit stepped down and was replaced by Richard Prause. Adomeit now assumed responsibility for the female junior team.
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Source:: PM Newspaper