The eight-man contingent that will represent Africa at this year’s ITTF World Cadet Challenge has been named by the continental ruling body in Tunis, Tunisia.
The team emerged after the 2017 ITTF African Junior & Cadet Championships with Egypt’s Mohamed Azzam and Tunisia’s Garci Fadwa leading the boys and girls team to the tournament holding in Fiji on October 21 to 29.
The 13-year-old Azzam, who was unbeaten at the African Junior & Cadet Championship, will be joined in the boys’ team by Tunisia’s Youssef Ben Attia, Congo Brazzaville’s Regis Kiassi and Algeria’s Abdelbasset Chaichi.
Kiassi and Chaichi are making a return to the team after being part of the 2016 edition in Shanghai, China, while Azzam and Ben Attia will be making their debut.
Cadet girls’ champion, Tunisia’s Garci Fadwa will have Egypt’s Hana Moahmoud, Algeria’s Nourhane Houda Taguerdifi as well as South Africa’s Kiara Naidoo in the girls’ team. Also, the four girls will all be making their debut at the World Cadet Challenge.
Unlike others, South Africa’s Kiara Naidoo made her international debut in Tunis and her performance in the cadet singles where she finished eighth secured her a place in the team.
A three-man coaching crew made up of Egypt’s Bacent Othmane, Tunisia’s Ghazy Ben Kahia and Algeria’s Hamani Salim will guide the team at the championship.
Meanwhile, players from one of Africa’s powerhouses in table tennis – Nigeria will be missing the tournament for the third consecutive time, with the last appearance being in 2014.