Table Tennis: Egyptian Star Dares Nigeria Ahead Of African Championship
Mohammed El-Beiali will lead the Egyptian team in the absence of Omar Assar in Mauritius and he is talking tough ahead of the 2018 ITTF African Championship holding in Mauritius on September 3 to 9.
The Egyptian is among others aiming to lead his country against Nigeria in the men’s team event of the tournament which serves as qualifiers for the ITTF World Team Cup in 2020.
El-Beiali was in Lagos few days ago for the ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open, but his dream of replicating the feat set by Omar Assar was rubbished when he was overwhelmed by Romanian teenager, Sipos Rares in the round of 16 of the men’s singles.
But undaunted by this setback, Mohammed El-Beiali is hoping that he will be in race for the men’s singles title in one of the Africa’s flagship tournaments in the Island of Mauritius.
“My dreams and goals are to ensure that we did not miss Omar Assar much in the team particularly when playing against a strong team like Nigeria. I must admit that we will surely miss him (Omar Assar) in the team but with the youthfulness of Khaled Assar and the experience of Ahmed Saleh we can conquer Nigeria in the team event. My partnership with Khaled Assar will also rule the men’s doubles. Personally, my target is the men’s singles title and I hope I can win it this time around,” he said.
Mohammed El-Beiali is aiming for the top 100 in the ITTF ranking this year and believes the standard of the game has improved tremendously in Africa particularly with the giant strides made by Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar.
“I must say that Africa has come of age in table tennis with the exploits of Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar. They have set a benchmark for us in the continent and this has accorded us respect in the world. I look forward to an exciting tournament in Mauritius,” he added.
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