Table Tennis: Nigeria, Egypt to battle For World Cup Slots
Africa superpowers, Nigeria and Egypt will later this month rekindle their rivalry at the ITTF Africa Cup holding in Agadir, Morocco.
Egypt as the defending champions will be relying on their stars – Omar Assar and Dina Meshref who are hoping to hold on to the title they won at Yaounde 2015 in Cameroun.
According to the President, ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, the favourites for this tournament are Nigeria and Egypt but countries like Congo Brazzaville, Algeria and Tunisia would not be pushovers when the championship serves off on July 1.
The three-day championship serves as qualifications for the ITTF World Cups with winners in the men and women events representing the continent at the prestigious tournaments holding later in the year.
Every country competing at the championship is expected to register four players made up of two men and two women while defending champions – Egypt will have six players made up of three male and three female.
Already as part of his efforts to excel at the tournament, men’s singles defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar is at present competing at the China Open in order to be in top form for the continental tournament.The tournament which was initially scheduled to be hosted by Mozambique was awarded to Morocco after the inability of the Mozambique government to confirm their interests.