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Nigeria, Egypt Take ITTF Rivalry To Algiers

Posted: Mar 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema, Lagos

Table Tennis rivalry between Nigeria and Egypt will come to the fore at the 2016 ITTF African Junior Championships holding in Algiers from April 6 to12.
Future stars are expected from East, West, South and North of the continent.
According to a statement on ITTF site, 15 events would be competed for at the seven-day championships.
Apart from the jostle for the best teams, the tournament would also afford teams to compete for the three slots allocated to the continent at the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship holding later in the year in Pretoria, South Africa.
Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Nigeria’s Amadi Omeh will the players to watch out for including Algeria’s Sannah Lagsir who singled-handedly halted the dominance of Egypt at the 2015 edition in Mauritius.
Khaled El-Salhy, President, Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), said that between 12 and 15 countries were expected at the championship with the inclusion of events like the Youth U-21 events for boys and girls.
He admitted that the presence of team from Nigeria would add vigour and glamour to the championship. “In 2015, Nigeria was absent from the tournament in Mauritius and their presence in Algiers will surely make the tournament more competitive particularly against teams from the Northern parts of the continent.
“ It will also help ATTF to select the best teams that will qualify for the World Juniors and select African teams for this year’s World Cadet Challenge. I know that the fight for the teams that will qualify for the World Junior Championships will be among four Associations – Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia in the boys and girls categories.”