Players and teams expected to battle for honours at the 2017 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) national open and Commonwealth Games trials arrive Lagos on Monday December 11.

The four-day tournament serves off on Tuesday December 12 with draws for the 18 events at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium.

All eyes will be on the 2017 Asoju Oba Cup champion, Jamiu Azeez as well as women’s singles defending champion, Cecilia Otu-Akpan who will be aiming to retain her title.

Women’s singles defending champion – Otu-Akpan is not ready to lay down her title this year. “I must tell you that we have never had the kind of build-up we have been having in the last six weeks. We now train at the newly ultra-modern hall with quality equipment and I will not like to talk too much as I will only do my talking during the competition,” the African Games medalist said.

Azeez, who is still ruing the manner he lost the 2016 edition title to Sola Oyetayo said he hopes to reverse things this year. “I believe the Asoju Oba Cup has helped to put me in top shape for the national open and trials,” Azeez said.

Over 300 players across Nigeria are expected to compete in 18 events including para athletes who will aiming for places in the Commonwealth Games team.

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