The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has engaged the former German national coach, Martin Adomeit, as its technical adviser. This, it believes, will help Nigeria perform well at the 2015 African Games.
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 quarterfinal stage of the 2014 ITTF World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany and he is expected to arrive in Nigeria this week to start working with the team in readiness for the games.
From 1978 to 1980 the 51-year-old Dortmund-born tactician 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 women’s 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.
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. After the poor showing of the German team at the 2000 ITTF World Cup, Adomeit stepped down and was replaced by Richard Prause as women’s coach. Adomeit now assumed responsibility for the female junior team.
From August 2004 to April 2007, Adomeit worked as coach and sporting director in Luxembourg while he also handled the Belgium national team from 2008 to 2010.
From 2010, he has been working as independent coach in camps for players and coaches for the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) and ITTF, German Organising Committee (OC), coach education in Germany as well as personal coach to top players across the globe.
Adomeit is a licensed coach, who studied at the German Sport University in Cologne.