2019 ITTF Africa Cup: It’s All-Egyptian Finals As Nigeria Settle For Bronze

2019 ITTF Africa Cup: It’s All-Egyptian Finals As Nigeria Settle For Bronze (Photo: Sportstar – The Hindu)

The 2019 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Cup finals will be contested between Assar Omar and Saleh Ahmed (men) and Meshref Dina – Helmy Yousra (women) – all of Egypt.

Concise News reports that in the men’s singles, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri beat Kherouf Sami (Algeria) 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-5) to scoop the competition’s bronze prize at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Quadri fell to arch-rival, Assar 4-1 (6-11, 8-11, 11-3, 7-11, 3-11) in one of the semi-final matches.

In the women’s singles, Edem Offiong of Nigeria saw off Garci Fadwa (Tunisia) 3-2 (8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8) in a keenly-contested match to claim third position.

Offiong had succumbed to the superior firepower of top seed, Meshref in the last-four in the morning. Meshref’s victory over the Nigerian meant the 25 year old is on course to claiming a hattrick of the Africa cup.

For three-time African women’s singles champion, Olufunke Oshonaike, the 44 year old settled for sixth in the women’s singles.

The finals will be played later today – in the evening.

With their 2nd runner-up placement, Quadri and Offiong’s secure a podium finish for the host nation – Nigeria.

To the same degree, soon after, the 2019 African Games will be staged in Morocco, a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The tournament in Lagos is not only event in it’s own right but ideal as part of a preparation itinerary.

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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