Table tennis: Aruna, Edem lead Nigeria’s charge for World Cup qualification

A total of 32 table tennis players, made up of 16 men and 16 women will compete at the 2020 Top 16 Cup holding in Tunis later this month for a place at the 2020 ITTF World Cup holding in Germany and China later in the year.

The list which was released by the African Table Tennis Federation has four Nigerian players – two male and two female players.

They are Africa’s number ranked player, Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo, Offiong Edem and Fatimo Bello, who is the West Africa regional champion.

Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref will hope to defend their title at the three-day tournament.

Other players who will feature are Algeria’s Sami Kherouf (North), Cote d’Ivoire’s Oba Oba Kizito (West), Congo DRC’s Gedeon Kassa (Central), Kenya’s Brian Mutua (East), and South Africa’s Shane Overmeyer (South).

Also expected to battle for the sole slot in the men’s singles are Algeria’s Larbi Bouriah, Benin Republic’s Monday Olabiyi, Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu, Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw, Togo’s Kokou Dodji Fanny, Tunisia’s Adam Hmam, Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh as well as South Africa’s Theo Cogill.

Meshref will have to contend with regional champions Tunisia’s Fadwa Garci (North), Congo DRC’s Flavia Kimbu (Central), Ethiopia’s Marta Gulti (East) and South Africa’s Musfiquh Kalam (South).

 

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