Table Tennis: Nigerian Youngster Rated Among Africa’s Best
Nigeria’s Tosin Esther Oribamise has been rated top among Africa’s best table tennis players after her performance at the Youth Olympic Qualifying Games held in Tunis, Tunisia.
Oribamise emerged as one of the four players that would be representing Africa at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina.
According to the International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF Africa President, Khaled El-Salhy, Oribamise only the best players have been chosen to represent the continent.
"I am satisfied with the qualities of play from all the players that took part in the qualifiers and those that emerged were indeed the best from the qualifiers.
"I just need to appeal to national associations to ensure that these four players prepare very well for the games because I could recall at the maiden edition of the game in Singapore, Africa represented by Tunisia’s Adam Hmem partnered with a Chinese player to win bronze in the mixed doubles event and it will be good if Africa can also do well next year in Argentina," El-Salhy said.
He, however, said there are possibilities that Africa applies for wildcards which can only be awarded to countries with less number of participants.
"We hope to apply for wildcards because at the 2014 edition in China, we had four wildcards for Togo, Congo Brazzaville and others making African having eight players competing.
"But we hope we can apply again but this will only be given to countries with less number of participants in the games and not to top countries,” the ITTF Africa boss added.
Egypt’s Abdel-Aziz and Oribamise emerged champions in the boys and girls event of the qualifiers held in Tunis.
Abdel-Aziz beat Tunisia’s Hamdoun 4-2 while Oribamise defeated Egypt’s Alhodaby 4-3 for the girls’ title.